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Fourth Crossing picnic area

Mullion Range State Conservation Area

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Fourth Crossing picnic area is in Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient volcanic formations

The Falls Water Falls, Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Photo: Colin Adams

A prominent feature of the landscape are the Bathurst and Orange region's dramatic, distinct, but extinct, volcanic systems, which make for a striking landscape of undulating, at times steeply sloping hills, featuring dramatic rocky outcrops.

Good as gold

Historic Water Race walking track, Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Learn about the past by discovering fascinating remnants of the Mullion's gold mining boom. From 1860 to 1920, intrepid gold mining pioneers created mining sites and a walking track. Visit the disused mines and wander along to the track and imagine how they built these by hand to transport water from the creek to mining areas.

  • Historic Water Race walking track Historic Water Race walking track, near Orange, is a medium-difficulty walk offering birdwatching and gold mining history as well as swimming and fishing at Summer Hill Creek.
  • The Falls Water Falls The Falls Water Falls, near Summer Hill Creek in Mullion Range State Conservation Area, is great for scenic views, bushwalking, picnicking and birdwatching.

Unique plant and birdlife

Summer Hill Creek, Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Whether you're on foot, mountain bike or in a 4WD, you're likely to spot interesting wildlife here. See eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and wallaroos bounding through open fields, gliders scurrying among the treetops, or platypus paddling their way along the creek. Large swathes of vegetation on the flatter areas of Mullion Range State Conservation Area have remained relatively undisturbed, thanks to the area's mining and logging past. This means you can see a number of plant species and communities here that are rarely found elsewhere in central western NSW, including inland scribby gum, red stringybark and river oak. Mullion Range also provides habitat for many unique and interesting species of woodland birds, such as native parrots, including eastern rosella and crimson rosella, superb parrots in the springtime, and owls.

  • Fourth Crossing picnic area Fourth Crossing picnic area next to Summer Hill Creek, near Bathurst, is a great base for exploring gold mining history via walking tracks, or go swimming or trout fishing.
  • The Falls Water Falls The Falls Water Falls, near Summer Hill Creek in Mullion Range State Conservation Area, is great for scenic views, bushwalking, picnicking and birdwatching.

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Mullion Range State Conservation Area hero. Photo: NSW Government