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Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

“There was just so much to see: gorges, amazing rivers, rock wallabies and birds of prey. We took some unbelievable photos.”

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area features rare dry rainforest, dramatic gorges and waterfalls, extensive wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers and an amazing array of wildlife. It's best explored as a scenic drive along the Waterfall Way.

Explore the Apsley Macleay Gorges, one of Australia’s largest gorge systems with incredible ridge top views and visit Wollomombi, the highest waterfall in NSW and a place sure to lift your spirit. Bushwalkers will love the multi-day Green Gully walk that takes in the park’s spectacular landscape and includes overnight accommodation in heritage-listed stockman’s huts. For those seeking heritage accommodation that is slightly more luxurious, East Kunderang Homestead is sure to impress.

Everything in the park is best seen up close – immerse your senses and yourself in this wild place while you camp, walk, paddle, picnic, cycle, horse ride, fish or swim.


Why you should visit

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park offers countless reasons to visit. Here are just a few to spark your imagination:

Ancient lands
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park contains some of the best examples of dry rainforest communities in Australia.

When you are out exploring the wet and dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands and heathlands of the park, look for native olives, lacebarks, shiny-leaved and giant stinging trees, shatterwoods, scentless rosewoods and red kamalas.

Rock hoppers
The varied plant communities of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park provide a home for 350 animal species, including the largest confirmed population of brush tailed rock wallabies. Even though there are roughly 10,000 of this endangered species in the park, you’ll have to keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of their bushy tail. Look for them jumping around rocky escarpments and granite outcrops or grazing on native grasses at dawn and dusk.

Jaw-dropping scenery
With dramatic ridges and gorges, towering rock outcrops and beautiful rivers and waterfalls, there is something new around every corner and you’ll be constantly amazed by the views. The sight of a majestic wedge-tailed eagle soaring high above the gorges looking for food is a truly spectacular sight to behold. Don’t forget your camera, give yourself plenty of time and keep your eyes open.

A national first
Aside from spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife, the park also contains important historical sites, including the remains of Australia’s first commercial hydro-electric scheme. It was constructed at Gara Gorge between 1893 and 1894 to power the town and gold mines of nearby Hillgrove. Take a walk along the Threlfall Historic walk to get a close up view of this historic site.

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Getting there


From Walcha and Armidale there are numerous turnoffs along the Waterfall Way and Oxley Highway. Look for road signs to visitor sites within the park.

Get driving directions


 Opening times

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is close to:

  • Armidale (18km)
  • Walcha (20km)
  • Dorrigo (80km)

 Public transport

For more information about public transport options, visit the country transport website.


Check out the Bicycle Information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • The heathlands are a riot of colour when the flowers are out

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • The waterfalls are likely to be at their most impressive after the summer rains

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • A great time to tackle the Green Gully track when the days are not too hot and the nights not too cold

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Crisp, cool and clear days are good for a brisk half day bushwalk


  • The wettest month on average is January, the driest July
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 234.6mm in one day


Armidale (local office)

Phone: (02) 6738 9100
Street address: 145 Miller Street, Armidale
Opening hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday


Phone: 02 6777 4700
Street address: 188W North Street, Walcha NSW 2354
Opening hours: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday

View from Budds Mare lookout, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary