Federal Falls

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Steve Woodhall © DPIE

Steve Woodhall © DPIE

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The Federal Falls has a loop walking track that starts and finishes at Federal Falls campground, passing through snow gum forest and past gigantic rock faces on its way down to Federal Falls. If you’re there after the rain, you’ll be in for a pretty sight.

You can start the track at either the northern or southern end of the campground. If you want an easy return trip to the falls, it’s best to take the northern track there and back, and if you’re planning to hike the loop track, it’s recommended to walk in a clockwise direction; starting at the southern end as you’ll be heading downhill on the steeper sections.

Whichever way you choose to hike, you’ll be accompanied by a range of flora and fauna along the walk. See flag flowers and Australian pea flowers and notice the colourful butterflies as they flutter by. You might also hear the song of the grey currawong as you make your way towards Federal Falls.


  • Bush walking / hiking
  • Camping
  • Sight-seeing
  • Picnics
  • Photography


  • Camping ground
  • Walking trail - 4km loop, grade 3.
  • Barbecues
  • Picnic area
  • Parking

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Because of the altitude, the weather can change quite quickly. You should always check the weather forecast before setting out for a walk.
  • The walk starts and finishes at Federal Falls campground .
  • Most of the walk is easy, however the last 336m of the walk is a very steep incline down to the falls and while there is a rail to assist, it should only be attempted by confident walkers.
  • Roads may close when it snows (generally once or twice each winter).
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park and camping fees may apply, check the parks website for bookings and further details.

Photo credits: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services | Steve Woodhall © DPIE

Location & Supplier

Federal Falls

Address: Federal Falls, Canobolas, New South Wales 2800

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