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Dows camp

Warrumbungle National Park

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Overview

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Dows camp is a remote campground for self-sufficient hikers, located along the Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk, in Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 3
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
What to bring Drinking water, fuel stove, toilet paper, torch, food supplies, first aid kit, personal locator beacon, insect repellent, sunscreen
Price Free. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites
  • This is a remote campground, please arrive well prepared. If you’re bushwalking it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • This campground is within the Dark Sky Park boundary. Please see our guide for suitable camping lights and use in this park, available at the visitor centre.
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This basic, walk-in campground is a perfect getaway for experienced bushwalkers to immerse themselves in the spectacular volcanic landscape of Warrumbungle National Park.

Located around 8km from Pincham carpark, along Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk, it’s a great stopover if you want to hike to the summit of Bluff Mountain. Allow 3-4 hours to walk from the carpark.

Pitch your tent in the shelter of tall trees and enjoy endless photo opportunities. A short walk gives you breathtaking vistas of the Warrumbungle Range. Watch the sun rise or set on Bluff Pyramid, as eagles soar past the imposing cliff face of Bluff Mountain.

Cook up a tasty camp dinner, keeping an eye out for red-neck wallabies and swamp wallabies bounding through the eucalypts. Then settle in for a night of stargazing beneath crystal-clear skies.

Wake up to a chorus of kookaburras, rufous whistlers and Jacky winters. If you’re feeling energetic, catch sunrise from the summit of Bluff Mountain, a steep and challenging 2.4km hike. Or, simply enjoy daybreak from the comfort of your peaceful camp.

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, when wildflowers are at their finest, and the days aren’t too hot or cold. 

 

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Dark Sky Parks

Warrumbungle National Park is Australia's first Dark Sky Park, renowned for its crystal clear starry skies. Learn more about Dark Sky Parks and why they're special.

Starry night sky in Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Colin Whelan

Things to do:

Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk

Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk in Warrumbungle National Park, regarded as one of the best walks in NSW, offers close up views of the park’s iconic rock formations.

The Breadknife and HighTops at sunset, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Copyright Simone Cottrell
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Wide view of Warrumbungles' rocky crags, spires and domes, with Bluff Moutain at centre. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH.