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Apsley Falls picnic area

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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The picturesque Apsley Falls picnic area offers barbecue facilities with scenic views of gorges and waterfalls and nearby sites of Aboriginal significance.

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Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

Apsley Falls picnic area is perched on the edge of the Great Escarpment, with impressive views of upper Apsley Gorge. It’s just off the Oxley Highway, making it an ideal pit stop on a road trip.

As you pile out of the car, breathe in that clean mountain air and inhale the scent of the eucalypts. Apsley Gorge is spectacular after heavy rains as water cascades over the steep cliffs filling the air with mist.

The gorge country is the traditional lands of the Dunghutti people and their history is as dramatic as the rugged landscape around you.

Picnic under the snow gums and stringybarks, then if you’re feeling like a walk, there’s Apsley Gorge Rim walking track or the Oxley walking track to chose from. If you want to explore more, you can always stay overnight at the Apsley Falls campground.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Two people walking near Apsley Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: John Smith © DPIE

    Apsley Gorge Rim walking track

    Scenic lookouts and waterfalls make the Apsley Gorge Rim walking track an ideal short walk for wildlife and birdwatching in the Northern Tablelands.

  • View of Apsley Falls from Oxley lookout on Oxley walking track. Photo © Jessica Stokes

    Oxley walking track

    This medium walk combines lookouts and scenic waterfall views with great wildlife and birdwatching. It’s a great day trip in the New England area, just off the Oxley Highway.


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  • 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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