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 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, challenging multi-day treks, 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: Tia Falls, Apsley Falls & Gorge, Budds Mare and Riverside which are all accessible from Walcha, then Wollomombi Gorge, East Kunderang, Long Point, Gara Gorge, Dangars Gorge which are accessed from Armidale. 

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 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.



GREEN GULLY TRACK – 4 Day hike – Australian Geographic video – CLICK HERE.

European discovery by John Oxley
Oldest Town & Settlement
New England Tablelands
Nat Buchanan
Buried in Walcha
Plant Species in the Oxley Rivers National Park
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Walcha region and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – of the Dunghutti nation, and acknowledge the important role Indigenous Peoples continue to play within our community.

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