Bluff Mountain walking track
Warrumbungle National Park
Bluff Mountain walking track rewards experienced, fit bushwalkers with Warrumbungle National Park’s best views. This very long and challenging steep hike climbs past spectacular rock spires and domes—up to the summit of Bluff Mountain.
- Warrumbungle National Park
- No wheelchair access
- 17km loop
- Time suggested
- 7 - 8hrs
- Grade 4
- Trip Intention Form
It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.
- Personal Locator Beacon
Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at Warrumbungle Visitor Centre.
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, sturdy shoes, topographic map, hat, sunscreen, snacks, suitable clothing
- Please note
- Bluff Mountain walking track is very long with steep sections and some loose rock. You’ll need a high level of fitness.
- This challenging hike suits walkers with a sense of adventure who like to tackle steep and technical terrain
- Bring at least 2L of water and some snacks with you on this strenuous hike. Drinking water is not available and water is scarce in this park.
- To break up the walk you can camp overnight at Balor Hut or Dows campgrounds which are located along this route.
- Visit Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Centre before you set out to register your name for the walk, pick up a free trail map and get detailed route information and advice.
A must for adventurous bushwalkers, Bluff Mountain walking track follows the same route as Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk but this hike takes you to the top of Bluff Mountain. It offers unrivalled views of the Warrumbungles’ ancient volcanic landscape as you climb from remnant ancient rainforest to windswept mountain heath.
You’ll start and end at Pincham carpark. From the carpark, walk Pincham trail, which follows Spirey Creek. Once you pass the Spirey View lookout, the steep climbing soon rewards you with views of the spectacular Breadknife and Belougery Spire. Near Balor Hut campground, take Grand High Tops trail to its summit for more outstanding views of the famous Breadknife. Or take Dagda Shortcut if your goal is to reach Bluff Mountain faster.
Pause at Dows Camp to gaze at Bluff Mountain’s imposing cliff face before you head for its summit. Straight at first, the summit trail zig zags and become less distinct as you climb over rocky outcrops, passing stunted trees and groves of big grass trees. Don’t forget to look up to see birds of prey riding air currents above the cliff face.
At the rocky summit of Bluff Mountain, settle down for a well deserved lunch and spectacular views of Mount Exmouth, Tonduron Spire and Mount Naman’s thick lava flows. Enjoy the park’s only views of Bluff Pyramid and the vast western plains.
When you’re ready to leave its lofty heights, climb back down to the main track. Head past Ogma Gap campground then follow West Spirey Creek track back to Pincham carpark.
Bluff Mountain lookout is in Warrumbungle National Park, at the end of Bluff Mountain walking track. At the summit of Bluff Mountain, this lookout rewards adventurous bushwalkers with remarkable views.
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Camp Pincham offers rustic walk-in camping with scenic views, walking, wildlife and wildflowers in Warrumbungles National Park, near Coonabarabran.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Warrumbungle NP Visitor Information Centre
- 9am to 4pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 6825 4364
- 4261 John Renshaw Parkway, Warrumbungle NSW 2828
- in Warrumbungle National Park in the Country NSW region
Warrumbungle National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day.Buy annual pass