National Parks

The Macleay Gorges Wilderness area is a natural gateway to this magnificent area of 167,000 hectares which contains wild rivers, gorges, magnificent mountain scenery and Australian native wildlife.

Most of Oxley Wild Rivers and Werrikimbe National Parks are declared wilderness, allowing people to really ‘get away from it all’. Camping sites are available right next to the wilderness at several park locations.

Oxley Wild Rivers is one of New South Wales’ great national parks. As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the park is one of the most important places in the world for conservation of the rainforest types it contains, and is part of a continuous band of national parks that stretches along the great dividing range almost from Tenterfield to Nowendoc. Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is currently around 165,000 hectares in size.

It weaves 70km from Wollomombi Falls to Tia Falls laced with 500km of wild and scenic rivers and the largest area of dry rain forest in the state. Declared in 1986 the park is home to over 1100 plant species – one of the most diverse in New South Wales. There are also over 173 birds, 31 reptiles, 17 amphibians and 47 mammal species.

Throughout the park there are easy walks, spectacular lookouts, scenic photography, picnicking, bush walking and canoeing. You can camp at rest areas or more remote camp sites down on the river. It is all there to enjoy. The park includes: Wollomombi Gorge, East Kunderang, Long Point, Gara Gorge, Dangars Gorge, Tia Falls, Apsley Falls & Gorge, Budds Mare and Riverside.

You can enjoy a relaxing picnic with magnificent views, take a stroll on a graded track to experience more of the park, take stunning photographs from the well placed lookouts or go bush walking to explore further, have a swim in one of the many waterholes or even go canoeing.

The park is a very special place to visit. If you love the outdoors, Oxley Wild Rivers is the place for you.

1818
European discovery by John Oxley
Oldest Town & Settlement
New England Tablelands
Nat Buchanan
Buried in Walcha
1,100+
Plant Species in the Oxley Rivers National Park

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