• Distance 3.8km
  • Altitude max 712m
  • Altitude min 654m
  • Duration 1.75 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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Western Rim Walking Track NSW (3.8km)

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

Western Rim Walking Track Review

Previously when we visited Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park we chose to head along the eastern side of the gorge walking both the Eastern Rim Walking Track and the Eastern Rim Wildflower Walks. We really enjoyed both walks and after a number of month’s absence we decided to head back to do the Western Rim Walking Track.

This walk starts at the same location as the other walks but instead of crossing over the bridge to the eastern side of the gorge you keep to the righthand fork and head towards the lookout platform for Fitzroy Falls. Spend some time taking in the view at the falls before continuing on. The trail skirts around the western edge of the gorge stopping at a the viewing platforms that all provide different views of the various falls along the way as well as along the gorge.

If you do the entire track it will take you around 1hour and 45 minutes return. The time it took me was a surprise for a walk that measured in at 3.8 km but I spent more time taking photos on this walk than I have done in a long time. There were so many views and so many wildflowers, it took me just on an hour to do the outward leg. On your way to the midpoint you will come across the following lookouts:

  • Fitzroy Falls lookout
  • Jersey Lookout
  • The Grotto
  • Striker’s Lookout
  • Renown Lookout

The distance for this walk according to the park website and signage says 3.5 km but really by the time you add all the lookouts, including the Grotto which takes you down to a lovely little waterfall, brings this walk in at 3.8 km. The walk on this trail consists mainly of formed trail with the odd small section on management road. In addition there are some steeper sets of stairs including a couple that require you to bend down or turn sideways and squeeze past rocks as you go. On the day I visited there had been rain over the previous week and there was the odd area of wet muddy trail so if you do head out after heavy rains, make sure you have grippy footwear that will cope with the mud.

Animal life on this walk was limited to the regular rosella that flew away as soon as I got close enough to get a camera out and the occasional skink that was sunning itself on the trail. Where this walk really excels is the amazing views as well as the never ending supply of wildflowers, particularly on the second half of the trail.

In December 2021 the cafe was also closed for redevelopment but no doubt this will change over the coming months. When we arrived there were two other cars in the car park and if you want the views and the bush to yourself, an early arrival is a good option.

One thing to note with this walk is that Fitzroy Falls is popular with tourists who visit the falls and then continue on until the first or second lookout after that. The first lookout provides great views back to Fitzroy Falls.

This walk is a really lovely walk and from our perspective the best of those that starts from the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre. Overall its not too difficult for the average hiker but once you pass the Twin Falls Lookout the going can be a bit more difficult.

Park payment metre in the car park – if you don’t have a park permit, you’ll need to pay for parking

No pets allowed

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Past the Visitor Centre

Outdoor seating area

Fitzroy Falls trail signage

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

And away we go

Head right to the Western Rim Walking Track and to the falls

Fitzroy Falls Lookout

Heading off from Fitzroy Falls

Lookouts along the Western Rim Track

Termite mound on the trail

Trail signage

Jersey Lookout

Richardson Lookout

Fitzroy Falls as viewed from the first lookout

View down the valley

View to one of the Twin Falls

Management Road

Callistemon in flower

Waterfall

Banksia spinulosa – Harirpin Banksia

Trigger plant

Fringe Flower

Mountain Devil

Rock overhang

Grotto waterfall from above

Bridge over a river

Another lookout on the Western Rim Track

Heading down to the Grotto

The Grotto Waterfall

Heading back from the Grotto

Mountain Devil

Fringe Flower

Renown Lookout

Banksia flower forming

Heading home

Fitzroy Falls from Renown lookout

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 videos 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 metre in the car park

Picnic area at Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

Things to Know

  • Phone: There is variable phone signal (Telstra) on this track and it can be too weak to make a call
  • 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, small sections of management road and occasional small bridge sections
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed
  • Other: 
    • This walk is an out and walk back experience
    • Keep an eye on young kids so they don’t get close to steep drop offs
    • There will be some slippery sections on the trail after periods of rain so watch your footing
    • This is a really popular tourist area so get there early in the day to avoid the rush

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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