Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Incredible views of Wollomombi and Chandler Falls and into the gorge, with options to continue to Checks Lookout, or the more challenging Chandler Viewpoint.
This lightly trafficked walk starts from the car park of the Wollomombi Falls picnic area in the northern section of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, at the end of Wollomombi Falls Road.
The track begins along a paved path, with just a short stroll to the constructed lookout with breathtaking views of Wollomombi Falls, Chandler Falls and into the gorge.
Gaze in wonder at Wollomombi Falls – one of the tallest waterfalls in Australia at 228 metres – as it plunges into the gorge below.
Chandler Falls, which is seen in the distance on the other side of the gorge, may be slightly smaller, but is also very impressive.
From the lookout, continue along the graded track, walk through eucalypt forest with stringybarks and blackbutts, with more sneaky views into the gorge and to the waterfalls.
A short side-track to Checks Lookout is a must-do, with more spectacular views into the gorge and of Wollomombi Falls.
More experienced hikers can continue from Checks Lookout to the incredible Chandler View – for more views into the ravine.
The track becomes much steeper, with a series of switchbacks followed by a narrow ridge with somewhat exposed edges and finally a scree section to Chandler Viewpoint.
From here, there are amazing views into the ravine and up Chandler River, where the top of Wollomombi Falls can be seen.
Note that the track does not lead to Chandler River anymore, due to erosion.
Also, Chandler Viewpoint should not be confused with Chandler View, another lookout accessed from Long Point campground in a different section of the park.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park can be visited as part of the 185 km Waterfall Way scenic drive from Coffs Harbour to Armidale.
Track: The track to Check Lookout consists of mostly of graded paths, with the exception of the paved path to the main gorge lookout. It is well-signed and easy to follow, with only a minimal amount of elevation.
Beyond Checks Lookout, the track involves a prolonged steep section, narrow ridge and a scree section, but is still well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: The track to Checks Lookout is suitable for most walkers. The track to Chandler Viewpoint is very steep and requires at least moderate fitness, as well as confidence on a narrow ridgeline with some exposure. Care should be taken at the small scree section at the lookout, as the rocks can be loose underfoot.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came.
The trail starts from the car park of the Wollomombi Falls picnic area in the northern section of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, at the end of Wollomombi Falls Road – approximately 5.5 hours drive south of Brisbane, 30 minutes drive east of Armidale, 2 hours drive west of Coffs Harbour or 6.5 hours drive north of Sydney.
There is a short section of unsealed road on the way to the picnic area, however is suitable for 2WD vehicles in normal weather conditions.
Parking is typically ample for how trafficked the walk is.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
Be sure to check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for updates regarding track closures.
Note that there are park fees associated with entering many national parks in New South Wales. Check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.
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