Big Mowbray Falls

4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min

12.7 km

↑ 594 m
↓ -594 m

Hard track
Starting from Connolly Road, Mowbray, this return walk takes you to a viewpoint near the Big Mowbray Falls along Mowbray River, mostly via the historic Bump Track. After making your way through the diverse rainforest and finally making it to the riverside, head just a 100 metres downstream to find your prize. You’ll arrive at an incredibly scenic rock pool atop the waterfall, offering you absolute serenity while you’re cooling off. Savor the views over Mowbray Valley as the cool water readies your legs for the way back. Created by Christie Palmerston(a pathfinder) in April 1877, The Bump Track was originally an Aboriginal trail. Grippy hiking shoes are recommended. The track can become dangerous and even impassable during/after rainfall, as the Robbins Creek crossing floods. Even if it doesn’t, the rocks become extremely slippery. Keep an eye out for snakes at all times. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Bump Track & Connolly Road (-16.5665325,145.4544257)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Captain Cook Highway, 44
  • Turn on to Mowbray River Road then drive for 2.3 km
  • Keep right onto Connolly Road and drive for another 410 m
  • Keep left onto Connolly Road and drive for another 820 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Connolly Road(1.07km southwest of intersection with Mowbray River Road), head towards the gate next to the green “Mowbray National Park - Bump track” signpost along with other informational signposts. Head around the gate and follow the wide dirt track(Bump Track) gently uphill as you move away from the road. Stay on the said track as it meanders into the woodland to continue along Big Mowbray Falls Track. Look for ribbons and an arrow made out of logs to avoid missing the turnoff to the right. After the designated track ends(as you make it to the riverside), turn right and head about a 100 metres downstream to find the rock pool atop the waterfall.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Bump Track & Connolly Road Start heading along Bump Track (a vehicle track).
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.9 km continue straight, to head along Bump Track.
Then come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 2.6 km veer right.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Bump Track.
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 1.7 km pass the "Big Mowbray Falls" (50 m on your right).
Continue another 15 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.3 km to get back to the start.
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Big Mowbray Falls

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12.7 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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