Visit Wollomombi Falls and Chandler Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Last updated: October 6, 2020

Wollomombi Falls is an enormous plunge waterfall located 40km east of Armidale in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in the New England region of New South Wales. Its neighbour Chandler Falls may be a bit smaller but is still very impressive.

With a height of well over 200 metres, the Wollomombi Falls were once considered the highest waterfall in Australia. Several lookout points give visitors spectacular views of the two waterfalls and the massive gorge they drop into.

How to Get to Wollomombi Falls

From Armidale, follow Grafton Rd / Waterfall Way for about 40km when you turn into Wollomombi Falls Rd. After 2km turn left at the fork which takes you to the car park with barbecue and toilet facilities (see map).

If you’re driving in from Coffs Harbour / Bellingen, follow Waterfall Way until you make a left turn into Grafton Rd shortly after Ebor Falls. Stay on Grafton Rd for another 40km before making a left turn into Wollomombi Falls Rd.

Please note that dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted in the area.

About Wollomombi Falls

Most visitors to Wollomombi Falls combine this majestic waterfall with other waterfalls nearby, such as Ebor Falls and Dangar Falls.

They are all located along the scenic Waterfall Way, a popular long-weekend getaway destination for Sydney-siders and Queenslanders.

The best time to visit Wollomombi Falls is after heavy rainfall, when the two waterfalls carry the most water and the gorge turns a bit misty. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a rainbow.

Wollomombi Falls
Wollomombi Falls

It’s recommended to schedule in enough time to spend in this area, because the scenery will blow you away. The two thundering waterfalls and the massive gorge below will leave a lasting impression.

The name of the waterfall stems from the aboriginal word Wollomombi, which roughly means “meeting of the waters”, referring to the confluence of the Wollomombi River and Chandler River in the Wollomombi Gorge.

Wollomombi River and Chandler River
Photo credit: IG/clairechep

The above image, taken after a period of rainfall, is a great visual representation of how the two rivers join, with Wollomombi Falls on the left and the smaller Chandler Falls on the right.

This incredible scenery is a result of millions of years of erosion.

To get an impression of the location of the two waterfalls and the river system they are part of, use these coordinates in Google maps:
Wollomombi Falls: -30.531806, 152.039833
Chandler Falls: -30.533694, 152.047389

Wollomombi Falls Picnic Area

The Wollomombi Falls picnic area has excellent facilities, with several barbecues, (non-flush) toilets, lots of picnic tables, drinking water, and a large car park.

Wollomombi Gorge
Wollomombi Gorge

From there, you can explore the area further, and perhaps follow the walking tracks that lead to several scenic lookout points.

It may also be worthwhile to visit the camping ground nearby, which is home to the Edgars Lookout. This is a great viewpoint with scenic views of the western part of Wollomombi Gorge.

Walking Tracks and Lookout Points

There are two main walking tracks in the area that both give you a good sense of how uniquely beautiful this part of the world is.

It’s recommended to do both these tracks because the views of the waterfalls, the rivers and the massive valley are absolutely stunning. Both walks are fairly easy with only a few steep parts on the way to the lookouts.

1. Chandler Walking Track

The Chandler Track is a relatively easy 1.4km (2.8km return) walk that includes three scenic lookout points.

The main lookout is only a few steps away from the carpark and picnic area, and offers the best views of the Wollomombi Waterfall and the huge gorge.

This wheelchair-accessible lookout platform is relatively newm and the views are absolutely stunning.

Lookout platform at Wollomombi Falls
One of the lookout platforms

The second viewpoint, Checks Lookout, is a bit smaller but offers similarly impressive views as the first one. You can then continue the track to the third lookout, the Chandler Viewpoint.

Until recently, the track would continue all the way down to the river, but this section of the track has been closed. Ongoing erosion and often very steep parts have turned this into a hazardous track.

2. Wollomombi Walking Track

The Wollomombi Walking Track guides hikers along the north side of the gorge rim, taking in various lookout points. The Eagle Lookout is the first viewpoint which offers great views of the gorge from a different angle.

The track then crosses the Wollomombi River leading to another lookout closer to the waterfall, followed by a lookout point that offers scenic views of the Chandler Waterfall.

Wollomombi Falls walking track
Wollomombi Falls walking track

The Wollomombi Walking Track is a moderate 4km return trail that can easily be completed within two hours including stops.

It can easily take a lot longer though, depending on how impressed you are by the awesome views!

Map of the Wollomombi Falls Area

Getting to Wollomombi Falls is easy. Simply turn into Wollomombi Falls Rd from Grafton Rd / Waterfall Way and you’ll end up at the car park and picnic area.

In the below map, the car park at the picnic area is marked with “P”, and the Chandlers and Wollomombi tracks are marked with “1” and “2” respectively.

Map of Wollomombi Falls picnic area

 

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1 Comment
  1. Chandler Walking Track is closed for good so don’t bother walking past the second lookout (Checks Lookout) as all it results in is a gruelling 1hr odd walk across top of escartment, before you hit a rocky section and a steel fence/barrier where you cannot go any further.

    There appears to be a VERY thin track at this point, however I’d say it’s probably a 70-80 degree decline, and in no way safe to continue even with proper hiking gear and boots.

    Worth noting that unless there has been heavy rain, Chandler is just a trickle, and Wollomombi not too bad, but not great.

    If in the area, Ebor Falls nearby is a MUST… absolutely stunning!

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