The Towers

The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place

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Overview

The Towers is a 100m stretch of the north-east face of The Rock, open to rock sports and also popular with photographers and birdwatchers who want to view peregrine falcons.

Where
The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Price
Free
Opening times

Though this attraction has no specific opening hours, due to safety reasons it is recommended that rock sports are conducted during daylight hours only.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Climbing and abseiling is only recommended for those with prior experience.
  • The peregrine falcon breeding season is 1 July until 31 December, and The Towers are closed to rock sports during this time.

The Towers, right near The Rock picnic area, offer a thrilling conquest for rock climbers, abseilers, orienteering groups and photographers alike. Located in The Rock Nature Reserve, the north-east cliff face of The Rock, is a challenge to anybody with experience and the necessary equipment.

Peregrine falcons use The Towers as a nesting sight, offering birdwatchers close-up views of these magnificent creatures. Keep an eye out for peregrines on the cliff and observe their telltale whitewash streaks below their perches.

To reach The Towers, follow a 670m narrow walking trail opposite the picnic shelter and look for the register book. The best time to climb is between January and the end of June. Photographers will love the remarkable view over the surrounding countryside.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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 https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/adventure-sports-experiences/the-towers/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Towers.

Getting there and parking

On entering The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place:

  • From the road leading to the reserve, follow the gravel road for approximately 500m.
  • The picnic area is adjacent to the carpark, and a narrow trail opposite the picnic shelter leads to The Towers.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Car and bus parking is available at The Towers.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in The Rock Nature Reserve Kengal Aboriginal Place. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Cooler days after the high heat of summer make this the perfect season to take advantage of the picnic area, stretching out beneath the red gums.

Spring

Spring sees the park bloom with wildflowers, including woolly ragwort, a threatened species native to the area.

Winter

The crisp clear air of winter provides views from the top of The Rock that sometimes stretch all the way to Mount Kosciuszko; this is the best season for walking.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13.9°C and 28.5°C

Highest recorded

43.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

4°C and 13.5°C

Lowest recorded

-4.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

October

Driest month

February

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

87.2mm

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Safety messages

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Rock climbing is only permitted on The Towers, and you'll need to fill in the register book underneath the sign located at the base of The Towers.

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 pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

The Towers is in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Geological significance

View along the range, The Rock Nature Reserve.. Photo: C Killick

The reserve sits on the boundary between two major biophysical regions: the Riverine Plains and the western slopes of the Eastern Highlands. This geographic mix gives the area a terrific diversity of landscapes and animal habitats. The Rock itself, unique in the district, is the result of a pressure uplift of sedimentary materials, and is the highest point of a hogback ridge running north to south (The Rock is at the northern end). The summit stands 364m above the surrounding plains.

  • Aboriginal special places guided tours Join Bundyi Cultural Tours in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, near Wagga Wagga to explore ancient Wiradjuri culture in a beautiful and timeless landscape.
  • The Towers The Towers is a 100m stretch of the north-east face of The Rock, open to rock sports and also popular with photographers and birdwatchers who want to view peregrine falcons.

Living Aboriginal culture: Kengal

View along the range, The Rock Nature Reserve. Photo: C Killick

The dual name of the nature reserve (since 2005) acknowledges a Wiradjuri cultural presence that stretches back many generations. The Rock is also known as Kengal (meaning ‘sloping hill’), a Dreaming place, lookout, and ceremonial site for the Wiradjuri People and their descendants. It was once used for male initiation rituals. Traditional lore has it that Kengal was created by Baiame, the creator who also taught the Wiradjuri People how to make fire and spears. When settlers arrived in the area, stories go, Baiame left his male and female dingo (Mirrigan) companions, who lay in wait for Baiame’s return, forming The Rock.

  • Aboriginal special places guided tours Join Bundyi Cultural Tours in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, near Wagga Wagga to explore ancient Wiradjuri culture in a beautiful and timeless landscape.

'The Hanging Rock’

The Rock lookout, The Rock Nature Reserve. Photo: A Lavender

Charles Sturt first saw The Rock in 1829, though the area wasn’t settled further by Europeans until 1874. They called the remarkable geological feature ‘The Hanging Rock’ because of an overhang on its eastern face. This collapsed in 1874, however, leading to the adoption of its current name – simply, ‘The Rock’. For much of its modern life, the feature has sat on Crown land, and from 1891 its lower slopes were quarried for road base material to provide ballast on a Sydney-Melbourne rail line.

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