The best views of the Wollomombi Falls – the highest waterfall in NSW – as well as the Chandler Falls and the Wollomombi Gorge are from the Wollomombi Walking Track in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. The track starts from the picnic area and carpark, and follows the top of the gorge along a well-defined path.
The first lookout along the trail is the Gorge Lookout (I’ve also seen it referred to as the Eagle Lookout). A fenced platform provides a view into the Wollomombi Gorge and glimpses of the river.
The Wollomombi Walking Track crosses the river before reaching the next lookout. A steel walkway ensures a safe crossing, even if there has been heavy rain.
Wollomombi Falls Lookout
The Wollomombi Falls Lookout is about as close as you can get to the waterfall; it provides a great view of the top of the falls, and the narrow gorge.
Chandler Falls Lookout
The last lookout along the Wollomombi Walking Track is the Chandler Falls Lookout, which provides a view of Chandler Falls. This waterfall, along the Chandler River, has a fall of about 200m. The Wollomombi River and Chandler River join just downstream of the two waterfalls (Wollomombi is derived from an Aboriginal word which roughly translates to “meeting of the waters”).
On the way back, I spot a kangaroo peering at me from a distance; other animals you may see include the colourful spotted pardalote, wedge tailed eagles and platypus in the Wollomombi River.
0.0km Falls Picnic Area 0.7km Gorge Lookout 1.3km Wollomombi River crossing 1.6km Wollomombi Falls Lookout 2.1km Chandler Falls Lookout 4.2km Falls Picnic Area (return same way)