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Apsley Falls picnic area

“We always stop at Apsley Falls, it’s a great break in our trip and there’s always a spectacular view, whatever the weather.”

Apsley Falls picnic area is perched on the edge of the Great Escarpment, with impressive views of upper Apsley Gorge. It’s just off the Oxley Highway, making it an ideal pit stop on a road trip.

As you pile out of the car, breathe in that clean mountain air and inhale the scent of the eucalypts. Apsley Gorge is spectacular after heavy rains as water cascades over the steep cliffs filling the air with mist.

The gorge country is the traditional lands of the Dunghutti people and their history is as dramatic as the rugged landscape around you.

Picnic under the snow gums and stringybarks, then if you’re feeling like a walk, there’s Apsley Gorge Rim walking track or the Oxley walking track to chose from. If you want to explore more, you can always stay overnight at the Apsley Falls campground.


Getting there

Getting there:

Apsley Falls picnic area is in the Apsley River precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there, follow the Oxley Highway from either Walcha or Port Macquarie and follow the signs.

Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Apsley Falls picnic area.

Important info


  • Gas/electric barbecues
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)
  • Carpark
  • Lookout
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • It’s a good idea to bring your own water for drinking or cooking

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