Threlfall Walking Track
Gumbaynggirr & Anaiwan Country

2 h to 3 h

5.7 km
circuit

↑ 246 m
↓ -246 m

Moderate track
Threlfall Walking Track traces the route of the historic 1894 hydro-electric scheme in Gara Gorge in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Walk to Old dam wall, The Penstock or Gorge Lookouts for great views and have a picnic on the way back. Let us begin by acknowledging the Gumbaynggirr & Anaiwan people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-30.6007461,151.7985637)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Grafton Road, B78, 17, Armidale.
  • Turn on to Castledoyle Road then drive for 12.6 km
  • Continue onto Blue Hole Road and drive for another 3 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 20 m pass the toilet (5 m on your right).
Turn left.
After another 8 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 15 m pass the sign (6 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the BBQ (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the picnic table (8 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 35 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 35 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 40 m head up the surface|wood steps (about 3 m long)
After another 10 m veer right.
Then cross the bridge (about 2 m long)
After another 40 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 5 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 320 m turn right.
After another 115 m continue straight.
Then come to the "Old dam wall" (10 m on your right).
After another 690 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 300 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 750 m head down the steps (about 35 m long)
Then pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 25 m head down the steps (about 6 m long)
After another 30 m head down the steps (about 25 m long)
After another 155 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 20 m come to the "Gorge Lookout".
Then head up the surface|wood steps (about 4 m long)
After another 430 m come to the "The Penstock" (on your left).
Veer right.
After another 2.3 km turn left.
After another 10 m head down the surface|wood steps (about 3 m long)
After another 40 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 35 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 50 m pass the car park (6 m on your right).
After another 5 m turn right.
After another 20 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then cross the bridge (about 45 m long)
Old dam wall (about 130 m back from the start).
After 265 m pass the car park (100 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Threlfall Track.
After another 45 m to find the car park.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Blue Hole Road & Threlfall Track) turn right, to head along Blue Hole Road (a service road).
After another 45 m to find the car park.
After another 1 m turn right.
After another 55 m pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the BBQ (20 m on your right).
Then pass the picnic table (15 m on your right).
About 10 m past the end is a toilet.
Continue straight.
After another 8 m to find the water tap.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (10 m on your left).
Veer right.
After another 25 m come to a shelter.
About 10 m past the end is a BBQ.
About 25 m past the end is a picnic table.
About 30 m past the end is a picnic table.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 320 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Threlfall Walking Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.7 km
Time 2 h to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 0 m (plus an extra 340 m along side route) from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.6 km apart with the largest gap of 5.7 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.9 km apart with the largest gap of 3.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
0 m[toilet]
Toilet
0 m[toilet]
Shelter
0 m[shelter]
Toilet
20 m[toilet]
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