Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, NSW

By Laurené Joost 27 May 2014
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This spectacular park – famed for its wilderness, waterfalls and rare wildlife – is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

COVERING 1193 SQ. KM,  Oxley Wild Rivers is one of the largest national parks in NSW. It is home to a rare dry rainforest and threatened animals, such as the brush-tailed rock-wallaby and tiger quoll.

For thousands of years, the Dangaddi people lived here. In 1818, John Oxley became the first European explorer to pass through and the park is named after him.

There are more than a dozen waterfalls to walk to and the park has one of Australia’s largest gorge systems. It’s great for camping, horse riding, hiking and canoeing.


4WD: There are many different roads within the park. But those looking for off-road action can get a permit for four-wheel-drive tours. Guided tours are also available.

Canoeing: This is a popular way to see the park. Whether you want to paddle for hours or days, are an expert or a novice, you will find something to suit your needs here.

Horse riding: Horse treks of up to four days are on offer. There are huts along the riding trails.

The essentials

Location: 445km north of Sydney. Public buses run to Walcha, one of the national park’s closest towns.

Accommodation: Camping is permitted in various parts. There are also cabins and cottages within the park’s boundaries.

Food/drink: There is a great café and shops in Federal, 14km from Minyon Falls.

Points of interest: Gara Gorge is a popular picnic area for visitors. Crombies Cave is the longest granite cave in Australia. Apsley River Gorge boasts the famous dry rainforest; Budds Mare campground has a lookout with great views of the gorge.

Maps: Available from the visitor centres in Armidale or Walcha.

More info: www.environment.nsw.gov.au, www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Oxley-Wild-Rivers-National-Park