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Historic Water Race walking track

Mullion Range State Conservation Area

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Historic Water Race walking track is in Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Striking scenic water landscapes

The Falls Water Falls, Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Photo: Colin Adams

A prominent feature of the landscape of this reserve is the mix of rocky outcrops and the waters of Summer Hill Creek.

Good as gold

Historic Water Race walking track, Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Explore the past by discovering fascinating remnants of the Mullion's gold mining boom. From 1860 to 1920, intrepid gold mining pioneers created mining sites and a water race that was built by hand to transport water from the creek to the mining areas. 

  • Historic Water Race walking track Historic Water Race walking track, near Orange, is a medium-difficulty walk offering birdwatching and gold mining history as well as swimming and fishing along Summer Hill Creek.
  • The Falls Water Falls The Falls Water Falls, near Summer Hill Creek in Mullion Range State Conservation Area, provide a scenic vista and popular swimming location.

Unique plant and birdlife

Summer Hill Creek, Mullion Range State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

You may spot interesting wildlife here, like eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and wallaroos bounding through open fields. Gliders scurry among the treetops and platypus paddle their way along the creek. Large swathes of vegetation on the flatter areas of Mullion Range State Conservation Area have remained relatively undisturbed, thanks to the area's mining past. This means you can see a number of plant species and communities here that are rarely found elsewhere in central western NSW, including inland scribby gum, red stringybark and river oak. Mullion Range also provides habitat for many unique and interesting species of woodland birds, such as native parrots, including eastern rosellas and crimson rosellas, superb parrots in the springtime, and owls.

  • Fourth Crossing picnic area Fourth Crossing picnic area next to Summer Hill Creek, near Orange, is a great base for exploring gold mining history on walking tracks, swimming or trout fishing.
  • The Falls Water Falls The Falls Water Falls, near Summer Hill Creek in Mullion Range State Conservation Area, provide a scenic vista and popular swimming location.

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