The Armidale region of the New England High Country boasts some of the state’s most breathtaking natural wonders. From World Heritage-listed ancient rainforests to thundering waterfalls and dramatic river gorges, the unique and stunning landscape here is packed with unrivalled outdoor adventures.
The region is home to four spectacular national parks that are all part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
In the Oxley Wild Rivers, follow the walking track to find Wollomombi Falls, where water plunges 220m into Wollomombi Gorge below – the highest waterfall in NSW and second-highest in Australia. The picturesque Chandler Falls are also close by. There’s a peaceful campground near the falls, perfect for an overnight bush stop.
Ebor Falls, Armidale - Credit: Barbara Webster/DPE
Sign up for your own outdoor wilderness adventure and choose from bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, biking, or birdwatching. In Oxley Wild Rivers, stretch your legs on the scenic Apsley Gorge Rim and Oxley walking tracks with views of Apsley Falls, and keep an eye out for brush-tailed rock wallabies.
There are also other magnificent state forests and national parks to explore in the region such as Cathedral Rock National Park with its giant granite boulders and panoramic views. Birdwatching and camping are also popular in Cathedral Rock, where you’ll find enormous wedge-tailed eagles.
Another top birdwatching site is the Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve, which sits in a silted volcanic crater. It’s a rare breeding place for several freshwater wetland bird species, and a resting place for migratory birds. Look out for the renowned Japanese Snipe that flies here from Japan each August to April.
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