Apsley Falls picnic area is perched on the edge of the Great Escarpment, with impressive views of upper Apsley Gorge. It’s just off the Oxley Highway, making it an ideal pit stop on a road trip.As you pile...
The beautiful New England high country is home to World Heritage rainforest in national parks, spectacular waterfalls and scenic rivers, striking escarpments, deep gorges and abundant wildlife. Wonderful ways to explore this beauty include bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking.
Explore World Heritage near Armidale
Discover the natural wonders of the Armidale area, from beautiful rivers and Australia’s second-highest waterfall to deep gorges and ancient rainforest. There are four magnificent national parks in the region that are part of the spectacular Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
They are the New England National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Cunnawarra National Park and Werrikimbe National Park. You can explore these and other natural attractions in the area on various adventures, including bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking.
Or take a helicopter joy flight for an aerial panorama. Point lookout in New England National Park offers breathtaking views, too. Eagles Nest walking track meanders in World Heritage rainforest. On the Lyrebird track are rippling brooks and pretty waterfalls as colourful birds flutter in the treetops.
In the Oxley Wild Rivers are marvellous waterfalls including the Wollomombi Falls, where water drops 220 metres over sheer cliffs - the highest in NSW and the second-highest in Australia. You can pitch a tent in a campground near the falls. The Aspley and Chandler waterfalls are majestic as well.
The Waterfall Way is a scenic drive between Armidale and Coffs Harbour, winding through five gorgeous national parks including the Oxley Wild Rivers. This enchanting route includes the Ebor Falls in Guy Fawkes River National Park, where you might encounter brush-tailed rock wallabies.
You can hike to the giant boulders in nearby Cathedral Rock National Park. Birdwatching and camping are popular too in this park where wedge-tail eagles soar. Northwest of here is another birdwatching paradise, Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve, which sits in a silted volcanic crater.