12 Bucket-List Adventures in New England High Country

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1. Fly over the spectacular gorge country in a WWII-era Warbird plane

Adrenalin junkies, history buffs and aviation nerds alike will love taking in the scenery of New England’s national parks from a WWII-era fighter plane. 

2. Hike the Green Gully Track

A five night trek through Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, the Green Gully Track is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and challenging hikes. Stay in restored cattlemen’s huts and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the park.

3. Mountain bike The Piney

While New England has plenty of awesome mountain bike trails, probably her best is The Piney at Armidale State Forest. Enjoy 15km of signposted track through challenging undulating pine forest.

4. Cycle Tourist Drive 19

A mix of sealed and unsealed roads, Tourist Drive 19 takes you from Armidale to Uralla via wineries, vine-clad chapels and historic woolsheds and homesteads. The perfect day’s cycling!

5. Horse ride the Bicentennial National Trail

This epic trail passes through Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and can be enjoyed on horseback, pushbike or foot. Choose your own adventure.

6. Go fly-fishing

Try your hand at the delicate art of fresh water fly-fishing in one of the region’s stunning national parks. The trout double dare you.    

7. Rock-climbing the region’s national parks

This is gorge country, so rock-climbing opportunities abound. From the staggering heights of Wollomombi Falls and Dangars Gorge to the granite boulders of Bald and Cathedral Rocks National Parks, there’s a climb to suit your experience.

8. Kayak in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Embark on a multi-day kayak adventure in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park from West-Kunderang Recreational Retreat to George’s Junction; almost 30km of stunning scenery and solitude.

9. Climb Cathedral Rock

Best completed at dawn, this challenging climb in Cathedral Rock National Park involves clambering over boulders and the use of a support chain in order to enjoy the stunning view from the top.

10. Ride the Waterfall Way on a motorcycle

It’s windy, hilly and delivers what it promises in the name. In short, this is a motorcycle trip not to be missed.

11. Drive the Old Glen Innes Road

An unsealed road from Grafton to Glen Innes, the Old Glen Innes Road is a former stock route that weaves alongside the picturesque Boyd River. Home to a ghost town, a convict tunnel and bushranger legends.

12. Go camping in Washpool National Park

An easy drive east of Glen Innes, this scenic national park is heaven on earth for campers, hikers and bird watchers.