Douglas-Apsley National Park

Welcome to Douglas-Apsley National Park
Walks, waterholes and wonderfully unique wilderness

Douglas-Apsley National Park protects one of the largest tracts of sclerophyll forest on the east coast of Tasmania and encompasses almost the entire Douglas River catchment.

Nearly half of Tasmania’s eucalypt species occur her, and several plant species are found only in this region, including the endangered Apsley heath (Epacris apsleyenis)

Park entry fees and walker registration
Going Bushwalking? Please complete the Walker Logbook and make sure you have purchased your Parks pass.

Short Walks

Aplsey river waterhole
Highlights: Enjoy a refreshing swim or picnic at the waterhole.
Distance & time return: 1km, 20 mins
Fitness: level 2

Apsley Gorge Great short walk
Highlights: Rock-hop across the Waterhole then follow the marked track through dry, open forest. Descend back to the river at the Apsley Gorge, framed by sheer, dolerite cliffs and tranquil pools.
In dry weather you can slowly rock-hop downstream along the river bed. Do not undertake this walk if heavy rain is forecast.

Distance & time return: Approximately 6km return 2-3 hours, 4-5 hour circuit
Fitness: level 3

Multi day walks

Leeaberra track
Highlights: The Leeaberra track should only be walked from North to south to stop the spread of the introduced root-rot fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi.
Start at the northern end of the Douglas Apsley National Park at E Road. A great introduction to overnight walking for experienced map readers. Enjoy spectacular views, waterfalls and wild, dry sclerophyll forests.
Distance: 28km, 3 days one way
Fitness: level 5

Enjoy an ancient landscape
Relax at the waterhole, spot some of the 65 native birds that live here, explore the spectacular scenery or hike into a world of tranquillity. With rainforests, waterfalls, rare South Esk Pines and ancient dolerite cliffs, this park is a perfect refuge in a world of shrinking diversity.

Hidden Away
Nestled amongst the dolerite are fascinating plants some of which have arrived on secret river journeys such as the beautiful river boronia (B. gunni). Look for it on the Apsley Gorge walk.

Three special plants
Almost the entire world population of tall heath (Epocris grandis) is protected within the park. Significant populations of the Aspley heath (E. aspleyeyenis) and bordered heath (E. limbana) are also present. All three of these endangered epacrids are woody shrubs with hard, prickly leaves and white tubular flowers.

Other rare plants
The endangered fairy flower (Scaevola aemula) was only discovered in the park after fire caused seeds to germinate. Such plants may only be seen for a short period after fire, surviving at other times in the soil seedbank.

In 1989 after a long campaign by locals, conservationist and bushwalkers this area was declared a national park. Local landowner Arthur Jones owned land here and after his death the land was donated to the Wilderness Society. It is now managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.