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Summit lookout

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area

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Summit lookout in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is the highest peak in central-west NSW and offers stunning views. Just 18km from Orange and easy to get to, it’s ideal for a quick trip.

What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, raincoat, hat, suitable clothing, clothes for all weather conditions, first aid kit, sunscreen, snacks
Please note

The Orange Visitor Information Centre is a good place to pick up maps of attractions in the area.

Summit lookout is a significant place for the Wiradjuri People, whose Elders say they can feel the spirits on top of the mountain. While you’re here, take in the Aboriginal artwork inset into the ground, and absorb this area’s importance in Aboriginal culture.

At nearly 1.4km above sea level, Summit lookout is the highest peak in central-west NSW. As you head up to it, take the time to enjoy the journey and admire your surroundings. And when you reach the top, you’ll find panoramic views of the park and beyond, including farmlands, vineyards and far off mountains.

Summit lookout is accessible, ensuring that everyone can enjoy these incredible views. It’s a great place for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The area is a haven for threatened wildlife and unique sub-alpine animals, plants and fungi, including endangered lichens. Look out for magpies and peregrine falcons flying through the Canobolas candlebark, as well as kangaroos, wallabies and the vivid yellow planarian worm. At night the area comes alive with rare species of gliders and bats.

Spring is a good time to visit, when you can see threatened birds like pied honeyeaters and Gilberts whistlers. In spring and autumn, keep an eye out for the orchids that come into bloom. And in summer, the peak provides some cool relief.

Bushwalkers can reach the lookout easily via Summits walking track. And cyclists and ultra-marathon runners can build their fitness on their way up to the lookout.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Summits walking track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Boris Hlavica

    Summits walking track

    Summits walking track joins the two of the peaks within Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Walk it as a short walk or longer day walk, enjoying scenic views and birdwatching.

  • The Walls lookout, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Mark Bleechmore © DPE

    The Walls lookout

    The Walls lookout is in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area and connects to Nature walking track. It’s a great spot to see the view over the eastern reach of the park and Orange in the distance.

  • Federal Falls waterfall in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo credit: Steve Woodhall

    Federal Falls walking track

    Take the challenging walk to Federal Falls near Orange. Keep your eyes out for birds and butterflies along the way and be rewarded with waterfall views at the end.

  • Mount Towac walking track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Debby McGerty © OEH

    Mount Towac walking track

    This short walk will take you to Towac Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area and the scenic countryside of Orange.


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