Wollomombi is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of the waters’.

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Wollomombi Gorge is part of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park which can be easily accessed from the Waterfall Way between Armidale and Urunga. From the main lookout platform, you look across to the Wollomombi and Chandler Waterfalls. The two rivers, separated by a narrow wall of rock, join about 350 m below you, to carve out the steep-sided Inaccessible Gulf to your right, and eventually meet the Macleay River on its long journey to the Pacific Ocean at Southwest Rocks. At times of high rainfall, the two waterfalls are a dramatic sight, sending their swollen waters crashing down to the gorge floor and a dense misty spray upwards to the gorge rim. More usually, they are a smaller trickle of water flowing over the edge but this does not detract from the majesty of the views into the gorge.

On the steep sides of the gorge you will see bright green dry rainforest, whose many rare species have lead to the declaration of the Macleay Gorges as a World Heritage Area. The  largest population of Brush-tailed Rock wallabies makes its home in and around the dry rainforest. You often see Wedge-tailed eagles riding the gorge’s thermals. The cliffs opposite also provide nests for Peregrine falcons, the world’s fastest flier.

You can walk the easy paths that meander around the edge, or have a leisurely barbeque on the picnic tables scattered about. But you’ll probably spend a lot of time imagining a way down to the water, and wondering what’s around that big next bend in the river…. It’s worthwhile spending a night at nearby Green Gully campground, to get photos of the Rock wallabies, or the Superb lyrebirds that come out of the rainforest to scratch around the paths. Or to just sit with a cup of coffee and watch the mists rising up out of the gorge in the early morning light.

Wollomombi Scenes


Wollomombi Falls