Warrumbungles: an adventure paradise

By Ken Eastwood 28 November 2013
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The Warrumbungles in NSW are home to wildlife, bushwalks and rock-climbing, all against a breathtaking backdrop.

A SPECTACULAR VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE near Coonabarabran in central NSW, Warrumbungle National Park has towering trachyte spires, stunning lookouts, a wealth of wildlife and infinite bushwalks.

The park is at the junction of dry western country and wetter eastern areas, and the region boasts summits of up to 1200m above sea level. These factors result in an unusual mix of vegetation, where spinifex sits alongside flowering heath.

Rockclimbing and bushwalks at Warrumbungle

Camping facilities are excellent and inexpensive, and wildlife is abundant around the campgrounds. Eastern grey kangaroos, emus and koalas are all regular visitors.

The best of the bushwalks are the classic 16.5km Grand High Tops loop via Macha Tor; the exciting 5km loop walk up Belougery Split Rock; and the strenuous 20km return walk to the summit of Mt Exmouth, via Cathedral Arch.

Those with more adventurous hearts can rock-climb some of Australia’s highest vertical cliffs on Belougery Spire, Bluff Mountain and Crater Bluff. These thrilling climbs have names such as “Vertigo” and “Heartstopper”.