Armidale Nature


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.

  • Fleet Adventures, Warbird over Dangars
  • Cathedral Rock, Armidale Area

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.

Ebor Falls, Armidale Area

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.

Dangars Gorge, Armidale Area

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.

South Hill, Armidale

  1. Apsley Falls Picnic Area

    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...

  2. Apsley Gorge Rim Walking Track

    The Apsley Gorge Rim walking track packs a lot of scenic views into one short walk. With waterfalls and rugged ravines, you’ll be spoilt for scenic views of this dramatic falls country in the Northern Tablelands...

  3. Banksia Point Picnic Area

    Banksia Point picnic area is a pleasant, grassy picnic area nestled in the forest. It's conveniently located near a trackhead that leads to walking opportunities out along and below the escarpment edge. From here, you...

  4. Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk

    Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk links Cathedral Rock National Park’s two campgrounds and takes in Woolpack Rocks and Cathedral Rock. The track follows the Snowy Range and is a moderate grade apart from when you climb...

  5. Beech Lookout

    Beech lookout is an absolute must-see spot if you’re visiting Cunnawarra National Park. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views out across the headwaters of Georges River south to Cunnawarra Range, Botumburra Range and...

  6. Berarngutta Picnic Area

    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 track here links to...

  7. Blue Hole Picnic Area

    Blue Holes picnic area is a popular spot with the locals, offering swimming and walking in a scenic bush setting in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park near Armidale.When it’s time for a day with the family in...

  8. Budds Mare Lookout

    Budds Mare lookout is a well-equipped picnic area set in beautiful bushland above the Apsley River Valley. There are wonderful views from the lookout across the World Heritage-listed rainforest and over the Apsley...

  9. Cascades Walking Track

    This gorgeous and tranquil 5.7 kilometre walk (return) takes viewers down along the beautiful valley below Wrights lookout walking track past cascades and waterfalls, alongside giant king ferns and mossy boulders....

  10. Cassinia Walking Track

    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 Rivers National Park. Perfect for the kids, this short and easy track takes in rare...

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