Mount Grenfell art site walk

Mount Grenfell Historic Site

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From the picnic area, it’s a short easy stroll along Mount Grenfell art site walk to view Aboriginal rock art, which continues to be deeply significant to Ngiyampaa People.

3km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade 3
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

On the rocky overhangs of Mount Grenfell art site walk are human figures, animals, medicine, waterways, land, and Dreaming stories depicted in red, yellow, and ochre pigment, applied with a finger or brush. Ochres come from naturally tinted clay and are some of the earliest pigments used by humans. You’ll also see stencils created by blowing a mouthful of pigment over a hand held against the rock face.

It’s only a short, easy walk to view three galleries of this spectacular Aboriginal rock art, which have been layered upon each other over time. The site holds particular significance for Ngiyampaa People, who are traditional owners of this land. 

Take your time on this walking route past mallee and cypress pines. Sit and listen to birdcalls, and imagine people gathering here at this meeting place from the surrounding area to talk, laugh, argue, pass on knowledge, record information and take part in ceremonies.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Track grading

Features of this track


3km return


1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


Short steep hills


Occasional steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles: The walk begins as a 4m-wide 2WD trail and becomes a 1m-wide hard-packed ground walking track roughly 280m along.

Getting there and parking

On entering Mount Grenfell Historic Site:

  • From the picnic area, walk past the locked gate and continue up the road towards the hill.
  • Look for a green sign showing the way to the walking track
  • Follow the stone path to the three art sites

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mount Grenfell Historic Site can become boggy when it rains.


There's parking in a gravel carpark at the start of the walk. Bus parking is available.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Grenfell Historic Site. Here are some of the highlights.


White mallee flowers are blooming and birdwatching is at its best during this season.


This is ideal weather for hiking Ngiyambaa walking track.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


20°C and 33°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


5.5°C and 16.5°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.


There are accessible toilets at the picnic area where this walk begins.

There are also toilets at the rest area roughly halfway along the track. These toilets are not accessible or ambulant.

Picnic tables

There are picnic tables at the picnic area where this walk begins. There's also a picnic table at the rest area around halfway along the walk.

Seats and resting points

There are benches with backrests in shaded areas for resting.

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Safety messages

This park is in a remote location, so please be well-prepared and tell a family member or friend about your travel plans.

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.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.


Disability access level - medium

  • Mount Grenfell art site walk begins as a 4m-wide hard-packed ground 2WD trail, and narrows to a 1m-wide hard-packed ground walking track after roughly 280m.
  • There's a rest area mid-way along the walk with picnic tables and toilets, but the toilets are not accessible or ambulant.
  • There are other toilets which are accessible at the start of the walk, along with picnic tables and bench seats for resting.



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Mount Grenfell art site walk is in Mount Grenfell Historic Site. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Living off the land

Mutawintji National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Emus and kangaroos inhabit Mount Grenfell and, on warmer days, you’re likely to see bearded dragons, shinglebacks and geckos. Keep a careful eye out too for endangered kultarr (also known as jerboa pouched-mouse, wuhl-wuhl or pitchi-pitchi), which can best be described as a mouse that hops. While you’re looking down for a pitchi-pitchi, you may also see a red-capped robin rifling through the leaf litter. This bird is often part of a mixed species feeding flock with other similarly sized birds such as thornbills, which also inhabit the park.

Making a scene

Mount Grenfell Historic Site. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

At Mount Grenfell, art featuring all facets of Aboriginal life covers rocky overhangs surrounding the park’s waterhole. Many are linear paintings done by applying wet pigment with a fingertip or natural brush. Others are hand stencils. In some places, ochre and white pipeclay have been applied thickly and left to dry. More recent paintings have been superimposed over older ones. There are stick figures, human figures, images of birds and animals, medicine, food, the landscape and dreaming stories. This art remains deeply significant to Ngiyampaa people.

Ngiyampaa: Past, present and future

Ngiyambaa walking track, Mount Grenfell Historic Site. Photo: J Hore

The Ngiyampaa (pronounced nee-yam-par) are dryland people associated with the arid plains and rocky hill country of Central West NSW bordered roughly by Lachlan, Darling-Barwon and Bogan Rivers. The semi-permanent waterhole at Mount Grenfell was an important meeting place for generation after generation of this Aboriginal group. Following European settlement, however, Ngiyampaa people were moved to stations northwest of Wiradjuri country and in the 1930s, many were relocated again to Murrin Bridge near Lake Cargelligo. On 17 July 2004, Mount Grenfell was handed back to traditional owners and is now jointly managed with NSW NPWS. Ngiyampaa people maintain strong connections with this area and continue to pass on cultural knowledge.

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