Waterfalls galore, glorious ancient forests circa Gondwana period, the hills, gorges and valleys of New South Wales are a repository of Australian flora and fauna. This is a road trip discovering the joys of forest exploration and the settlements and towns that call the New England highlands home.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is in an area known as New England Highlands. The park is characterised by New England Plateau dropping into the gorges carved out by the Aspley and Macleay Rivers. The park brochures describe, ‘the varied plant communities of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park provide a home for over 350 animal species, including the largest confirmed population of brush-tailed rock wallabies. Even though there are roughly 10,000 of this endangered species in the park, you’ll have to keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of their bushy tail.” Remember to crane your head upwards to sight the soaring majesty of a wedge tailed eagle. The park also boasts over 173 bird species. The park has a number of walks for all fitness levels, over eight camping grounds with extensive facilities.