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Coonabarabran - Warrumbungle - Tooraweenah drive

Warrumbungle National Park

Overview

Coonabarabran – Warrumbungle – Tooraweenah drive offers car touring through scenic mountain views with picnicking, walking, and wheelchair accessible facilities in Warrumbungle National Park.

Where
Warrumbungle National Park
Distance
70km one-way
Time suggested
4hrs
Grade
Medium
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • Wheelchair accessible walking track available at Whitegum lookout
  • Picnic facilities are located at Canyon picnic area
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

Fancy a leisurely drive through the iconic Warrumbungles, taking in some of the sights that have put this area on the world map? The 70km Coonabarabran – Warrumbungle – Tooraweenah drive combines views, lookouts, and easy walks on a spectacular day trip.

Starting in Coonabarabran, you’ll drive through the picturesque Timor Valley. Highlights worth a visit include the Skywatch Observatory, Timor Rock, and the Anglo-Australian telescope at Siding Spring.

Arriving at the entrance to Warrumbungle National Park, a pit stop at the accessible Whitegum lookout is on the cards. Here, you’ll enjoy a wonderful panorama over the ‘crooked’ mountains across to the impressive Breadknife and Belougery Split Rock.

If you’re feeling like stretching your legs, try the easy Gurianawa walking track or unpack the hamper at nearby Canyon picnic area. Continue through the park towards Tooraweenah, keeping an eye out for majestic Mount Exmouth on your left.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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
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The Breadknifes, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Chinmoy Mukerjee