Fourth Crossing picnic area

Mullion Range State Conservation Area

Overview

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.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Mullion Range State Conservation Area
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free

Grab one of the convenient picnic tables at the tranquil Fourth Crossing picnic area and settle in for a lazy, relaxing lunch.

This lovely, wide-open picnic area alongside Summer Hill Creek is well-maintained, and you’ll be surrounded by an interesting variety of plants and animals while you eat, including brittle gum and apple box trees.

The creek itself is an excellent fishing spot for trout and other native species. Head out along nearby Historic Water Race walking track to learn more about the area’s gold mining heritage.

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/picnic-areas/fourth-crossing-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Fourth Crossing picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Fourth Crossing picnic area is in the Mullion Range State Conservation Area. To get there, travel north-east from Orange along (sealed) Ophir Road 19km to the picnic area.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Fourth Crossing picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you at Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The cooler months are a great time for enjoying bushwalks, birdwatching and 4WD touring in the area.

Spring

Relax and dine al fresco surrounded by blooming wildflowers at Fourth Crossing picnic area.

Summer

Cool off with a splash in the creek or go trout fishing when the weather gets steamy.

Winter

The Falls Water Falls is particularly striking when there are high levels of water in Summer Hill Creek following heavy rainfall.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

38.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

2°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

-5.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

August

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

98.6mm

Facilities

Amenities

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible.

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

Hill End (26 km)

In 1851, gold was discovered at Hill End, and by 1872, at the height of the great gold rush, the town was the largest inland settlement in NSW. With its museum displays and many preserved buildings, Hill End offers fascinating insight into the 19th-century gold rush.

www.visitnsw.com

Molong (33 km)

Follow the heritage walking tour of Molong in Country NSW to see the many fine 19th-century buildings. Wander through craft shops or art galleries and visit nearby historic villages such as Yeoval, Cumnock and Cudal.

www.visitnsw.com

Orange (15 km)

The bustling city of Orange, with its many cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities, has something for everyone, plus there's a huge range of places to stay. The real highlight is the town's food and wine, so bring your thirst and your appetite.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

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.

Education resources (1)

Mullion Range State Conservation Area hero. Photo: NSW Government