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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.