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The Drip walking track is a 2.8km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Goulburn River National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
The Drip Gorge is a significant place for the local Wiradjuri People. The best time to experience it is after a few days of rain, when you’ll see the sandstone walls dripping clear spring water. During a hot summer you’ll love its natural air-conditioning. It can be 10 to 15° cooler than the surrounding region on a hot day. It usually has a light fall of rain from water percolating through the rock.
This return track starts and ends at the carpark. Pack a picnic then take off on a bushwalk. If you’re not feeling energetic, rest in the shade on a seat along the track or dip your feet in the quiet rockpools.
The abundant plant life along the track adds to the beauty of The Drip. See if you can spot native apple gums, tree violets (named for their scent) and rocky outcrops with orchids and moss. After your walk, splash around in the Goulburn River or stop off at Hands on the Rock, an important Aboriginal rock art site at Ulan. It’s only 2km north of the Drip and well worth a visit.
About the Region
Goulburn River National Park in the Country NSW region
Goulburn River National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
The Drip is in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, on the extreme western boundary of Goulburn River National Park. To get there from Mudgee: Drive around 50km north from Mudgee on Ulan-Cassilis Road.Pass by the Ulan and Moolarben coal mines and drive for another 10km.Look for the turn-off sign for The Drip, just north of the Ulan mine precinct towards the Golden Highway. Weather restrictions All weather Parking Parking is off Ulan-Cassilis Road. Limited parking is available. Spaces for caravans and small buses are available. Not suitable for large coaches.
There are some steps, handrails, uneven rocks and creek crossings along this track. It’s a good idea to wear long pants and enclosed shoes.
You can visit The Drip during the day. If you’re camping, try Spring Gully or Big River campgrounds which are a 1 hour drive from The Drip, towards Wollar.
No fires or camping are permitted at The Drip.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.