Nature holidays around Armidale
Nearby Guyra, the highest town in the New England Tablelands, has a freshwater wetland, know as the Mother of Ducks Lagoon, located inside a volcanic crater;it's a great spot for bird watching.
Explore the dramatic gorges and waterfalls of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, including Wollomombi Falls, the highest waterfall in NSW. You may be lucky enough to see grey kangaroos, wallaroos and brush-tailed rock wallabies.
The giant boulders, sculpted rock and distinctive granite tors of nearby Cathedral Rock National Park make striking subjects for photography;keep an eye out for wedge-tailed eagles above. Other national parks in this spectacular region include Guy Fawkes River National Park and Warrabah National Park.
A picturesque picnic spot, just off Oxley Highway, makes Tia Falls lookout and picnic area an ideal stop over on a long drive. Located on the south western edge of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, it'...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/oxley-wild-rivers-national-park/tia-falls-lookout-and-picnic-area/lookout
Banksia Point picnic area is a pleasant, grassy picnic area nestled in the forest and conveniently located near a trackhead that leads to walking opportunities out along and below the escarpment edge....www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/new-england-national-park/banksia-point-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
If you like to combine an easy walk with a spectacular view then it's time to pack the car and head to Gara Gorge lookout, accessed along Threlfall walking track, you'll be rewarded with panoramic vie...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/oxley-wild-rivers-national-park/gara-gorge-lookout/lookout
5.8km (return) - 2.75 hour (each way) - Medium difficulty
Hike up Cathedral Rock to sit on a natural throne - perched on 200m of stacked boulders - and survey your kingdom. The nearby Round M...
If you love the thunderous sound of water plunging over a ravine, then a visit to Wollomombi Gorge and Falls picnic area in New England is your idea of heaven. After heavy rain the waterfall cascades ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/oxley-wild-rivers-national-park/wollomombi-gorge-and-falls-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
1.5km (return) - 0.75 hour (each way) - Easy difficulty
You'll get the best of all worlds on Cassinia walking track from Longpoint picnic area on the edge of the Great Escarpment, in Oxley Ri...
In the 1990s, a group of anti-logging protesters turned their attention to an area near the small town of Walcha. Their vocal efforts led to the creation of Mummel Gulf National Park, protecting an as...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/mummel-gulf-national-park
This quiet grassy clearing is a charming spot to have a picnic amongst the snow gums. It's ideal for small groups wanting to be conveniently near to Point lookout, yet away from the road. A walking tr...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/new-england-national-park/berarngutta-picnic-area/picnic-bbq