Apsley Falls

An easy circuit with stunning views of the Apsley Falls and Gorge

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Apsley Falls

This short loop walk visits the main Apsley Falls Lookout as well as Lions Lookout on the rim of the gorge, a view of the landslide and the Lower Pool. The sharp, steep cliffs are made of slate, and the Falls are about 65 metres high. The Apsley Falls and Gorge are a significant place for the Dunghutti people

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The Oxley Walk crosses the river on a nice bridge, leading to lookouts on the other rim of the gorge. The Apsley is joined by the nearby Tia River, and flows into the Macleay River. Enjoy another view of the river at the Riverside campground, with a lookout at Budds Mare.

The site has long been popular with tourists and was first dedicated as a public reserve in 1881. There is also a picnic area and a camping ground.

Apsley Falls, bridge


Soundtrails is an app which creates immersive experiences. There is a Soundtrail for Apsley Falls, and for some of the other walks on this site, such as Coombadjha Walk in Washpool NP and Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers NP.

The Apsley Falls Soundtrail includes local elders sharing the tragic history of the gorge. Upstream of the falls are grinding grooves and stories of fish traps. Eels journey here from the Coral Sea, peregrine falcons nest on the walls of the gorge, and the Oxley Wild Rivers are a refuge for brush tail rock wallabies


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