Lees Pinch lookout walking track

Goulburn River National Park

Overview

The easy walk along Lees Pinch lookout walking track offers spectacular views across the south and east of Goulburn River National Park, and is perfect for birdwatching.

Where
Goulburn River National Park
Distance
1km loop
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • There are unfenced cliff edges along this walk, take care.

If you don’t have a lot of time to explore Goulburn River National Park, this easy walking track takes you through Lees Pinch lookout and is a simple option with rewarding scenic views over this outstanding national park.

Relax while absorbing the stunning and rugged terrain that lies below. Three different viewing areas offer scenic views of the lush forest and Goulburn River flowing through a sandstone gorge; this place is a gem.

The kids will love it, too. Lots of animals that can be seen here, like wallabies and wombats. And while you’re enjoying a sandwich, look up to catch a glimpse of birds of prey which soar through the sky near the lookouts.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/lees-pinch-lookout-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Lees Pinch lookout walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    30min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    1km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Lees Pinch lookout walking track is in the Goulburn River National Park. To get there:

    • Follow Ringwood Road, about 20km east of Wollar.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at the start of Lees Pinch lookout walking track.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Goulburn River National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Is there anything more relaxing than sitting around the campfire with family and friends? Autumn is a great time of year to visit Spring Gully campground.

    Spring

    With the many natives blooming – callistemons, acacias and eucalypts among them – this is the best time to observe the plant and wildlife the park attracts.

    Summer

    With the temperatures at their warmest, head to the river for swimming and liloing.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 30°C

    Highest recorded

    40.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    3°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    –6.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    May

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    186.7mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    There are unfenced cliff edges along this walk, take care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Gulgong (40 km)

    Founded in the heady days of the Australian gold rush, Gulgong has approximately 130 buildings with National Trust classification. Take a self-guided walking tour of the town's historic sites.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Merriwa (4 km)

    Merriwa is a unique and friendly rural town nestled in the Upper Hunter Valley. Situated on the Golden Highway, Merriwa is the ideal place for a stopover, as it is centrally located. In just two hours you can reach Mudgee, Dubbo, Newcastle and Tamworth.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Rylstone (6 km)

    Rylstone is a pretty village with many heritage-listed stone buildings, including the magnificent post and telecommunications office, the police station, the courthouse and the shire hall. Boutiques and markets offer arts, crafts and other treasures.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Lees Pinch lookout walking track is in Goulburn River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal echoes

    Views over the valley, Goulburn River National. Photo: Shane Ruming

    For many thousands of years before European settlement, the river valley that runs through Goulburn River National Park was an important trading route between the Aboriginal people who resided on the coast, and those who lived on the western plains. The area was traditionally occupied by the people of the Wiradjuri, Gamileroi and Wonnarua Clans, and today more than 300 known Aboriginal sites remain within the park, mainly along the river.

    • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

    Action aplenty

    Camping in Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

    Along the Goulburn River, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you busy. The river is usually shallow but offers natural pools that are suitable for swimming. After rain, its gentle flow makes canoeing and liloing possible. There are lots of walking opportunities in Goulburn River National Park, like Lees Pinch lookout track or the marked fire trails, which can be explored on foot or on a mountain bike.

    • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

    Forest landscape

    Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

    The park, covering over 70,000ha, was established in 1983 following the decision that the land was precious, both environmentally and culturally, especially for the traditional Aboriginal owners. Visiting the park today, you'll admire the sheer magnificence of Goulburn River National Park, due to its preservation as a forest landscape, much of which is surrounded by pastoral land.

    • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
    • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.
    • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

    Wild about the park

    Views from Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

    With its location along the river, surrounded by rural holdings, Goulburn River is rich in plant and wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos are often seen grazing on the riverbanks. A rich variety of plant life - eucalypts, river oak, grevilleas and callistemon (more commonly called bottlebrush) - provides habitats for many birds, including glossy black cockatoos and lyrebirds.

    • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
    • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

    Education resources (1)

    Lees Pinch lookout walking track, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin/NSW Government