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Gara Gorge lookout

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Gara Gorge lookout.

Getting there and parking

Gara Gorge lookout is accessed via Threlfall walking track in the Gara Gorge precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • Drive from Armidale along Waterfall Way for approximately 2km
  • Turn right into Castledoyle Road and drive for approximately 15km
  • At Gara Gorge, follow the signs to Threlfall picnic area and walk along Threlfall walking track

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Threlfall 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 tackle the Green Gully track when the days are not too hot and the nights not too cold.

Spring

The heathlands are a riot of colour when the flowers are out.

Summer

The waterfalls are likely to be at their most impressive after the summer rains.

Winter

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

Facilities

  • Toilets and picnic facilities are available at Blue Hole picnic area and Threfall picnic area.
  • Drinking water is available at Blue Hole picnic area. There is water available at Threfall picnic area but will need to be treated before drinking. It’s a good idea to bring your own drinking water.

Toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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 + 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).

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.

Prohibited

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.

Gara Gorge lookout

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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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