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Gara Gorge lookout

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Overview

Gara Gorge lookout is accessed via an easy hike along Threlfall walking track, providing birdwatching, picnicking, and scenic views over New England wilderness near Armidale.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gara Gorge lookout can become boggy when it rains.

If you like to combine an easy walk with a spectacular view then it’s time to pack the car and head to Gara Gorge lookout, accessed along Threlfall walking track, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the New England wilderness.

From the lookout, you’ll see gum-lined valleys and steep ravines that continue to the coast. Look for brush-tailed rock wallabies sunning themselves on the outlying stone as you breathe in clean, crisp mountain air. Bring your binoculars for birdwatching as peregrine falcons and wedge-tailed eagles can sometimes be seen in the skies above.

After all that fresh air and scenery, you’ll be ready for lunch, so head back to either Threlfall picnic area or the popular Blue Hole picnic area for a bush picnic or barbecue.

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.

  • Three areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park have day use fees: Halls Peak campground, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales campground. 

    Vehicle entry fee is $20 or $12 for concession or NPWS annual pass holders. Fees not applicable if you're paying campground fees.

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