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Historic Water Race walking track

Mullion Range State Conservation Area

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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.

2.6km loop
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade 4
Please note
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

Historic Water Race walking track is a living legacy of Australia’s early and intriguing gold mining history. Intrepid gold miners made the track by hand in the 1860s, and today you can still see how water was captured and directed from Summer Hill Creek down to the mining areas. See the precision of construction; the miners painstakingly hand-cut rocks in order to create accurate contour levels.

When you’re not experiencing this gold mining heritage, cool off with a swim, or go fishing in the waterhole at the bottom of nearby The Falls Water Falls. Summer Hill Creek also offers some spectacular scenic views. Because you’ll be starting this track at Fourth Crossing picnic area, you can enjoy a picnic before or after your journey of discovery.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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