Winterbourne is an area about 30 km to
the east of Walcha, NSW. It is bordered by Blue Mountain Creek on
the north, Salisbury Plains to the west, Moona Plains to south, and
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park to the east.
Public access to this part of
the National Park is only possible via the 2 km easement between the
properties ‘Paradale’ and ‘Karori’, leaving from Tabletop Road. This
is the start of the trips into Tabletop, Steep Drop Falls, Blue
Mountain Creek and the Macleay River. The local altitudinal range-
from 1292m at Baynes Mountain to 220 m at Oven Camp. This gives a
great diversity of microclimates and thus many plants species,
including a number of rare endemics. Brush Tailed Rock Wallabies are a
common sight here, though extinct elsewhere.
Daywalks are confined to the gorge
rim, but for those prepared to backpack, there are kilometres of
ridge and river walking, with some memorable campsites and great
views. Be careful with river crossings. There are no handy river
height gauges in this area.