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Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk

Warrumbungle National Park


Grand High Tops and Breadknife walk in Warrumbungle National Park, regarded as one of the best walks in NSW, offers close up views of the park’s iconic rock formations.

Warrumbungle National Park
14.5km loop
Time suggested
5 - 6hrs
Grade 4
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • The walk starts from Pincham carpark south of John Renshaw Parkway
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

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, 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 14.5km loop, follow West Spirey track back to Pincham carpark.

Alternatively, you can take a shorter 12.5km return to Pincham carpark via Dagda Shortcut. 

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.

Take a virtual tour of Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

After-fire Warrumbungle National Park

The bushfires that ravaged Warrumbungle National Park in 2013 have become the focus of a major research and recovery program by NSW National Parks. The program has multiple components including studies on fire behaviour, cultural heritage, soils and water, native Australian animals, vegetation and fire management, and will include citizen science.

Views looking towards the Grand High Tops, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Park info

  • in Warrumbungle National Park in the Country NSW region
  • Warrumbungle National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Coonabarabran (Warrumbungle National Park)
      (02) 6825 4364
      (02) 6842 3041 After hours emergency
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Off John Renshaw Parkway, Warrumbungle National Park
    • Fax: (02) 6825 4334
See more visitor info
The Breadknife, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Ingo Oeland