Mount Talowla lookout
Toorale State Conservation Area
For vast floodplain views to Mount Gunderbooka, check out Mount Talowla lookout, also known as Withawitha Iaana, in Toorale State Conservation Area, near Bourke.
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
- Please note
- The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
- Please respect the wishes of Kurnu-Baakandji People by protecting the natural and cultural features of the park.
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
Mount Talowla lookout has sweeping 360-degree views across Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area, and beyond. This site is known by local Kurnu-Baakandji People as Withawitha Iaana. This exceptional vantage point provides intrepid travellers and first-time visitors with a great introduction to the vast outback landscape of north-west NSW, near Bourke.
The lookout offers a great spot for birdwatching, so be sure to bring along your binoculars for a chance to see wedge-tailed eagles soaring above. In spring, the fluffy yellow heads of foxtail flowers peep above the drying grass tussocks.
At the summit, dotted mulga trees show off their yellow flowers in winter months. Gaze across to Dunlop Range in the south and Mount Gunderbooka in the east, as well as the seemingly never-ending western floodplains. Lines of trees in the distance indicate the path of ephemeral waterways.
Toorale Homestead walk is in the Toorale Homestead precinct of Toorale National Park, near Bourke. Enjoy a short stroll around the heritage-listed homestead and its historic buildings.
Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is a must-see for outback travellers near Bourke. Built on the lands of the Kurnu-Baakandji People, Toorale Station was once part of the world’s largest sheep station.
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-talowla-lookout/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
All the practical information you need to know about Mount Talowla lookout.
Getting there and parking
- Travel 10.5km north from Bourke on Hungerford Road
- Continue for 21.5km and turn left at the sign to Louth, onto the unsealed section of Toorale Road (Rural Local Road 10).
- Drive for 38km and, after crossing a stock grid, you’ll see a Toorale entrance sign.
- Continue for a further 24km to the turn-off to the carpark at Mount Talowla
- Travel 30km on the unsealed section of Toorale Road (Rural Local Road 10) towards Bourke.
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mount Talowla lookout can become impassable when it rains.
- Unsealed roads
- All roads require 4WD vehicle
- Dry weather only
Parking is available for eight cars and a bus at the Mount Talowla lookout carpark.
- Non-flush toilets