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Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites

13/02/2018

Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day

01/02/2018

'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Stage Three of Three Capes Track complete

29/01/2018

Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track has now been completed. The Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff lookout tracks have been upgraded to a class 3 dry boot standard track consistent with the existing Three Capes walks.More

Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge

52. Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge

time 2-3 hour return  (2.8km one way)
access Access from Tasman Highway (A3). 4km north of Bicheno turn into Rosedale Road and drive 7km to the Douglas-Apsley National Park. Final 6km is unsealed but suitable for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes. Road is subject to flooding. See map
fees Park entry fees apply.
facilities Toilets; bush camping area that is only accessible by walking track
grade Level 3  Uphill sections have stone steps that ease the grade.
what to take Group B items
cautions Supervise children, slippery surfaces, flowing waters
prohibited No pets or firearms. Bicycles may be wheeled to the camping area but not ridden on walking tracks

This walk crosses the Apsley River at the waterhole and then takes you away from the river on a walk through dry, open forest before descending back to the river at the Apsley Gorge.

Highlights

The Douglas and Apsley Rivers are home to an endangered native fish called the Australian Grayling, which grows to about 30 cm in length. They are dark greenish to greyish olive along the back, lighter and silvery on the sides with a whitish belly.