McLachlans Lane Loop

Norfolk Island
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Follow the path from the park entrance on Red Road to the dry waterfall. Look closely to see McLachlan’s old house site among the Norfolk Pine and White Oak forest and discover a lush valley with a waterfall that flows after good rain.

Bird Watching
Heritage Sites
Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Flights from Brisbane and Sydney. From Burnt Pine Township roundabout, take New Cascade Road north and then left into JE Road and at the end left onto Red Road. This takes you into the National Park and after 300m on a gravel track, the small parking area is on your left.


Norfolk Island NP Walks

There is also a free 'Visit Norfolk Island' app available. 

Route/Trail notes:

Pass through the gate into the park and take the signposted McLachlan Lane track on your right. You now have a steep downhill section till you reach the location of the old house, where you walk straight on down to the fenced 'private property' gateway.

Return to the old house site and take the track right down to the dry waterfall. Continue on the track beyond the dry waterfall, that provides a steep climb up to intersect Bridle Track, where you turn left and then left again at the Red Road Track that leads you back to the start.



Other References/Comments:

National Parks have done a great job of making all their tracks 'tourist friendly' with very good signage, information boards and clear structured pathways, which can be pretty steep in places. First NP I have come across that allows on leash dogs, all be it you are unlikely to take your dog on holiday here! There are baited traps everywhere, which helps keep the rodent population of Polynesian and Brown Rats down.

The GPS track posted is accurate, but unfortunately for some reason, the elevations are way out.

With no snakes to watch out for, keep your eyes peeled for the prolific bird life. Not sure what bird it is (visual or sound), then download the free 'Norfolk Islands Birds' app produced by National Parks. Could it be the elusive and endangered Green Parrot of which there are only 200 left?


Off-shore this time on an adventure week to Norfolk Island, where this was the first of seven new walks I managed to log. Never one to just do the advertised walks, these were various combinations of named tracks etc. to add extra distance and interest.

F.A.B. on 3 Nov, 2019


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