Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
A fantastic walk along the rim of the gorge, with close up views of Wollomombi and Chandler Falls and epic views into the ravine.
This moderately 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 walk provides an excellent opportunity to experience everything this section of the park has to offer.
The track begins along a paved path through the picnic grounds, before giving way to graded paths and a series of footbridges.
You will then pass through a wild dog fence, which still operates to keep wild dogs and dingoes from killing livestock in nearby farmlands. Be sure to close the fence behind you.
The first stop is Eagles Lookout, which offers amazing views into the gorge. Watch as the Chandler River cuts its way downstream below. There is also sneaky views back to the main falls lookout in the distance.
From here the track starts to descend, across more small footbridges, before arriving at a large metallic bridge across the Wollomombi River. Stop and admire the scenic surroundings and try and spot platypuses in the river.
The track then climbs up a series of metal steps towards Wollomombi Falls Lookout. Gaze in wonder at Wollomombi Falls – one of the tallest waterfalls in Australia at 228 metres – as it plunges into the gorge below.
The track then continues further to Chandler Falls Lookout. Peer over the edge and watch the impressive waterfall as it cascades a number of drops down into the gorge.
Each of the lookouts have constructed platforms with safety rails, however, are perched high on the rim of the gorge, so care should be taken.
Prior to starting the walk, or on your return, be sure to take the short stroll to the Mains Falls Lookout, which offers breathtaking views of both Wollomombi and Chandler Falls and the expansive gorge.
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 consists mostly of graded paths, with the exception of the paved path through the picnic area at the beginning. There are numerous small footbridges, as well as a large bridge across the Wollomombi River. There are a number of steps prior to and following the bridge across the river. The track is well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: The track is suitable for most walkers. While there are a few steep sections, there is no exposure and plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy the views. View the lookouts all have safety railings, they are perched high on the rim of the gorge, so care should be taken and children should be supervised at all times.
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.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
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