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Apsley Falls picnic area

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Overview

The picturesque Apsley Falls picnic area offers barbecue facilities with scenic views of gorges and waterfalls and nearby sites of Aboriginal significance.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Price
Free
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • It’s a good idea to bring your own water for drinking or cooking

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Riverside: $25 per day, or $15 NPWS annual entry permit/pensioners.

    Youdales: $15 per day, or $10 NPWS annual entry permit/pensioners.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Armidale
      (02) 6738 9100
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 145 Miller Street, Armidale NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6738 9140
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    • Walcha
      (02) 6777 4700
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm Monday to Friday
    • 188W North Street, Walcha NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6777 1198
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See more visitor info
View from Budds Mare lookout, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary