Caloma lookout

Goobang National Park

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Overview

Take a short, easy walk from the carpark to Caloma lookout to get incredible views out over Goobang National Park. It’s a great day trip from Parkes, Dubbo, or Peak Hill.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Goobang National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Caloma lookout is set on one of the highest points in the Wanda Wandong sector of Goobang National Park.

A short 50m stroll leads to the rewarding westerly views. It’s a great place to truly appreciate the diverse range of plant and animal life this incredible park has to offer. From the lookout you can often spot birds of prey, such as wedge-tailed eagles, brown goshawks and brown falcons, soaring across the sky.

Black cypress pines, grevilleas, lomandras and heath line the path to the lookout. There are many tall grass trees in this area too, some of which are believed to be hundreds of years old.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Caloma lookout.

Getting there and parking

Caloma lookout is in the Wanda Wandong sector of Goobang National Park. Once in the park, follow Eastern Boundary trail for 3.2km. At this intersection, continue south onto Pipeclay Creek trail, and travel a further 5.2km. Turn right at the intersection with Sawpit Gully fire trail and then left into Caloma Trig trail and travel 1km to the lookout.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Caloma Trig may be closed following heavy rain.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Limited parking is available at the Caloma lookout carpark.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Goobang National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The temperate climate makes it a good time to bushwalk on several different walking tracks or fire trails. More experienced walkers can explore the park further and head off the beaten track. Clear, crisp autumn skies mean stargazing is at its best from Wanda Wandong campground. .

Spring

Enjoy the wildflowers and flowering shrubs in full, beautiful bloom. Drive up to Caloma lookout for great views of the surrounding farming country with its mosaic of canola, cereals and pasture paddocks .

Summer

Make the most of the free gas barbecues at Wanda Wandong campground to unwind after some active park exploration.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 33°C

Highest recorded

45.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

-6.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

133.9mm

Facilities

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).

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.

Nearby towns

Narromine (46 km)

As well as delicious produce and beautiful flower farms, Narromine is rich in aviation history, claiming the country's oldest regional aero club. With some of the best thermals in the world, it's a great place to watch the planes glide by while delving into Australian aviation's rich past.

www.visitnsw.com

Parkes (48 km)

Even though Elvis Presley died in 1977, his spirit is alive and well in Parkes. The annual Parkes Elvis Festival coincides with the music legend's birthday in January. The five-day event features Elvis concerts, a parade and much more.

www.visitnsw.com

Peak Hill (15 km)

Peak Hill is a peaceful country town with a rich mining history. It's free to visit Peak Hill Open Cut Experience to view the mine over five open cuts, historic mine workings and old mining equipment. Opening times vary depending on the season.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Caloma lookout is in Goobang National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal sites and storylines

Views from Caloma lookout, Goobang National Park. Photo: Amanda Lavender

Wiradjuri (Yuradjurray) people lived mostly on the flats east of Herveys Range escarpment and in the central and southern Curumbenya Range. A large range of sites including open camp sites, stone arrangements, quarry and axe grinding grooves can be seen throughout the park. Scarred trees exist near Wanda Wandong campground. Oral stories have been passed down through generations about the mythological importance of these lands, and many parts of the park have been used for Aboriginal ceremonies. Wanda Wandong Woodland walking track includes several informative signs that give insight into the local Aboriginal culture.

Birds aplenty

Grass trees (Xanthorrhea), Goobang National Park. Amanda Lavender

Birdwatchers will love Goobang. Many unique species can be seen here; parrots, including the eastern rosellas; little lorikeets; red-rumped parrots; and threatened glossy black cockatoos are all regulars. You may spot wedge-tailed eagles and brown falcons soaring overhead from some of the higher vantage points in the park. The heathlands and shrubs also support many small birds, such as wrens, thornbills, warblers, pardalotes, finches and robins.

  • Burrabadine walking track Burrabadine walking track, accessed from Greenbah campground, takes you to the top of Burrabadine Peak for scenic views to the west of Goobang National Park.
  • Caloma lookout Take a short, easy walk from the carpark to Caloma lookout to get incredible views out over Goobang National Park. It’s a great day trip from Parkes, Dubbo, or Peak Hill.

Leaf lovers dream

 Views from Burrabadine Peak, Goobang National Park. Photo: Amanda Lavender

Over 500 plant species have been recorded in the park, making the vegetation in Goobang National Park part of the largest remaining forest woodland complex in the central western slopes of NSW. The park contains an enormous diversity of vegetation types, including several communities and species which require a particular focus on conservation. Expect to see red ironbark, mugga ironbark, black cypress pine, red stringybark, Blakely's red gum, yellow box and grey box, shrubby sheaok, heaths, pink five-corners, wattles, mat rush, tea trees, grevilleas, hopbush, as well as a large diversity of native grasses, herbs and forbs that put on a colourful display in spring.

  • Burrabadine walking track Burrabadine walking track, accessed from Greenbah campground, takes you to the top of Burrabadine Peak for scenic views to the west of Goobang National Park.
  • Caloma lookout Take a short, easy walk from the carpark to Caloma lookout to get incredible views out over Goobang National Park. It’s a great day trip from Parkes, Dubbo, or Peak Hill.

Education resources (1)

Caloma lookout hero, Goobang National Park. Photo: C Davis