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The Green Gully track

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Green Gully track.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    4 - 5 days

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    65km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

The Green Gully track is in the south eastern corner of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • The track begins at Cedar Creek Cottage, 2hrs drive from Walcha, or 2½ hrs from Port Macquarie
  • Detailed information on how to get there is provided when you book.

Navigation

After you book, you'll receive a robust pocket/folding map called a z-card to take with you that is more than adequate for navigating along the track. The map is very detailed and includes the route of the track, contours, grid references, emergency information, mobile coverage spots and locations of huts and trails. You won't need a topographical map.

While most of the track is on management trails, there are sections that are entirely off-track. You'll need skills in map reading, compass and GPS use, as the route is not maintained as a walking trail. At each trail or ridge junction, there are signs indicating which direction to go, but when walking along creeks, just follow the creek until you see a sign.

Cedar Creek Cottage access

You'll receive an access code in your booking confirmation email to access Cedar Creek Cottage on your first night.

Parking

While you’re on the track, your car is kept behind a locked gate at Cedar Creek. Your first night at Cedar Creek Cottage has undercover parking, but you'll need to move your car to Cedar Creek Lodge, 50m away and leave it in the open while you're on the track.

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 native trees and shrubs are a riot of colour, and the grass is still short - a perfect time to walk.

Summer

The creeks are a welcome sight for a cooling paddle after a long days walk, and the fireflies can make sleeping outside under the stars a real treat.

Winter

Crisp, cool and clear days are good for tackling the challenging terrain, but bring a good sleeping bag!

Facilities

Cedar Creek Cottage has 6 mattresses on old stretcher beds, a hot shower, flushing toilet, slow combustion wood fire, outside fire pit and paved area, basic kitchen with two gas burners, cutlery and crockery, large billy, large frying pan, large saucepan/rice cooker and coffee percolator, 6 camp chairs with side tables, a small 12 volt fridge/freezer, an outdoor gas barbecue, outdoor picnic table and undercover parking.

Birds Nest, Green Gully and Colwells Huts each have an outdoor picnic table and paved area, indoor and outdoor open fireplaces, 6 camping chairs, 6 stretcher beds with mattresses, a 2-burner gas ring and gas bottles, basic crockery and cutlery, large billy, large frying pan, large saucepan/rice cooker and coffee percolator, internal sink, and a pit toilet.

Green Gully Hut has the added bonus of a hot shower.

Cedar Creek Lodge has 10 mattresses on bunk beds in 3 bedrooms, a hot shower, flushing toilet, a slow combustion wood fire, outside fire pit and paved area, a fully equipped kitchen, including fridge (no freezer), gas oven, grill and stove, coffee percolator, cutlery and crockery, dining table and chairs, lounge chairs, an outdoor gas barbecue, outdoor picnic table, large verandah and emergency landline telephone.

Please note there are no bins along the track, so you’ll need to carry all rubbish to deposit in the bins provided in the final hut.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets
  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Each hut has an internal fire place and a fire pit outside, with firewood provided. Fires are not permitted outside of these areas. Please use as little firewood as possible, as it is an expensive item to replace in these remote locations.

We recommend that each group carry an emergency cooking device such as a small methylated spirit stove.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Fire rings (firewood supplied)

Drinking water

Each hut has a rainwater tank. We recommend that you boil all water or bring means of purifying the water before drinking.

Public phone

There is an emergency landline phone at Cedar Creek Lodge.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Cedar Creek Lodge has renewable 240 volt power, but cannot run devices drawing large currents such as toasters and hairdryers. The other huts have 12 volt solar power for lighting only.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

First aid and emergencies

  • Each walker should bring their own personal first aid kit. A blister kit and sports strapping tape are highly recommended, as the steep climbs in and out of the gorge put pressure on your toes and heels.
  • There are no first aid supplies in the huts. 
  • If an emergency occurs, arrange for most of the people in your group to stay together, then send at least two people for help if possible. Make sure you know where you are on the track – your z-card map has coordinates that you can use with your GPS if you have one.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

  • If you're bushwalking in this area it's a good idea to bring a compass or GPS.
  • For the safety of your group, please stick to the booking itinerary. Keep to the route on the z-card map provided and avoid taking shortcuts.

Mobile safety

  • Mobile phone service is available on some networks at scattered points along the track. These are marked on the z-card map provided on booking. 
  • We highly recommended that you turn your mobile phone off unless it is needed, as the phone will be searching hard for a signal which may flatten the battery quicker than normal.
  • There is an emergency landline phone at Cedar Creek Lodge. 

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.

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  • National Parks support
  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • 02 9995 6518

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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Green Gully Track, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Shane Rumming