Apsley River Waterhole and Gorge – Great Short Walk
One of the 60 Great Short Walks of Tasmania
This walk starts as a gentle stroll through open woodland before reaching the surprising and lovely Apsley Waterhole. The beautifully tranquil pool in the Apsley River begs you to stop and gaze into its waters. Or if the weather’s right, you might want to wade or swim in the delightfully clear water. The walk crosses the river and leads you up through dry, open forest. It soon descends back to the river at the Apsley Gorge. In dry weather, it’s possible to make this a circuit walk by returning along the river. Otherwise, return the way you came.
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.