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Budds Mare to Riverside walking track

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Overview

The moderately challenging Budds Mare to Riverside walking track takes in ancient rainforest and wild rivers of Macleay World Heritage-listed wilderness area.

Where
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Distance
7km one-way
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • If organising a car pick up from Riverside picnic area, a permit will need to be issued for the driver through the Walcha NPWS office
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

A great walk for those looking for a challenging hike through the heart of the World Heritage-listed Macleay wilderness. Don’t forget your binoculars as Budds Mare to Riverside walking track offers a rare opportunity for wildlife spotting and birdwatching in unspoilt bushland.

Following the track through heathlands and tall gums, keep an eye out for crimson rosellas and brush turkeys. Descending steeply the forest closes in and eucalypts give way to a shaded canopy of sassafrass and coachwood. In the moist cool of the ancient rainforest, you might see the vibrant wompoo fruit dove or noisy pitta. Look for the beautiful rock orchids and coloured funghis as you clamber down the mossy rocks.

At Riverside campground, cool off with a refreshing swim in the crystal waters of Apsley River. Take a break under the shade of the she-oaks while you wait for your pickup or, if you’re hungry for more bushwalking, return the same way.

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:

    Three areas in the park have day use fees: Halls Peak, Riverside, Youdales. Fees not applicable if you are paying camping fees.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Walcha area
      (02) 6777 4700
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm Monday to Friday
    • 188W North Street, Walcha NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6777 1198
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Budds Mare Lookout, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Gerhard Koetner/NSW Government