Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge

East Coast
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Just over a 7km loop through the Douglas-Apsley National Park to see beautiful waterholes and the gorge.

Bird Watching
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

The Apsley Waterhole and Gorge are at the southern end of the park, they are reached by taking the Rosedale Road off the A3 Tasman Highway about 3km north of Bicheno. Rosedale Road leads you to the car parking area at the southern end of the NP.



Route/Trail notes:

This walk starts as a gentle stroll through open woodland before reaching the surprising and lovely Apsley Waterhole. The beautifully tranquil pool in the Apsley River begs you to stop and gaze into its waters. Or if the weather’s right, you might want to wade or swim in the delightfully clear water. The walk crosses the river and leads you up through dry, open forest. It soon descends back to the river at the Apsley Gorge. In dry weather it’s possible to make this a circuit walk by returning along the river. Otherwise return the way you came.

​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.


No permits/costs...just your parks pass!

Other References/Comments:


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A well signed Track with yellow markers. Saw some birdlife but less than expected. The walk along the riverbed was hard on the feet but was lovely walking through the gorge. Beautiful waterholes. There is a toilet and information shed just near the car park.

S K on 20 Dec, 2019

A pleasant walk through bushland. The tracks are uneven so ensure you wear appropriate footwear. We returned via the riverbed which involved navigating rocks and boulders (no track). Currently the area is dry and the trees are feeling it.

Anoogle on 20 Dec, 2019


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