Warrumbungle National Park


Warrumbungle National park is an area of former volcanic activity. Its landscape includes forested ridges, barren spires and deep gorges. the park was added to the National Heritage List in 2006. It is an ideal destination for the bushwalker, pack camper, photographer, birdwatcher or those who simply enjoy watching sunlight change the colours on a cliff face.

The park is also Australia's only Dark Sky Park. Nearby Siding Spring Observatory is a worthwhile stop and stargazing is fantastic from the park or one of the nearby public observatories.

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John Oxley was the first European to explore the area in 1818. Oxley named the range the Arbuthnot Range but the Gamilaroi name, Warrumbungles meaning "crooked mountains" became the most common name.

In 2013 the park was ravaged by a massive bushfire. The Visitor Centre has details on the fire and explanations of the research and regeneration afterwards.


The Siding Springs Observatory is adjacent to the park but only open during the day (at night it's busy doing research!) There are a number of public observatories nearby which offer nighttime shows.

The park is popular with rock climbers. Climbing routes can be found at the crag.


Access to the park is along John Renshaw Parkway from Coonababran on the east or Tooraweenah on the west. The route is signposted from Coonababran. 

As you drive in from the east, entertain the children as you follow the 'Virtual Solar System' that leads to Siding Spring Observatory at the Park entrance - Virtual Solar System Drive.


The park has 8 campgrounds, many of which are walk in. Camp Blackman provides vehicular camping and is a popular base for walkers with barbecues, picnic tables and hot showers.

Contact details



4.6 km return
3.5 hrs

Belougery Split Rock

A medium length tracks with some fun scrambling and fantastic views across to the Warrumbungles major features including the Breadknife, Grand High Tops, Belougery Spire and Siding Spring Observatory. The rock is a lava dome formed by viscous lava. This is a great half-day walk as an introduction to the Warrumbungles or if you have limited time.

17 km return
7 hrs

Bluff Mountain

A must for adventurous bushwalkers, Bluff Mountain walking track follows the same route as Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk but this hike takes you to the top of Bluff Mountain. It offers unrivalled views of the Warrumbungles’ ancient volcanic landscape as you climb from remnant ancient rainforest to windswept mountain heath.

13 km return
6 hrs

Breadknife and Grand High Tops Circuit

Breadknife and Grand High Tops Circuit in Warrumbungle National Park is regarded as one of the best walks in New South Wales, offering close up views of the park’s iconic rock formations.

2.4 km return
1 hr

Burbie Canyon

Avid birdwatchers will love Burbie Canyon walking track, which offers a gentle stroll along the creek and through a narrow sandstone gorge. Indeed, the birdlife is so varied here, you can’t help but go bird watching. This is a terrific track for families, the kids will love it.

3.8 km return
105 mins

Fans Horizon

Perched atop the cliffs of Balgatan Mountain, Fans Horizon lookout is well worth the short but challenging hike. It’s perfect for bushwalkers who are pressed for time but keen to see the Warrumbungles' famous volcanic rock formations.
Take the time to catch your breath as you enjoy some of the park’s most rewarding sights. You’ll have magnificent views of the iconic Breadknife, Belougery Spire and Crater Bluff.

24.9 km
3 days

Grand High Tops

A spectacular mountain walk through the remnants of an ancient volcanic landscape of Warrumbungle National Park in outback NSW.

17 km return
6 hrs

Mt Exmouth

At 1,206 meters, Mt Exmouth is the tallest mountain in the Warrumbungles. Follow a well marked trail to the summit for excellent 360 degree views.

4 km return
90 mins

Tara Cave

Tara Cave walking track is ideal for bushwalkers interested in the area’s Aboriginal culture. The track leads to Tara Cave, which has evidence of Aboriginal occupation and along the way there are interpretive displays about the local Aboriginal people’s connection with the land.
Until recently, Aboriginal people used caves in the area for shelter. Tara Cave was also used for manufacturing stone tools, and you can see a stone slab with ‘grinding grooves’ at the cave entrance.

1.3 km return
45 mins

Wambelong Nature Track

Short and easy, Wambelong Nature Track is big on rewards and ideal for wildlife and bird watching. The track rises steeply with an awe-inspiring vista of the valley and Split Rock, where you’ll gaze across unique rock outcrops and dramatic spires shaped by volcanic activity 13-17 millions of years ago and then through a small, sheltered gorge.

Very Easy
1.25 km return
30 mins

Whitegum Lookout

Spectacular views of the volcanic landscape of Warrumbungle National Park await you at Whitegum Lookout. It provides you with a perspective of the many other walks and climbs that the National Park has to offer.