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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 the spectacular gorge country 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.

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 scenic views down the rugged gorge.

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