Weddin Mountains National Park

Overview

Scenic views, colourful walks and secluded campgrounds await you at Weddin Mountains National Park, close to Grenfell. Bring the family for a drive or a picnic.

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Weddin Mountains National Park, near Grenfell, consists of a small rocky range of mountains and provides a great day out for all the family to enjoy.

Home of Ben Hall’s Cave, the land is blessed with beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. A short bushwalk up rugged hillside takes you to a cave overhang reputed to be a bushrangers' haunt — Ben Hall’s Cave is named after one of the area's most infamous rogues.

On a clear day, the mountain can be seen towering above the landscape from over 50km away. Watching it gradually fill the horizon is one of the real treats of a scenic drive around the park.

The journey around the base of the mountain en route to Ben Hall’s campground and picnic area is outstanding and ideally suited to both bicycle and car touring. Those who prefer a bushwalk through rogue land will be equally as pleased with the scenery.

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/weddin-mountains-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

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

    • Bathurst
      (02) 6332 7640
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Level 2, 203-209 Russell Street, Bathurst NSW. To contact the KARST Conservation Unit in this office please call (02) 6332 7680.
    • Fax: (02) 6332 7650
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Weddin Mountains National Park.

Getting there and parking

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  1. From Grenfell to Ben Hall’s campground: travel 5.5km west along the Mid-Western Highway towards West Wyalong, then turn left onto Back Piney Range Road, following the signs to Weddin Mountains National Park. Follow the road around for 23km and then turn left onto the park entrance road over the grid. Go through the State Forest and then turn left and then right into Ben Hall’s campground. The trailhead is at the eastern end of the campground.
  2. To access Holy Camp, travel from Grenfell 2km on the Bimbi Road. Turn right onto Holy Camp Road and continue for 15km to Holy Camp in Weddin Mountains National Park.
  3. Park entry points

    Parking

    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 Weddin Mountains National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Cooler days make it an ideal time to undertake some of the longer walks. It's also a good time to wander around Seaton's Farm to investigate and compare machinery used back then to what we have today.

    Spring

    A great time to see the wildflowers that blanket much of the ground. Venture up to the lookouts to see the sprawling surrounding farming country.

    Summer

    Enjoy a free barbecue at Ben Hall's campground.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    30°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    43.9°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    12°C and 15°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    June

    Driest month

    February

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    110.7mm

    Facilities

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    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).

    Outback safety

    Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

    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

    Grenfell (35 km)

    The historic goldmining town of Grenfell is the birthplace of poet Henry Lawson, who was born on 17 June, 1867.  Bushranger Ben Hall was also born nearby. Hall and his gang rampaged through the area from late 1863 until his death in a hail of bullets in May 1865.Visit the Grenfell Historical Museum to learn about Grenfell and its famous and (infamous) sons.

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    Young (59 km)

    Young is home to many different stone-fruit orchards, wineries and gourmet food shops. Pick your own cherries from November to December and explore the local cellars and restaurants.

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    Forbes (97 km)

    Rich in gold-mining history and the site of the biggest gold robbery in Australia's history, Forbes is renowned for its connections with notorious bushrangers Ben Hall and Frank Gardiner. Find out more on the town's heritage trail.

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    Learn more

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

    Where there's a will

    Seatons Farm historic site, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

    In 1936, the Seaton family began developing property on the western side of the Weddin Mountains as a pastoral enterprise. Money and resources were scarce during the Great Depression, so the farm was built using second-hand materials fashioned into solid structures. Seaton's Farm is a testimony to the ingenuity used by the Seatons when times were tough. It provides brilliant insight into how this farming family lived during the mid-1900s. The Weddin Mountains are also well-known as the hideout of bushrangers Ben Hall and John Bow, infamously involved in the Escort Robbery at Eugowra.

    • Seaton's Farm historic site An easy scenic walk to a perfect picnic spot against a backdrop of historic agricultural relics. Binoculars are also a must for the enthusiastic birdwatcher.

    Rock stars

    Eualdrie lookout, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: OEH

    The Weddin Mountains are a large, crescent-shaped range that rises sharply from the surrounding plains. This prominent feature can be seen from up to 50km away. There are a number of interesting rock formations, cliff lines and small caves, particularly on the northern and eastern side of the mountain. Deep gullies between gentler slopes produce some lovely small waterfalls after a good rain.

    • Basin Gully to Eualdrie lookout track Enjoy a challenging walk? Highlights on this fantastic hiking track include ridges, gullies and scenic views that stretch toward Grenfell, as well as great birdwatching.

    Protected population

    Basin Gully wildflowers, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: C Davis

    The Weddin Mountains harbour 12 threatened plant species and 39 threatened bird species. In spring, many lilies and orchids come into bloom, as do winged peppercress and slender darling pea. The diversity in vegetation from the base of the mountain to the top also accommodates a variety of bird species, from larger emus to smaller robins and thornbills. Raptors such as wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons are often seen swooping and diving from the lookouts.

    • Bertha's Gully walking track This medium difficulty walk near Grenfell passes small waterfalls and rock overhangs along Bertha’s Gully. Stop by at the campground for a rest after your 6km walk.
    • Eualdrie walking track Eualdrie walking track is a short hiking route that offers scenic views, birdwatching and spring wildflowers.
    • Lynchs loop trail Lynchs loop trail is a short hike within Weddin Mountains National Park. The route is scenic and there are birdwatching opportunities.

    Any way you like it

    Ben Halls campground, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: M Cooper

    The park offers both relaxing and adventurous recreational opportunities. Picnickers can enjoy a campfire and barbecue at Ben Hall's campground, while more adventurous visitors can walk the mountain range on a variety of walking tracks.

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    What we're doing

    Weddin Mountains 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.

    Berthas Gully Track, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: M Cooper/NSW Government