Why you should visit
Warrumbungle National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:
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.
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 CaveJohn 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 CaveWarrumbungle 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
A total fire ban
applies in the park.
(Ends Friday 21 November. Future bans
will also apply.)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service
which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Friday 21 November
for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply
. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
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.
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)