Warrumbungle National Park

Walking

Walks in the park cover all levels of enjoyment and fitness. Gurianawa Track and Whitegum Lookout are suitable for wheelchairs and prams, and for the experienced (and fit) walker, there are walks such as Fans Horizon and Bluff Mountain, where you'll scale steep heights and see some stunning views. You can download a map of the walks (2012WarrumbungleMap.pdf, 800KB) to take with you.  

Limited basic provisions and services are available in the park, so please check any specific requirements prior to your visit. Contact the Visitor Centre for all park information.

Walking tracks

Burbie Canyon walking track

Avid birdwatchers will love Burbie Canyon walking track, which offers a gentle 2km stroll past a creek and through a narrow sandstone gorge. Indeed, the birdlife is so varied here, you can’t help but go birdwatching, trying to spot peregrine falcons nesting in hollows of the rock-face, or rare turquoise parrots darting overhead. This is a terrific track for families and kids as well.

Though Burbie Canyon walking track is good to visit at any time of year, spring is particularly beautiful, surrounded by an abundance of wildflowers like the common parrot pea, guinea flower, and five corners, a popular bushfood. Bring the camera and enjoy the stunning ambience of the native forest.

This is also a great place to see swamp and red-necked wallabies, and, if you’re particularly lucky, you may even spy a koala dozing in a eucalyptus tree.

Fans Horizon

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

This is an excellent introductory walk beginning from Pincham car park. The track is a steady climb including over 1000 steps, from Spirey Creek to Balgatan. The views at the lookout cover most of the Grand High Tops including the Breadknife, Belougery Spire and Crater Bluff. If you're comfortable on this walk then you are ready to explore the longer tracks in the park!

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Fans Horizon map


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Closure

Following bushfire in January 2013, Warrumbungle National Park is open in a limited capacity. Some walking trails remain closed for restoration work.

NPWS is pleased to announce that the Breadknife Grand High Tops walk (via Dagda Shortcut) in the Warrumbungle National Park has reopened. Visitors are able to complete a 12.5km return walk via Dagda Shortcut or the 14.5km circuit walk via West Spirey Creek.

CURRENT CLOSURES IN THE PARK:

Campgounds:

Gunneemooroo Campground

Pincham Campground

Walking Trails:

Fan's Horizon

Gould's Circuit

Bluff Mountain

Tara Cave

For more information please contact the Warrumbungles Visitor Centre on 02 6825 4364.

Belougery Split Rock walking track

One for experienced bushwalkers and the older kids, Belougery Split Rock walking track is a moderate challenge with a big reward at the end. Climbing up and around one of Warrumbungle National Park’s most distinctive peaks, an ancient lava dome, the rough path threads around many obstacles along the way. The final stretch to the summit, for example, involves a scramble up steps carved into the side of a rocky knoll. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

Nevertheless, once you reach the top of Split Rock, all thoughts of exertion fall away. The 360-degree views are spectacular here, showing off Warrumbungle mountain and the seemingly infinite Western Plains stretching off into the distance over an ancient volcanic landscape.

Pack a camera, and maybe a small picnic, so you can settle down and soak up the ambience. You might like to carry some binoculars too, as wedge-tailed eagles live in the area, making this a popular haunt for birdwatching. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a shy red-necked wallaby or wallaroo, lazing in the many wildflowers during spring.

Location:  shown on Tara Cave - Wambelong - Split Rock map

Mount Exmouth walking track

This long trek is also an extremely rewarding one: the 360-degree views from Mount Exmouth, the 1206m peak of Warrumbungle Range, are truly outstanding. Along the way to the summit, you’ll encounter beautiful scenery, a varied vegetation community, and basalt rock formations that comprise some of the few remaining pieces of the original volcanic shield. Following Mount Exmouth walking track is to walk back in time, experiencing the best that Warrumbungle National Park has to offer.

You won’t be alone, either. Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos are common sights along the track. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a rare koala in the trees along ‘The Boulevarde’, a stretch of scenic woodland between Camp Burbie and Danu Gap. Don’t forget your binoculars, too – turquoise parrots can be seen in small flocks around the same area.

The vegetation on the summit is sparse, and only the hardiest of plants like the mallee eucalyptus can survive here. But in spring, the wildflowers are out down below, including pink hyacinth orchids and nodding greenhood. Pack a picnic lunch and settle down to enjoy the ambience of the day.

Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk

From above the Breadknife on the Grand High Tops walk, Warrumbungle National Park (Image: Scott Dowdell/DECCW)This iconic Warrumbungle National Park walk is famous for its wildlife and vistas of rugged volcanic landscape. Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk is the jewel in the glistening crown and is must do for bush walkers who love a challenge with their scenery. The track follows Spirey Creek before climbing steeply to give close encounters with iconic formations such as Belougery Spire, Bress Peak and Crater Bluff.

Passing Balor Hut campground on your way up, stop for a picnic and take in one of the best panoramas in NSW. After the breathtaking Grand High Tops summit, return to Pincham carpark via Dagda Shortcut. Alternatively, continue on towards Western High Tops and Ogma Gap campground, you’ll pass Dows Camp on the way for a look at the impressive Bluff Mountain. To complete the loop, follow West Spirey track back to Pincham carpark.

In spring, walkers will be treated to a wildflower display of purple hoveas, white daisy bushes, yellow wattles and orange pea flowers. A haven for birdwatchers, be sure to look for wedge-tailed eagles soaring high above the cliffs and listen out for the screech of peregrine falcons.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Breadknife - Grand High Tops map

Walking: events and activities

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Auswalk

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