Wollomombi and Chandler Walking Tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park NSW

Spectacular gorge scenery on these two shortish walks along the edge of Wollomombi Gorge in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Two shortish walks here that are filled with spectacular gorge scenery. The scenery is quite different from the valleys around Sydney, and one of my Instagram followers thought it reminiscent of the Italian Alps. I’ve never been, although I see plenty of the Dolomites on Instragram, and I think she was referring to the preponderance of steep rocky slopes. There are big waterfalls here as well, and in fact Wollomombi Falls is the third tallest in Australia, however we didn’t see a single falls with water in them on our trip, due to dry conditions. Definitely worth the visit nevertheless.

Track notes at the end.

Wollomombi & Chandler Walking Tracks: The Scenery

Chandler walking track
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
This view was a short side trip from Checks Lookout, to a spot where they used to have the lookout. It requires a bit more care to get down there, but was worth it.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Where Wollomombi Falls should have been
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
I think Wollomombi Falls are usually on the left. Not much water around when we visited.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Sophia resting at the turnaround point of the Chandler walking track.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
A panorama from the end point of the Chandler walking track.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
The Wollomombi Gorge from the end of the Chandler Walking Track.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Sophia looking yonder.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Lots of rock.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Looking deeper into the gorge.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
The Chandler walking track ends part way along the spur to the right.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
This view was just a little off track as we returned back to the start of the Chandler walking track.
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
This is roughly the view from the main falls lookout, only that was closed for repairs, so I went into the bush just a little to find a gap in the trees.
Wollomombi walking track

Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
We crossed over Wollomombi River.

Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
The beginnings of Wollomombi Gorge.

Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Edgars Lookout
Wollomombi & Chandler walking tracks, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
This view was actually from Edgars Lookout, which is a very short drive from the main car park.

Track Notes

There’s information on these walks on the NPWS website: here are links to the Chandler Walking Track and Wollomombi Walking Track. The Chandler walk is quite short but the end bit is steep. The track used to go down all the way to the river but has been closed due to erosion, and now ends at a good viewpoint back up the Wollomombi Gorge. The Wollombombi Walking Track is a little longer but quite level, and goes upstream to visit the beginning of the gorge.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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