• Distance 2.5km
  • Altitude max 709m
  • Altitude min 651m
  • Duration 1.25 hours
  • Trail type Return
Three Stars

Three Stars

Worth Doing

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Three

Grade Three

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Eastern Rim Wildflower Walking Track NSW (2.5km)

Morton National Park

Nearest Town

Moss Vale, NSW

Best Time of the Year to Travel

Year round although its a bit cool in mid winter

Starting Location

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, Morton National Park

Finish Location

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, Morton National Park

Eastern Rim Wildflower Walking Track Review

The Eastern Rim Wildflower Walk is the first section of the 6.5 km Eastern Rim Walking Track and is a walk worth doing in its own right or if you don’t have the fitness or the time for the longer walk. This 2.5 km walk as the name suggests is all about the wildflowers and when we did this walk in May and there were Banksias aplenty in flower, Wattles and the Mountain Devils (Lambertia). I can imagine that there would be a whole different batch of wildflowers in springtime so if you have the opportunity do this walk at different times of the year, do so.

The first section of this walk crosses underneath the road and heads away from the short spur track that takes you to the main falls viewing platform along and the Western Rim Walking Track. It is worth stopping at the falls first up to avoid the tourists that will turn up not too long after the park opens. The trail tread particularly for the Eastern Rim Wildflower Walk is on a wider and smoother natural trail tread that also includes sections that take you down and back up some small valleys. There is even a section of timber boardwalk that while in good condition is something that is rarely used these days in preference for the more durable metal mesh style that is now typically used. This trail doesn’t take you close to the edge of the gorge until you reach the respective lookout locations; on the Eastern Rim Wildflower Walk there are three of these. If you have young children with you make sure they stay close by and avoid going near the edges which are typically protected by barriers but would be accessible if you really want to go bush.

The first of these lookouts is very close to the start of the trail, and the third and main viewing platform at the Warrawong Lookout is your destination for the Wildflower Walk which is about 1.25 km into the walk. This lookout provides the best views from a distance of the Fitzroy Falls. The Wildflower Walk is also well signposted with small information signs along the way. If this is as far as you are going, after you have had your fill of the views turn around and head back the way you came. As you reach the underpass almost at the start of the walk take the small branch to the left and head up to visit the main viewing platform for Fitzroy Falls if you didn’t at the beginning of the walk. If you get there early enough you will have plenty of space but you may also turn up when there is a bus load of tourists doing the same thing.

Wildlife wise we didn’t see anything but we could hear lots and lots of birdlife. Usually when I try and record birds they just stop singing but this time I was very lucky (see short video below).

Overall the trail tread on this walk is not overly difficult and while you have a few ups and downs they aren’t overly taxing. This is a lovely walk with some great views and a great way to spend some time even if its just a drop in as you head to or from the coast.

Park payment meter in the car park – if you don’t have a park permit, don’t forget to pay

No pets allowed

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Past the Visitor Centre

Working on the cafe refitt

Water warning sign

Fitzroy Falls trail signage

Closed toilets – open 9:00am to 4:30pm at least during winter

And away we go

Head left

Sponsored walk – the Eastern Rim Wildflower Walk

Trail information signage on the Eastern Rim Wildflower Walk

Trail example 1

Trail example 2

First lookout

View of the Falls from the first lookout

Mountain Devil

Yellow Wattle in flower

This is a real rarity for me as almost without fail as soon as I try to record birdsong they stop singing, they just know!

White Wattle in flower

Seat on the trail

Second lookout – May Lookout

View from May Lookout

Banksia spinulosa – Harirpin Banksia

Banksia bark

And another Banksia

Down into the valley

Patchy bark

Valley vegetation

 

Lovely moss in the cooler shady valley

Boardwalk

Warrawong Lookout is the destination for the Wildflower Walk

The view from Warrawong Lookout back towards Fitzroy Falls

Early morning panorama at Warrawong Lookout

Trail signage at Warrawong Lookout – turn around here and head back the way you came

Heading back out of the valley

Heading to the falls

Fitzroy Falls viewing platform – it was a bit busy!

Video of Fitzroy Falls

Heading home

Back to the Visitor Centre at Fitzroy Falls

Tourist bus

The main car park was full on our return

Trail Videos


This short video contains photos and video from our walk to show you the walk from start to finish

Getting There

Google map from Moss Vale, NSW. The trip from Moss Vale is around 19 km and around 20 minutes driving

Turnoff into Fitzroy Falls

Entering Morton National Park at Fitzroy Falls

The main car park at Fitzroy Falls. There’s another car park behind this one

Park payment meter in the car park

Picnic area at Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Things to Know

  • Phone: There is reasonable phone signal (Telstra) on this track
  • Water: You need to bring your own water or a filter
  • Toilets: There are toilets located at the visitor centre but they are closed early morning and late afternoon
  • Trail: This trail consists of formed track with occasional small bridge sections
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed
  • Other: 
    • This walk is an out and back walk
    • Keep and eye of young kids so they don’t get close to steep drop offs

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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