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

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

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Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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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

For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania