Belougery Split Rock

Warrumbungle National Park

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.

Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Coonabarabran travel along Timor Road that becomes John Renshaw Parkway once you enter the National Park. Continue along John Renshaw Parkway and travel 3km past the Visitor Centre and turn right into Camp Wambelong or left into Spit Rock car park.

From Tooraweenah, follow John Renshaw Parkway for approximately 32km, then turn left into Camp Wambelong or right into Split Rock car park.


Warrumbungle National Park Map

Route/Trail notes:

Anti-clockwise route. Start by walking along the Burbie Trail for about 500m with Split Rock looming on your left. The Split Rock track is on your left and signposted.

From here the walk follows a dry creek bed between Belougery Split Rock (left) and Blackman's Mountain (right) before a steep climb to the saddle between these two where the track turns left towards Split Rock eventually dropping over a knoll to a gate which leads to the final scramble to the summit.

The 800m return summit scramble is exposed and isn't suitable for inexperienced walkers or young children. Follow the markers to the summit which has 360° views of the Warrumbungles. Soak in the views and dream of your next walk before scrambling back down the way you came to the gate.

From the gate the circuit continues around the rock past the cave formations to the "split" and eventually around on to the northern side which has views of the campgrounds and Wambelong Creek.

Keep following the path which descends steeply back to the carpark.


National Park entry fee applies (2023 = $8 per vehicle/day). Annual passes are also available. Park entry fees and camping permits can only be purchased online from National Parks NSW. The campgrounds are along John Renshaw Parkway.

Other References/Comments:

Warrumbungle National Park


On a three day stop over, we were lucky as this was the only day we could climb Split Rock due to ‘hazard reduction’. The scramble to the summit was well worth the effort with the wonderful views it provided. Personally, I would do the circuit clockwise, as the climb up is less steep and provides a better perspective of the rock formations.

F.A.B. on 24 May, 2023

We did this right after Mt Exmouth (it is on the way back to the carpark). Really fun, highly recommend it!! It starts off as a steep hike until you get to a small gate attached to a staircase. From here there is a well marked scramble up to the summit. The scramble isn't overly difficult, even though it was wet when we were there it was still very grippy. If you have done Tibrogargan rest assure, this is quite a bit easier with very minimal exposure. The summit view gives a really central perspective of the Warrumbungles and the observatory in the distance.

Vonsnrub on 11 Jun, 2021

We had limited time in the park but this walk was fantastic. Quite hot so make sure to hit it early in the day. Our 6 and 8 year olds loved the scrambling to the summit.

Richard Mason on 11 Nov, 2018


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