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Goulds Circuit walking track

Warrumbungle National Park

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Overview

Goulds Circuit walking track is a wonderful way for day trippers and overnight campers to capture sweeping views of Warrumbungle National Park’s volcanic features.

Where
Warrumbungle National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
8km loop
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, first aid kit, hat, sunscreen, raincoat, snacks
Please note
  • The Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Centre is a great place to pick up maps and get advice about walking tracks.
  • Take care if you make the near-vertical rock scramble to the summit of Macha Tor. Macha Tor is only recommended for experienced hikers and climbers.

Start at Pincham carpark and follow Spirey Creek as you immerse yourself in the peaceful sights and sounds of dry woodland. Keep an eye out for colourful king parrots and crimson rosellas flying between the trees.

After about 1.8km, take the Goulds Circuit track turnoff. The trail is rougher and hillier from here, but soon rewards you with fabulous views. You may see red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies along this track, especially during the early morning and late afternoon.

Scramble up the Febar Tor rocky outcrop for sweeping views of Belougery Spire, the Breadknife and Bluff Mountain. Save some energy to tackle the second viewpoint, Macha Tor. This near-vertical scramble offers some of the Grand High Tops’ best views. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch as you gaze out over the Breadknife and Crater Bluff.

When you’re ready to come down, continue along the track to link back up with the main trail. From here it’s just 2.8km back to the carpark.

Keen to pack in another Warrumbungles walk that’s short on distance but long on views? Try Fans Horizon walking track. Fit, experienced hikers with more time on their hands will enjoy the iconic Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk, with optional Bluff Mountain summit.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Along this track

  • Panorama of rugged mountain peaks and domes in Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: May Fleming © May Fleming

    Macha Tor

    Macha Tor is in Warrumbungle National Park, on Goulds Circuit walking track. For experienced hikers and climbers only, the climb up this steep rocky outcrop offers panoramic views of the Grand High Tops.

  • View past flowering shrubs to volcanic ridges and peaks in Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Leah Pippos © DPIE

    Febar Tor

    Febar Tor is in Warrumbungle National Park, along Goulds Circuit walking track. Scramble up this rocky outcrop for panoramic views of Grand High Tops spires, peaks and outcrops.

 

Swamp wallaby

The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Things to do:

Coonabarabran - Baradine - Warrumbungle drive

Explore the spectacular landscapes, historic towns, picnic spots and walks of the Warrumbungles and Pilliga, near Coonabarabran and Baradine, in NSW.

Baradine car touring route, Coonabarabran. Photo: Rob Cleary.

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