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Western Ridge walk

Mutawintji National Park

Overview

A spectacular walk for the fit as this trail is steep in some sections. From the ridge you overlook the vast desert plains and the beautiful Byngnano Range - wonderful at sunset. The walk can take up to 3 hours to complete.

Where
Mutawintji National Park
Distance
6km loop
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
  • In wet weather, access within the park maybe closed, and the public roads are susceptible to weather closures. Please check with the park office before you head out.
  • If you’re planning to watch the sunset on Western Ridge walk, please take a torch with you.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

Also known as Sunset Ridge trail, it’s a spectacular hike if you’re into rugged scenery and enjoy a challenging walk. Very steep in sections, however the breathtaking scenic views in every direction make it well worth the effort. Time this walk in the afternoon for one of the most beautiful sunsets you’re likely to experience.

Following the red markers as you climb the ridge, look for wedge tailed eagles and pink cockatoos. A birdwatching paradise, corellas and finches are often seen flitting through the mallee scrub.

As you clamber up, drink in the views all around you. From the vast western desert plains to the dramatic gorges and rich red ochres of the Byngnano Range to the east, you’ll feel on top of the world. For more big sky views, try the Bynguano Range walking track.

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
Western Ridge Walk, Mutawintji National Park. Photo: Ingo Oeland