Nestled about halfway up Tasmania’s east coast, Douglas-Apsley National Park is full of delightful surprises and unexpected contrasts. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll and space for contemplation, a refreshing swim in a tranquil pool, or a challenging multi-day walk, this picturesque park has plenty to offer.
Situated between the Douglas and Apsley rivers, the area has a long history of farming, mining and trapping, and contains one of the last remaining areas of uncleared dry forest in the state.
The rivers which cut through the park have formed deep gorges and have created a number of beautiful pools and waterfalls. On a warm summer’s day, the turquoise waters of Apsley Waterhole are a favourite with families. Just a ten-minute walk from the car park at the south end of the park, it’s a great spot to cool off and relax before enjoying a picnic. Keep an eye out for wallabies in the area, but don’t be tempted to share your sandwiches.
Walkers keen to explore the park more deeply and experience some of its diverse landscapes should consider the Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge Walk, which takes around 3-4 hours return. Starting on a forest track lined by eucalypts, you then descend a path of stacked boulders down to the stunning surroundings of the gorge. You can return the same way, or return by rock hopping downstream along the river bed.
From the north of the park, experienced hikers can undertake the two-and-a-half-day Leeaberra Track walk. These are challenging walks which reward visitors with extensive views and spectacular landscapes.
Bush camping is available at a number of sites within the park. See our page on Douglas-Apsley - campgrounds for more information.