Mount Nangar lookout

Nangar National Park

Overview

Go bushwalking, or 4WD, to Mount Nangar lookout for scenic views of the surrounding country and to enjoy great birdwatching, close to Orange and Forbes.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Nangar National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

As well as giving you terrific scenic views across the farming country of central west New South Wales, spending time at Mount Nangar lookout offers a sense of the importance of this conserved area of bushland. The wooded hills and ridge make a dramatic contrast with the endless fields and provide an important refuge for the resident kangaroos, wallabies, bats and birdlife.

You can take Mount Nangar hiking track down to Dripping Rock from the lookout, through valleys of mugga ironbark and red stringybark woodlands. In spring, you’ll see a variety of delicate wildflowers and while birdwatching, you may catch sight of peregrine or brown falcons and wedge-tailed eagles soaring above the ridge line. Bring your camera – the scenery is varied and the views dramatic.

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/lookouts/mount-nangar-lookout/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Nangar lookout.

Getting there and parking

From Terrara Creek camping and picnic area:

  • Travel east towards Dripping Rock, after which the road requires a 4WD.
  • 250m beyond Dripping Rock carpark, you’ll reach the eastern intersection of Terarra Creek fire trail and Dripping Rock Bypass Road.
  • Continue along Terarra Creek fire trail for 3km 
  • Turn left onto Goanna fire trail and continue for 2km
  • Turn left onto Nangar fire trail, which will take you to the summit.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mount Nangar lookout may be closed following heavy rain.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Limited parking is available near the lookout at the end of the Nangar fire trail.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

As the days cool down, it's perfect weather for taking some of the longer walks along the walking tracks and fire trails.

Spring

Bushwalkers will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and flowering shrubs.

Winter

Build a cosy campfire at Terarra Creek camping and picnic area and spend a cool, clear night gazing at the stars.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 33°C

Highest recorded

43.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

2°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

–6.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

129.5mm

Facilities

Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

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

Canowindra (20 km)

In the red countryside of Canowindra, you can travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum, where you'll encounter thousands of fossilised freshwater fish.

www.visitnsw.com

Cowra (45 km)

Cowra is gaining a reputation as a wine-producing region and source of specialty products. You'll find plenty of cellar doors where you can sample award-winning local wines from golden chardonnay to soft, ripe reds.

www.visitnsw.com

Parkes (45 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.

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Learn more

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

A refuge for wildlife

 Bottlebrush (Callistemon), Nangar National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

Amid the extensive farmlands of the central west, Nangar is home to many sedentary and migratory birds and local native animals. Among many bird species are several birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon, wedge-tailed eagle and brown falcon, which use the cliff face along the northern boundary for nesting and perching. The park is also home to the eastern grey kangaroo, common wallaroo, red-necked wallaby, swamp wallaby, little mastiff-bat and chocolate wattled bat. You may also spot the southern rainbow skink, eastern long-necked tortoise and spotted grass frog.

  • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
  • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

An ever-changing landscape

Dripping Rock, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

Ranging from the undulating hills in the south of the park to the long cliff line of red siltstone on the northern boundary - and the 770m-high Mount Nangar - the park offers a great variety of landscapes and views. Terarra Creek valley is open with wide creek flats and gentle slopes and the upper tributaries of Mogong Creek contains several natural springs. You'll see from the high vantage points of the park that the valley floor and more accessible lower slopes have been cleared by grazing and logging. Old growth forest is found in the steeper areas, but under national park protection, the park's vegetation communities will grow ever stronger.

  • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
  • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

Historic treasure

Dripping Rock shearing shed, Nangar National Park. Photo: OEH

Gold was discovered around Eugowra in the 1860s, drawing miners and bushrangers, including the Gardener and Ben Hall gangs who roamed the area that the park now covers. Chinese miners lived here in the early 1900s, prospecting for copper. Historical remains in the park include remnants of gardens and orchards of Dripping Rock homestead, lost to fire in recent years, and its piggery, ruined hay shed and yards.

Wiradjuri country

Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

A vast area of the central west of New South Wales, including Nangar National Park, is Wiradjuri country. Evidence suggests that Nangar Range has been an important landmark in Aboriginal culture and that the surrounding area was occupied for long periods. Places of significance include archaeological sites containing artefacts, stone scatters, quarries and scar trees.

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Mount Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: K Edwards/NSW Government