Mount Murga walking track

Nangar National Park

Overview

Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.

Where
Nangar National Park
Distance
8km return
Time suggested
5 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Summer is generally too hot for bushwalking in this park.

If you’re reasonably fit, why not take on Mount Murga walking track? It’s a varied and attractive walk up the side of Mount Murga and along the ridgeline to the plateau and lookout at the top. From here, you can see the extensive open farmland lying to the north of the park.

Follow an old bulldozer track up the hill through red stringybark and scribbly gum woodland, and in spring or early summer, keep your eyes open for flowering orchids, such as spotted doubletail or midget greenhood. A real treat may await you at the summit, where wattles and goodenia light up the surrounds with bright yellow hues.

Wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and many bird species can be seen in the surrounding vegetation. Listen out for animals – even if you don’t see them, you may hear a kangaroo as it hops away or birds calling in the treetops or shrubs.

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/mount-murga-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Murga walking track.

Track grading

Grade 5

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

    5 - 6hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    8km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough unformed track

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    To get to Mount Murga walking track:

    • Take Escort Way 10km from Eugowra or 70km from Orange
    • The park entrance sign is at the intersection with Dripping Rock Road
    • Turn south here and travel 2.5km along Dripping Rock Road, where you’ll cross a cattle grid into the park.
    • Continue along this trail for another 3.5km to reach Mount Murga walking track.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Terarra Creek camping and picnic area may be closed following heavy rain.

    Parking

    Parking is limited - there's only room for two vehicles opposite the trackhead. Alternatively, parking is available at Terarra Creek camping and picnic area 1km further along the trail.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    As the days cool down, it's perfect weather for taking some of the longer walks along the walking tracks and fire trails.

    Spring

    Bushwalkers will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and flowering shrubs.

    Winter

    Build a cosy campfire at Terarra Creek camping and picnic area and spend a cool, clear night gazing at the stars.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    13°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    43.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    –6.9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    April

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    129.5mm

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area, so remember to bring your own supply.

    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.

    The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

    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

    Canowindra (19 km)

    In the red countryside of Canowindra, you can travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum, where you'll encounter thousands of fossilised freshwater fish.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Molong (46 km)

    Follow the heritage walking tour of Molong in Country NSW to see the many fine 19th-century buildings. Wander through craft shops or art galleries and visit nearby historic villages such as Yeoval, Cumnock and Cudal.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Parkes (44 km)

    Even though Elvis Presley died in 1977, his spirit is alive and well in Parkes. The annual Parkes Elvis Festival coincides with the music legend's birthday in January. The five-day event features Elvis concerts, a parade and much more.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Mount Murga walking track is in Nangar National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A refuge for wildlife

     Bottlebrush (Callistemon), Nangar National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

    Amid the extensive farmlands of the central west, Nangar is home to many sedentary and migratory birds and local native animals. Among many bird species are several birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon, wedge-tailed eagle and brown falcon, which use the cliff face along the northern boundary for nesting and perching. The park is also home to the eastern grey kangaroo, common wallaroo, red-necked wallaby, swamp wallaby, little mastiff-bat and chocolate wattled bat. You may also spot the southern rainbow skink, eastern long-necked tortoise and spotted grass frog.

    • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
    • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

    An ever-changing landscape

    Dripping Rock, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

    Ranging from the undulating hills in the south of the park to the long cliff line of red siltstone on the northern boundary - and the 770m-high Mount Nangar - the park offers a great variety of landscapes and views. Terarra Creek valley is open with wide creek flats and gentle slopes and the upper tributaries of Mogong Creek contains several natural springs. You'll see from the high vantage points of the park that the valley floor and more accessible lower slopes have been cleared by grazing and logging. Old growth forest is found in the steeper areas, but under national park protection, the park's vegetation communities will grow ever stronger.

    • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
    • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

    Historic treasure

    Dripping Rock shearing shed, Nangar National Park. Photo: OEH

    Gold was discovered around Eugowra in the 1860s, drawing miners and bushrangers, including the Gardener and Ben Hall gangs who roamed the area that the park now covers. Chinese miners lived here in the early 1900s, prospecting for copper. Historical remains in the park include remnants of gardens and orchards of Dripping Rock homestead, lost to fire in recent years, and its piggery, ruined hay shed and yards.

    Wiradjuri country

    Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

    A vast area of the central west of New South Wales, including Nangar National Park, is Wiradjuri country. Evidence suggests that Nangar Range has been an important landmark in Aboriginal culture and that the surrounding area was occupied for long periods. Places of significance include archaeological sites containing artefacts, stone scatters, quarries and scar trees.

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    Mount Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: K Edwards/NSW Government