Womerah Range trail

Parr State Conservation Area

Overview

Womerah Range trail is a challenging hiking, mountain biking and 4WD route with scenic views through the dramatic sandstone landscape of Parr State Conservation Area.

Where
Parr State Conservation Area
Distance
48km one-way
Time suggested
2 days
Grade
Hard
Bookings

You’ll need a permit and a key to enter this area with a 4WD. A permit costs $100 and applications take around 3 weeks to process. Please call Bulga office to apply for a permit.

Womerah Range trail is closed to 4WDs from 1 October to 31 March each year due to high fire risk.

Please note
  • This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • Drinking water is not available in this park, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.

Explore the rugged and remote landscape of Parr State Conservation Area on foot, by mountain bike or in a 4WD along Womerah Range trail. This steep and sometimes sandy track makes for a challenging experience, especially if you’re cycling. Enjoy scenic views of cliffs, rocky outcrops and dramatic gorges from this ridgeline track though Hawkesbury sandstone country. Stop for a picnic along the way and gaze out upon McDonald Valley and nearby Yengo National Park.

If you’re hiking and want to complete the whole track in two days, why not do a car shuffle and begin at the main entrance off Webbs Creek Road and finish at Parr’s western entrance on Putty Road? Otherwise, you could hike in from either entrance, stay overnight at Heartbreak Hill campground then retrace your steps the next day. There are plenty of possibilities.

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/cycling-trails/womerah-range-trail/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Womerah Range trail.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Womerah Range trail is in the northern precinct of Parr State Conservation Area. To get there:

    • From Wisemans Ferry, take the Webbs Creek Ferry and turn right on the other side
    • Follow St Albans Road for approximately 5km
    • Turn left in to Webbs Creek Road and continue for approximately 250m up the hill
    • Womerah Range trail begins at the crest on the right hand side

    Alternatively, if beginning from Putty Road:

    • From Colo Heights, follow Putty Road north
    • After approximately 25km look for the Womerah Range trail on the right

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Webbs Creek Road and Putty Road entrances.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Parr State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Cooler temperatures make for great hiking and cycling conditions.

    Spring

    The milder temperatures make this an ideal time for hiking and, as though purely for your viewing pleasure, wildflowers decorate the surrounding bushland.

    Winter

    For the adventurous, this is a great time of year to tackle an epic mountain bike ride on Womerah Range trail.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 26.5°C

    Highest recorded

    50°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6.6°C and 16.6°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    September

    Driest month

    March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    230mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these cycling safety tips.

    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).

    Permitted

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Visitors are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Gosford (35 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Hawkesbury area (21 km)

    Explore the beautiful Hawkesbury River with Australia's Last River Boat Postman, or sample fresh oysters at a casual riverside cafe. Start your Hawkesbury adventure with a seaplane flight from Sydney to a local restaurant by the river.

    www.sydney.com

    Parramatta (38 km)

    Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    www.sydney.com

    Learn more

    Womerah Range trail is in Parr State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Extraordinary plants

    Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

    Parr contains an unusual mix of plant species which are not only different from those growing further north in Yengo National Park, but are normally found in completely different parts of NSW. Vegetation ranges from open woodlands along the dry ridges to communities of open forest and tall open forest, heathlands, mallee and sedgelands. Flowering plants typically found in Parr include grey spider, flannel, eriostemon, and mountain devil.

    • Womerah Range trail Womerah Range trail is a challenging hiking, mountain biking and 4WD route with scenic views through the dramatic sandstone landscape of Parr State Conservation Area.

    Convict trail

    Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

    This area was named after William Parr, who was one of the earliest European explorers of overland northern routes out of Sydney. A draughtsman, boat builder and mineralogist, Parr was transported on the Fortune in 1813 at the age of 39, having been convicted of forgery. Despite a 14-year sentence, Governor Macquarie quickly made use of his skills and soon assigned him to the Surveyor General’s department as a mineral surveyor. In October 1817, Parr and his party set off from Windsor to find a trafficable route from the Hawkesbury to Hunter River, but did not quite reach Hunter Valley. Early European transport routes between Sydney and Hunter Valley are evident within Parr State Conservation Area, with remnants of Putty Road/Old Bulga Road. Today, Parr conserves Webb Creek catchment.

    In the beginning

    View from Womerah Range, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis

    It was probably around 13,000 years ago that Aboriginal people first moved into this area. Until European settlement, these people lived off and nurtured the land and a large number of Aboriginal sites have been recorded within Parr. Mount Yengo (originally Yango), in adjoining Yengo National Park, is of particular significance; it was the place from which Biamie left the earth after creating the world, flattening the top with his foot as he went. Many sites within Parr, Yengo and the surrounding regions are closely connected with this mountain. Today, the local Aboriginal community retains a strong and active interest in the management of these sites and the landscape, along with a desire to preserve, as well as revive, Aboriginal culture.

    Education resources (1)

    Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government