Budds Mare to Riverside walking track
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
The moderately challenging Budds Mare to Riverside walking track takes in ancient rainforest and wild rivers of Macleay World Heritage-listed wilderness area.
- Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
- 7km one-way
- Time suggested
- 2 - 3hrs
- Grade 5
- What to
- 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.
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- Walcha office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
- 02 6777 4700
- 188W North Street, Walcha NSW 2354
- 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 that charge vehicle entry fees: Halls Peak campground, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales campground.
Vehicle entry fee is $20, or $12 for concession or NPWS annual pass holders. Fees not applicable if you're paying campground fees.Buy an annual pass.
- Armidale office
02 6738 9100
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
- 145 Miller Street, Armidale NSW 2350
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- Armidale office