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Rockholes loop walking track

Mutawintji National Park

Overview

An exciting excursion from the Homestead Creek Trail for the more adventurous. The loop leads past some excellent Aboriginal engravings, up to splendid views of several large rockholes, Homestead Gorge and Bynguano Range.

Where
Mutawintji National Park
Distance
5.6km return
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Before setting out in the wilderness area, please register with the ranger or contact the Broken Hill office on (08) 8080 3200.
  • Outback NSW can be very hot in summer. If travelling at this time be well prepared for the extreme conditions.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

If you’re after a rock-hopping adventure, be sure to try Rockholes loop walking track, off the Homestead Gorge trail in Mutawintji National Park in western NSW. It’s a short but steep walking loop for the nimble footed seeking an extra side of scenic view.

Strolling along the creek lined with river red gums, you’ll discover an array of Aboriginal rock art and engravings amongst the maze of overhangs and rock faces. This area teems with wildlife and is home to the only known colony of the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.

Reaching the top of the steep ascent, soak in the scenic desert views over the rugged Homestead Gorge and the fiery red Bynguano Range. Picnic beside the dark and mysterious rockpools before heading back.

For those wanting an extra challenge, take the Bynguano Range walking track. Either way, you’ll welcome a lazy night around the campfire under the stars.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Mutawintji National Park joint management program

Located in semi-arid lands near Broken Hill, Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji Historic Site and Mutawintji Nature Reserve are all rich in Aboriginal history and culture. NSW National Parks and the Mutawintji Board of Management are working together to ensure their preservation.

Aboriginal Joint Management, Mutawintji National Park. Photo: John Spencer
Rocky cliff over looking the plains, Mutawintji National Park. Photo: Adam Bruzzone