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Fans Horizon walking track

Warrumbungle National Park

Overview

Fans Horizon walking track is a short but steep hike in Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran. Climb from Pincham carpark to the lookout for spectacular views of the Grand High Tops area.

Where
Warrumbungle National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
3.6km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note

Fans Horizon walking track is ideal for bushwalkers pressed for time. This short but challenging hike gives you a taste of the famous volcanic rock spires and domes of Warrumbungle National Park.

Start at Pincham carpark, near Camp Pincham and Warrumbungle Visitor Centre. As the trails winds to the right, it climbs steeply through eucalypt forest. After 1.8km, and over 1000 steps, you’ll reach a lookout atop the exposed sandstone cliffs of Balgatan Mountain.

Take the time to catch your breath as you enjoy some of the park’s most rewarding sights. You’ll have magnificent views of the iconic Breadknife, Belougery Spire and Crater Bluff.

Return the way you came, past sandstone outcrops and natural bushland. Keep an eye out for scurrying lizards at your feet, and crimson rosellas, yellow robins or bronzewings in the canopy.

Spring is the best time to visit to enjoy wildflowers along the track, including flannel flowers, native indigo, blue trumpets and orchids.

If this stunning introduction to the Warrumbungles has you keen for more, relax under the stars at Camp Pincham, Camp Wambelong or Camp Blackman.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Warrumbungle National Park after-fire program

The bushfires that ravaged Warrumbungle National Park in 2013 became the focus of a major research and recovery program by NSW National Parks. The program had multiple components including studies on fire behaviour, cultural heritage, soils and water, native Australian animals, vegetation and fire management, and included citizen science.

Views looking towards the Grand High Tops, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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View from Fan's Horizon lookout, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary