Womerah Range trail
Parr State Conservation Area
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.
- Parr State Conservation Area
- 48km one-way
- Time suggested
- 2 days
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 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
- in Parr State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds region
Parr State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Womerah Range trail.
Getting there and parking
Get driving 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 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.
Cooler temperatures make for great hiking and cycling conditions.
The milder temperatures make this an ideal time for hiking and, as though purely for your viewing pleasure, wildflowers decorate the surrounding bushland.
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
16°C and 26.5°C
6.6°C and 16.6°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
Visitors are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
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Womerah Range trail is in Parr State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
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.
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
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.