Halls Peak campground and picnic area

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Overview

For adventure seekers, Halls Peak campground and picnic area near Armidale is a remote riverside wilderness. You'll need a low-range 4WD to get there and it's a great spot for fishing, canoeing and birdwatching.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Entry fees

You'll need a vehicle permit for day use. If camping, permit fees are included in the campground fee. Day use vehicle permits can only be bought online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Sites are marked
  • This remote campground is suited to self-reliant visitors who have low-range 4WDs only
  • For campers: Check in 2pm, check out 10am.
  • Day use visitors: Vehicle permits are valid from 7am to 7pm and must be paid online.
  • There’s a maximum of 2 bookings per customer name
  • This campground may flood after heavy rain. Please check weather conditions and forecasts before your trip.

If you really love getting as far away as possible from civilisation, then Halls Peak campground and picnic area is about as rugged and remote as you can get. Accessed on a dirt track that will test your driving skills, you’ll arrive deep in the heart of the wild gorge country of New England.

If you’re lucky you might have the place to yourself, with your only neighbours the wallabies and bandicoots. Cook your catch over a woodfire barbecue and then settle in for an evening round the campfire.

When you’re not relaxing, there’s plenty to keep you active; swimming, fishing and canoeing will get you into the wilderness frame of mind, and you’ll soon forget what stress feels like.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/halls-peak-campground-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

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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.

  • There are 3 areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park where you'll need day use vehicle permits: Halls Peak campground and picnic area, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales Hut campground and picnic area. Day use vehicle permits can be bought online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. If camping, permit fees are included in the campground fee.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Halls Peak campground and picnic area .

Getting there and parking

Halls Peak campground and picnic area is in the eastern area of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • Turn right off the Grafton Road onto Kempsey Road, 40km east of Armidale or 40km west of Ebor.
  • Turn right onto Raspberry Road 20km along the Kempsey Road
  • Follow Raspberry Road 25km to the Halls Peak Road turnoff on the right. The campground and picnic area are a further 5km along this road.

There's a gate at the park entrance which can be unlocked by an access code. Access codes will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Call 1300 072 757 if you have not received your code. The gate must be locked at all times. Re-lock the gate after you have passed through. No trailers are allowed past the gate.

Road quality

  • The final 5km of road is narrow and very steep, with limited passing opportunities and no road barriers.
  • Because the final 5km stretch is challenging, high clearance low-range 4WD vehicles (not SUVs) are required. 
  • The road is subject to rapidly changing and variable conditions, which should be assessed by the driver before use. 
  • Slippery surfaces, washouts and road blockages from fallen rocks or trees are all possible, particularly following a storm.
  • Check with the NPWS Armidale office for any road closures during wet weather.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Parking

1 vehicle is permitted per booking. Parking is available at the campground and picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

A great time to explore one of the longer bushwalks in the area and take in the scenic river views.

Spring

Admire the colourful wildflowers which are beautiful in the spring.

Summer

The water in the river at this time of year is generally warmer than on the Tableland, making it perfect for swimming and canoeing.

Winter

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

Facilities

  • Campsites are marked, unpowered and suitable for tents only.
  • There are no showers
  • Drinking water is not available at this campground. You can draw water from the river, but it must be treated before drinking.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, please take all rubbish with you.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Some firewood may be provided but we recommend that you bring your own supply.

  • Wood barbecues

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

We encourage ‘catch and release’ fishing.

Prohibited

  • Motorbikes or trailers of any type
  • Amplified music. Please be considerate of others and keep noise low.
  • Chemical toilets. For example, porta potties.
  • The possession or use of any type of firearm

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Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Halls Peak campground and picnic area is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A national first

Gara Gorge, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

John Oxley was the first European to visit the New England region, passing through the area that is now Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in September 1818. Following Oxley, cedar-getters penetrated the remote and inaccessible gorges followed by pioneer cattle grazers who braved the remote wilderness for a hundred years. Between 1893 and 1894 the first commercial hydro-electric scheme was constructed to power the town and gold mines of nearby Hillgrove. Today you can visit the remains of this historical site when you take a walk along the Threlfall Historic walk.

  • Threlfall walking track Threlfall walking track in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park takes in the spectacular Gara Gorge wilderness area, with scenic views and a chance to see the historic hydro-electric scheme.

Abundant wildlife

two brush tailed rock wallabies sitting on a rock. Photo: Piers Thomas/OEH

The varied plant communities of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park provide a home for over 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. The park also boasts over 173 bird species, including the majestic wedge-tailed eagle, peregrine falcon, square-tailed kite and sea eagle.

  • Dangars Falls walking track Dangars Falls walking track is a great introduction to the waterfalls, rivers and gorges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale. A short and easy stroll, it delivers you right into the heart of this vast World Heritage Area.
  • The Green Gully track Make a booking to experience fern-lined gullies, high elevation forests and wildlife along the Green Gully track. Stay in heritage huts for a break from this challenging multi-day hike.
  • Threlfall walking track Threlfall walking track in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park takes in the spectacular Gara Gorge wilderness area, with scenic views and a chance to see the historic hydro-electric scheme.

Ancient lands

Chandler view circuit walk, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

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.

  • Oxley Wild Rivers guided hiking adventures Explore one of Australia‚Äôs largest gorge systems on this multi-day guided trek with Primal Adventures. Experience lush gullies, waterfalls and stunning forests in World Heritage surrounds, near Armidale.

Jaw-dropping scenery

Wollomombi walk, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

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.

  • Budds Mare lookout Enjoy a picnic lunch at Budds Mare lookout surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest and looking out to spectacular views across the Apsley River.
  • Dangars Falls walking track Dangars Falls walking track is a great introduction to the waterfalls, rivers and gorges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale. A short and easy stroll, it delivers you right into the heart of this vast World Heritage Area.
  • The Green Gully track Make a booking to experience fern-lined gullies, high elevation forests and wildlife along the Green Gully track. Stay in heritage huts for a break from this challenging multi-day hike.
  • Tia Falls walk Tia Falls walk in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is great for children. A short, easy walk, it offers spectacular views of Tia Falls and Gorge.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

  • Eastern water dragon. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)

    The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.

  • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

    Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

    The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

  • Tawny frogmouth. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

    Found throughout Australia, the tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl due to its wide, powerful beak, large head and nocturnal hunting habits. The ‘oom oom oom’ call of this native bird can be heard echoing throughout a range of habitats including heath, woodlands and urban areas.

  • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

    Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

Environments in this park

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