Junior ranger: Towarri National Park

Towarri National Park

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Overview

Join us for a Junior ranger adventure these school holidays. We'll walk along the banks of Middle Brook to Washpools waterhole, just 25km from Scone.

When

Tuesday 4 October 2022, 10am to 12pm.

Wednesday 11 January, Wednesday 19 April and Tuesday 11 July 2023, 10am to 12pm.

Where
Washpools picnic area and viewing platform, Towarri National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for adults and children 5 years and over. There is a 3km return walk along a river bank on uneven tracks.
Price

Child $15 per person (5 to 16 years). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults free.

Meeting point
Washpools picnic area and viewing platform
Bookings
Bookings essential. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Join a NPWS ranger to find out what plants and animals live here and how they survive in this magical park. Washpools, a natural waterhole, is a great place to search for evidence of animals that live there.

Understand the important role of workers in a national park, and how you can help to conserve and protect these special places. Discover what role our future environmental leaders can play in preserving these important places into the future.

Rockpool areas can be slippery. Wear enclosed non-slip shoes and be prepared to get them a little wet.

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/guided-tours/junior-ranger-towarri-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Junior ranger: Towarri National Park.

Getting there and parking

On entering Towarri National Park:

  • Drive along Middlebrook Road and park at Washpools picnic area
  • The viewing platform is a short walk from the picnic area

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Free parking available at Washpools picnic area and viewing platform.

Maps and downloads

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

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Junior ranger: Towarri National Park is in Towarri National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Fabulous flowers and creatures of flight

A pair of glossy-black cockatoos on tree branch. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Towarri is inhabited by a range of birds and animals, many with a particularly distinctive call, appearance or ability that appears in their name. The powerful owl is as strong as it sounds, hunting and feeding on medium-sized mammals and marsupials including gliders, possums and wallabies. The glossy-black cockatoo is as self-explanatory as the red-tailed and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. The greater glider spreads itself out like a sheet of paper to change trees. The Liverpool Range sees the blending of many plant species. Towarri National Park is home to about 650 species. From the cassuarina forests along the creeklines to the majestic snow gum on the ridgeline, that are capped with snow on occasion. The miltant grass trees stand on the hills amongst the serene poa grasslands. The gully lines off the falls of sandstone play host to dry rainforest pockets providing habitat to many fauna species. The unique area is a floristic wonderland with many species at the edge of the range.

  • Junior ranger: Towarri National Park Join us for a Junior ranger adventure these school holidays. We'll walk along the banks of Middle Brook to Washpools waterhole, just 25km from Scone.
  • Washpools picnic area and viewing platform Set beside the tranquil Middle Brook, Washpools picnic area and nearby scenic lookout are ideal for spending a relaxing day of swimming and barbecues with friends and family.
  • Washpools waterhole Only 500m along Middle Brook from Washpools picnic area and viewing platform is the shallow, naturally formed Washpools waterhole — great for a dip on a hot day. 

Snow gums and spinifex

Farm land and distant mountains, Towarri National Park. Photo: Brent Mail

Three distinct bioregions meet in Towarri: the Sydney Basin, the Brigalow Belt South and North Coast. This means that the soil type, fertility and depth differ throughout the park. Throw in a variation in rainfall, elevation and geological features and the result is a mosaic of plant communities. Snow gums decorate the skyline above a snowgrass understorey on the high plateau areas of Mount Tinagroo and Bald Hill.

  • Junior ranger: Towarri National Park Join us for a Junior ranger adventure these school holidays. We'll walk along the banks of Middle Brook to Washpools waterhole, just 25km from Scone.
  • Washpools picnic area and viewing platform Set beside the tranquil Middle Brook, Washpools picnic area and nearby scenic lookout are ideal for spending a relaxing day of swimming and barbecues with friends and family.
  • Washpools waterhole Only 500m along Middle Brook from Washpools picnic area and viewing platform is the shallow, naturally formed Washpools waterhole — great for a dip on a hot day. 

The first people

Mountains in Towarri National Park. Photo: Brent Mail

The Wonnarua people were the first inhabitants of the Hunter Valley, which was known as Coquun before European settlement. Their name, ‘Wonnarua’, means ‘people of the hills and plains’, and their traditional lands reach from near Maitland in the Upper Hunter to the Great Dividing Range towards Wollombi. Their history in the area is shared with nearby groups such as Worimi to the northeast and Awakakal to the southeast. Towarri means ‘warrior’ in the language of the Wonnarua, and these people fought hard for their land after European settlement.

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