The Apsley River Waterhole Gorge starts from the carpark and is a fairly gentle stroll through open woodland before reaching the surprising Apsley Waterhole, where on a warm summer's day you will find visitors enjoying a swim in this beautiful waterhole. You can walk across the river and up through a dry, open forest which then descends back to the river at the Apsley Gorge. In dry weather, it’s possible to make this a circuit by returning along the river, but otherwise, you simply walk back the way you came. The Douglas and Apsley Rivers are home to the endangered native fish called the Australian Grayling, which grows to about 30 cm in length. The Australian Grayling are dark greenish to greyish olive along the back, lighter and silvery on the sides with a whitish belly - try to spot but please don' attempt to catch or disturb. It is common to see an abundance of native birdlife along this pictureque walk, including a variety of parrots. Snakes are common during warm summer months, so take care. There is very basic camping available at Apsley River Waterhole Gorge - see Camping Apsley River Waterhole Gorge
This relatively easy walk will take around 2-3 hr return, it's some 5.5 km if you walk in and out the same way but around 7km if returning via the river in dry conditions. The Apsley River Waterhole Gorge walk is suitable for most ages - the track is dirt and can become wet and slippery after rain. There are a couple of gentle hill sections and a few steps but for the most part it is fairly flat. There are very basic composting toilets near the carpark at the start of the walk, where there is basic shelter nad some information. Please, as always, supervise young children on the walk and near water. Please also only attempt to return via the Apsley River when the water is low and the conditions dry. A valid parks pass is required to complete the Apsley River Waterhole Gorge walk. To access this walk, from the Tasman Highway (A3) north of Bicheno turn into Rosedale Rd. The final 6km is unsealed but suitable for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes and generally in good condition, however, after heavy rain this road is subject to flooding.
There is very basic camping available at Apsley River Waterhole Gorge - please see https://www.campingtasmania.com/douglas-apsley-national-park-camping.htm
2-3 hours return
Region of Tasmania
Apsley River Waterhole Gorge Carpark
Type Of Walk