Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 5.6km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Rosedale Road

  • End: Rosedale Road

  • Closest Town: Bicheno

  • Location: Douglas-Apsley National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 189km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.865758

  • Longitude: 148.190525


Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge is a 5.6km, grade 3 Return hike located in Douglas-Apsley National Park Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.


This walk crosses the Apsley River at the waterhole and then takes you away from the river on a walk through dry, open forest before descending back to the river at the Apsley Gorge.


The Douglas and Apsley Rivers are home to an endangered native fish called the Australian Grayling, which grows to about 30 cm in length. They are dark greenish to greyish olive along the back, lighter and silvery on the sides with a whitish belly.


The East Coast and Flinders Island

Getting there

Access from Tasman Highway (A3). 4km north of Bicheno turn into Rosedale Road and drive 7km to the Douglas-Apsley National Park. Final 6km is unsealed but suitable for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes. Road is subject to flooding.


Park entry fees apply.

Toilets; bush camping area that is only accessible by walking track.

Uphill sections have stone steps that ease the grade.

Supervise children, slippery surfaces, flowing waters.

No pets or firearms. Bicycles may be wheeled to the camping area but not ridden on walking tracks.


Total distance: 5638 m
Max elevation: 240 m
Min elevation: 82 m
Total climbing: 293 m
Total descent: -293 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania