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Oxley walking track

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Overview

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.

Where
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Distance
2.8km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

If you love scenic views and wildlife, you'll enjoy Oxley walking track as it traces the northern rim of the Apsley Gorge. With waterfall views from every angle, it makes a perfect day outing or a great spot for a break on a road trip.

You’ll wander through cliff top woodlands of snow gums and New England stringybark before crossing the Apsley River; look for platypus paddling past or water dragons sunning themselves on the rocks.

Gazing over the dramatic gorge country from one of the four lookouts, keep your eyes peeled for brush-tailed rock wallabies, with their distinct white cheek stripe.

The view from Lower Falls lookout is not to be missed and a great spot for a break. When you’re ready for lunch there are great facilities at the Apsley Falls picnic area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

On the way

  • View of a powerfall waterfall plunging into a deep chasm in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo © Jessica Stokes

    Apsley Chasm lookout

    Apsley Chasm lookout is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park along Oxley walking track. One of several lookouts on the walk, it offers spectacular views of the lower falls and deep gorges.

  • A giant plume of water cascades into a deep chasm in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo © Leah Pippos

    Apsley Lower Falls lookout

    Apsley Lower Falls lookout is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park along Oxley walking track. It’s a great vantage point for viewing the spectacular lower falls.

  • A river cascades in steps past a steep and dark slate canyon wall in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo © Jessica Stokes

    Apsley Slate Walls lookout

    Apsley Slate Walls lookout is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park at the end of Oxley walking track. It’s a great spot to view the lower waterfall and impressive slate walls of the surrounding gorge.

  • View of multiple cascades of water dropping off the top of a ridge and plummeting in steps down a cliff face.  Photo © Jessica Stokes

    Oxley lookout

    Oxley lookout is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park along Oxley walking track. It’s a great place to view the rock amphitheatre of the upper falls.

 

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General enquiries

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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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