Coolah Tops National Park

Overview

Coolah Tops National Park is a playground for walkers and mountain bikers looking for a great cycling and camping experience.

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Sitting at the junction of the Warrumbungle and Liverpool ranges, Coolah Tops National Park is a beautiful landscape of giant grass trees, tall eucalypt forests and stands of huge snow gums. Take in spectacular views and see magnificent waterfalls on walking trails like The Falls link track, Racecourse track or Grasstrees track. Explore the Bundella track and Mullion track on your mountain bike. Birdwatchers should keep their eyes open, as Coolah Tops is home to an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, so you might see wallabies, eagles, gliders and rare owls.

You may need to spend a weekend discovering everything that Coolah Tops has to offer. There’s remote camping, so you can spend the night stargazing, or after a day of walking and mountain biking, perhaps you’d prefer to sleep soundly at rustic Bracken’s Cottage.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/coolah-tops-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Country NSW region
  • Coolah Tops National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or management operations. The eastern end of the park is regularly closed during wet weather due to slippery road conditions.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Coolah Tops National Park.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Coolah:

    • Head east on the sealed Coolah Creek Road for approximately 19km
    • Turn right onto unsealed The Tops Road
    • Continue along this unsealed road with some steep climbs for another 11km before entering the park

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Coolah Tops National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Great camping weather before the cold weather arrives. Swap stories by the campfire about the day's adventures.

    Spring

    See the park come to life as the pink darling pea, yellow flowering black wattle and silver wattle burst into colour.

    Summer

    Enjoy warm days walking and mountain biking and cooler nights in the bush.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 30°C

    Highest recorded

    40.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 15°C

    Lowest recorded

    -6.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    May

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    186.7mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Coolah (31 km)

    Coolah is the gateway to Coolah Tops National Park, a subalpine park with tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, giant grass trees and scenic forest drives. See animals in the wild, including the greater glider - the largest of Australia's gliding possums.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Coonabarabran (112 km)

    Coonabarabran is the closest town to the craggy peaks and spires of the Warrumbungle Ranges. Warrumbungle National Park is popular for bushwalking, camping and encountering wildlife amid breathtaking scenery.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Merriwa (114 km)

    Merriwa is a unique and friendly rural town nestled in the Upper Hunter Valley. Situated on the Golden Highway, Merriwa is the ideal place for a stopover, as it is centrally located. In just two hours you can reach Mudgee, Dubbo, Newcastle and Tamworth.

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    Learn more

    Coolah Tops National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Wildlife haven

    Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) on top of Bundella lookout, Coolah Tops National Park. Photo: Barry Collier

    Looking out across the beautiful landscape of Coolah Tops National Park, it's obvious why you'll find so much wildlife here. Wander quietly along one of the walking tracks and you'll probably have a close encounter with red-necked wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos. You might also find a wombat waddling through the campground. Coolah Tops has some of the highest population densities of greater gliders in Australia. At night, keep your torch handy to see greater gliders, ring-tailed possums and possibly feather-tailed gliders or a sugar glider in the nearby trees.

    Get active in the bush

    Brackens Cottage in Coolah Tops National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

    Pack your hiking boots and your mountain bike and be ready to get active in the bush at Coolah Tops. There are plenty of great walking tracks and trails to experience the bush on your bike. Make your way to lookouts like Shepherd's Peak or Breeza lookout for spectacular views to the north over the Liverpool Plains and the sheer escarpment. You'll also find several waterfalls along the escarpment where the creeks plunge over the plateau edge.

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    What we're doing

    Coolah Tops National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Brackens Cottage, Coolah Tops National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbins/NSW Government