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Chandler walking track

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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The short yet steep Chandler walking track from Wollomombi Falls picnic area, near Armidale, offers excellent birdwatching and scenic views from Checks lookout.

3km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade 5
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

For a scenic short walk to take in the spectacular gorge country, try Chandler walking track at Wollomombi Falls picnic area, in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. The track doesn’t lead to Chandler River anymore, due to erosion, however the brilliant views from Checks lookout are not to be missed.

From Wollomombi lookout, gaze across the spectacular waterfall where water plunges dramatically into the ravine below. From here, the track leads through woodlands of stringybarks and blackbutts. Another lookout lets you gaze across the maze of gorges and valleys.

It's great for birdwatching, so look out for honey eaters and lorikeets. Wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons often surf the thermals rising off the steep cliffs.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

On the way

  • Wollomombi Main Falls lookout. Photo: Josh Smith © DPE

    Wollomombi Main Falls lookout

    Wollomombi Main Falls lookout is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Wollomombi Falls picnic area. It’s a fantastic spot to view waterfalls plunging into the gorge below.

  • View across a valley to a steep cliff face and waterfall in Oxley WIld Rivers National Park.  Photo © Jessica Stokes

    Checks lookout

    Checks lookout is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, along Chandler walking track. It’s a great spot to enjoy spectacular views of the waterfalls and gorges of the Chandler River.


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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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