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Fans Horizon walking track

Warrumbungle National Park

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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.

No wheelchair access
3.6km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade 3
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
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

Also see

  • Sweeping view of volcanic peaks and spires from Fans Horizon lookout on Balgatan Mountain, in Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Leah Pippos © DPIE

    Fans Horizon lookout

    Fans Horizon lookout is in Warrumbungle National Park, at the end of Fans Horizon walking track. This exposed lookout offers magnificent views of iconic Warrumbungles spires and domes.


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Conservation program:

Warrumbungle National Park after-fire program

The 2013 bushfires were the largest and most intense on record for Warrumbungle National Park. Almost 90 per cent of the park was burnt, but conservation programs and research have helped us better understand the impact of fire and how the park has recovered.

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

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