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Warrumbungle National Park

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Alerts for Warrumbungle National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 21/11/2014 12:01 AM

“My favourite thing to do on a camping trip to the Warrumbungles is to lie back and watch the stars – they’re magnificent.”

Whether you’re into camping, walking, birdwatching, or even astronomy, Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran in NSW, is a great place for a weekend getaway or longer holiday.

Most recently, the 2013 wildfires marked yet another chapter in this great park’s history. Although there are fewer facilities for you to enjoy now as a result of these fires, the NPWS is working hard to rebuild its facilities for generations to come. And, as the walking tracks, campgrounds and other visitor sites are rebuilt on the ground, you’ll find out about them here, so be sure to check back regularly.

What hasn’t changed since the fires? The Breadknife, easily the most recognisable feature within the park, still towers 90m above the valley floor, and is a symbol of the park’s enduring importance and resilience.

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Why you should visit

Warrumbungle National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Aboriginal dreamtime
Warrumbungle is a Gamilaroi (also written Gamilaraay) word meaning crooked mountain, and for many thousands of years it has been a spiritual place for the custodians of this land, the Gamilaroi, the Wiradjuri and the Weilwan. The landscape, plants and animals of the park are a constant reminder of its sacred significance to Aboriginal people today. Take an Aboriginal Discovery guided tour to find out more about the Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Landscape and geology
The landscape of Warrumbungle National Park has been shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity; spend some time looking at Crater Bluff and Belougery Spire and imagine the vents of magma that once erupted to create these formations. Old lava flows created at Mount Exmouth and Siding Spring Mountain, just outside the boundary of the park and Belougery Split Rock and Bluff Mountain are great examples of volcanic action. The most iconic feature in the park, The Breadknife, is a volcanic dyke which stands a massive 90m tall.

Wish upon a star
Nearby Coonabarabran is known as the ‘Astronomy Capital of Australia’ and Warrumbungle National Park is the ultimate place to see infinite stars. Admire the view from your campsite, or if you want to see right up to the heavens, visit the Siding Springs Observatory, or take your own telescope for a spectacular view of the Milky Way.

Capture a classic photo
The park’s big sky, amazing light and dramatic yet fragile rock formations make Warrumbungle National Park an outstanding place for amateur and professional photographers alike. The dramatic mix of volcanic spires and domes, plateaus, forested ridges and tall volcanic dykes are bound to make even the youngest of photographers look good, so whatever you do - don't forget your camera.

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Alerts

closed areas

Closed facilities
Some areas of Warrumbungle National Park are closed due to a bushfire in January 2013. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Please register with the Visitor Centre if you are planning on walking or climbing off-track. Falling trees remain a hazard in fire effected areas.Penalties apply for non-compliance. Other alerts or closures may be in place. For more information, please contact the Warrumbungles Visitor Centre on (02) 6825 4364 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page
Locations affected: Fans Horizon, Fans Horizon lookout, Pincham carpark, Tara Cave
John Renshaw Parkway road closure (Ends Friday 19 December)

Some areas of this park will closed due to planned closure of the John Renshaw Parkway (the main road running through the park).
Major roadworks being implemented by Gilgandra Shire Council, will force the closure of the western entrance, along with west-bound traffic past the Pincham carpark turnoff.  
Closed areas include Camp Wambelong, Split Rock walking track, Burbie Camp and Burbie Canyon walking track. 
Gilgandra Shire Council will re-open this road between Friday 7 November 2014 to Sunday 9 November (inclusive) to cater for the Crooked Mountain concert scheduled for Saturday 8 November 2014.
Camp Blackman, the Visitors Centre, Canyon picnic area, and Pincham carpark are unaffected by this closure and remain open.
For more information, please contact the Warrumbunge National Park Visitors Centre on (02) 6825 4364 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
Locations affected: Coonabarabran - Warrumbungle - Tooraweenah drive, Coonabarabran - Baradine - Warrumbungle NP drive, Camp Wambelong, Burbie Camp, Burbie Canyon walking track, Belougery Split Rock walking track, Tara Cave
Warrumbungle National Park - walking track closure
With the exception of White Gum lookout track, Wambelong nature trail and Belougery Flats walking tracks and all other walking tracks, including Northern trail are closed due to dangerous fire weather conditions. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Warrumbungle National Park Visitors Centre on (02) 6825 4364 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

fire bans

A park fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Tuesday 31 March 2015. Future bans will also apply.)
A park fire ban is in place in this park . The park fire ban remains in affect until 6pm 31 March 2015. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Park fire bans are in place in all reserves across the Northern Plains Region in north-west NSW. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:
They're under direct control of an adult
The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)
Penalties apply for non-compliance
For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves please contact the Narrabri area office on (02) 6792 7300, Baradine area office on (02) 6843 4000 or Warrumbungle Visitor Centre on (02) 6825 4364, or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

Getting there

 Car

From Coonabarabran:

  • Turn west at the Clock Tower and follow the Tourist Drive No 1 signs to Warrumbungle National Park and Tooraweenah along Timor Road
  • At 25km from Coonabarabran, you'll enter Warrumbungle National Park
  • Warrumbungle Visitor Centre is about 37km from Coonabarabran

From Gilgandra:

  • Take the Newell Highway north towards Coonabarabran
  • Turn left off the highway into the village of Tooraweenah
  • Follow the brown Tourist Drive 1 north through Tooraweenah
  • Continue for 26km to the T-intersection at Gummin Gummin homestead
  • Turn right onto John Renshaw Parkway and continue for 8km

From Coonamble, take Castlereagh Highway and turn left into King Street. Continue along Coonamble Toora weenah Road for about 72km.

From Gulargambone, take Gulargambone Road for about 31km. Continue along John Renshaw Parkway, then veer right onto Coonamble Toorweenah Road.

  • Turn off the Castlereagh Highway
  • The turnoff to the park is signposted
  • Some of this road is unsealed

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 Opening times

Warrumbungle National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Fees

Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day.

 Close to

Warrumbungle National Park is close to:

  • Coonabarabran (35km)
  • Coonamble (100km)
  • Gilgandra (80km)
  • Gulargambone (55km)

 Public Transport

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

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW for more information.

Weather and climate

 Weather

You may experience a great range of temperatures on any day in the park.

In summer it’s generally hot in the daytime and temperatures often exceed 30ºC. In contrast, winter can be very cold and the temperature drops below freezing at night.

Rainfall is also highly variable, ranging from drought to prolonged wet periods. Less rain falls on the western side of the park than on the eastern side. It rains most from December to February and the annual average rainfall is 720mm. Thunderstorms are common in mid to late summer.

 Visiting through the seasons

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

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • During early spring wildflowers are in bloom, including a huge variety of golden wattle flowers
  • With a more moderate climate, spring is a great time to get out and camp under the stars

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 15°C and 30°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature is 42.6°C

Winter

  • The average temperature ranges between 0°C and 15°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -9°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is January, the driest September
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 176.3mm in one day

Safety

Trees in Warrumbungle National Park have been impacted as a result of the 2013 bushfire and may fall without warning or drop branches.

Visitor areas and walking tracks have been assessed to ensure the safety of visitors. Areas outside these precincts, which do not have safety notices, have not been assessed and should not be entered.

For your safety do not sit, stand or camp under large trees or overhanging branches, especially during windy or wet conditions.

For more information contact the Coonabarabran Area office on (02) 6842 1311.

Contacts

Coonabarabran (Warrumbungle National Park)

Phone: 02 6825 4364
Street address: Off John Renshway Parkway, Warrumbungle National Park
Opening hours: 9:00am-4:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)

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View from Fan's Horizon lookout, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary