Apsley Waterhole Loop Track

20 min to 30 min

1 km

↑ 35 m
↓ -35 m

Moderate track
Starting from the southern access point of Douglas-Apsley National Park on Rosedale Road, this circuit takes you through open forest past the delightful Apsley Waterhole. This gentle walk follows a trail through eucalypts and wattle trees, leading to the sparkling waters of Apsley Waterhole. The water is usually calm and clear, and it’s a lovely way to refresh yourself on a hot summer’s day. A couple of small information booths provide further details about the area. As you descend toward the river, you will pass a path on the right that leads to a campground where there are campfire pits and several places to put up a tent. While fires are permitted here, the use of fuel stoves is recommended to preserve decaying wood and prevent wildfires. Let us begin by acknowledging the 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.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-41.8654593,148.1905312)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tasman Highway, A3, Bicheno.
  • Turn on to Rosedale Road then drive for 1.6 km
  • Continue onto Rosedale Road and drive for another 5.8 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 45 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 145 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
There is a car park.
After 20 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the shelter (6 m on your right).
Then pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 220 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you down to the waterhole. Enjoy! To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 330 m turn right.
After another 35 m continue straight.
Then come to the camp site (50 m on your left).
This is a free campsite.
After another 30 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 120 m veer left.
After another 245 m come to the end.

This side trip takes you down to the waterhole. Enjoy!
Turn map Directions & comments
There is a toilet (about 50 m back from the start).
After another 55 m head down the steps (about 70 m long)
After another 10 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 90 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Apsley Waterhole Loop Track

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 620 m from the start.

Shelter: There is one 30 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 340 m apart with the largest gap of 630 m.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
15 m[toilet]
30 m[shelter]
Camp site
620 m[camp site]
650 m[toilet]
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