Mount Towac walk

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area

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Overview

This short walk will take you to Towac Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area and the scenic countryside of Orange.

Where
Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area
Distance
1.7km return
Time suggested
15 - 27min
Grade
Grade 3
Please note

  • This walk starts about 100m along Gum Ridge fire trail, look for the Mount Towac walk sign.
  • Remember to check the weather before you set out on Mount Towac walk as the weather can change quickly at this height. Ensure you're well-prepared and bring appropriate clothing.
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of drinking water.

Mount Towac walk takes you on a short trek to Towac Peak, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area and the surrounding countryside.

Gentle breezes caress the old eucalypts which dwarf you along the path and the rare lichen clinging to the volcanic rock makes this walk a charming one. The absence of facilities along the way will make you feel as though you’re the first person to walk along this delightful track.

This short walk starts from the Gum Ridge fire trail. A little further along Towac Road, you'll find Towac picnic area; a simple and pleasant place to spread out a picnic rug if you have time.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Towac walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    15 - 27min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1.7km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    On entering Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area, follow Mount Canobolas Road before turning right onto Towac Road. Continue past Federal Falls campground until you reach the junction of Gum Ridge trail.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you head to Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area as roads may close when it snows in winter.

    Parking

    Parking is available on Towac Way near Gum Ridge trail.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Wake up to misty mornings and enjoy clear, sunny skies – it's a magical time of year to visit.

    Spring

    See the violet kunzea, fringe myrtle and mirbelia flowers blossoming in the heaths around rocky outcrops.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    13°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    36.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    0°C and 8°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    August

    Driest month

    March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    124.2mm

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    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.

    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).

    Prohibited

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Mount Towac walk is in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    An Australian menagerie

    A flame robin on a tree branch in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo credit: Rosemary Stapleton/DPIE © Rosemary Stapleton

    Mount Canobolas has an abundance of native animals which thrive in this special environment. Around 950 species of plants and animals have been recorded in the park, including several species that exist nowhere else in the world. Thornbills, treecreepers, flame robins, wrens and honeyeaters, as well as good old magpies, currawongs, rosellas, kangaroos and wallabies call Mount Canobolas home. Threatened and endangered species like the antechinus marsupial mouse and silver-leaf candlebark can also be found in the area. When the sun goes down, grab your torch to spot the many possums and wombats, all the while being serenaded by the southern boobook owl.

    • Guided nature weekend in Orange Reconnect with nature and embrace your creative side on The Orange Wild Weekend with Lokale Blumen. Go wine tasting, forage for mushrooms and learn about the local plants and animals in majestic Mount Canabolas.
    • Snowgum walking track Snowgum walking track is short and easy, it starts from the summit of Mount Canobolas or from Federal Falls campground. It’s a great way to work up a hunger for a barbecue lunch.
    • Spring Glade walking track Spring Glade walking track provides easy access to the summit of Mount Canobolas via a pleasant easy walk through grassy woodland, offering birdwatching and picnic opportunities.

    Ancient connections

    Nature walking track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Boris Hlavica

    Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area incorporates the traditional land of the Wiradjuri People. The name Canobolas comes from the Wiradjuri words Gaahna Bulla meaning two shoulders, referring to the two main peaks, Old Man Canobolas and Young Man Canobolas. The area has a strong Aboriginal connection as an important place for male initiation ceremonies and stone tool making, as well as being a rich source of food and medicines. Find out more about this area's Aboriginal heritage at Federal Falls campground.

    Outstanding landscapes

    Lichen covered boulders and snowgum forest in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo credit: Boris Hlavica © DPIE

    Now extinct and with a violent past, Mount Canobolas was an active and aggressive volcano responsible for creating the landscape between 11 and 13 million years ago. The result? Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area boasts vents, dykes, peaks and plugs which all can be seen here and the large rocky outcrops are home to rare lichens, towering basalt cliff lines and impressive waterfalls. The high altitude, cool climate and moist environment make this fertile ground for more than 300 plant species in the region. Large areas of snow gum subalpine woodland, grassy woodland and rocky outcrops covered with a variety of mosses and lichens make this a great place to visit. It’s hard to say what is most beautiful here, but certainly the heaths in spring which burst with purple, white, yellow and red flowers are a sight to behold.

    • Mount Towac walk This short walk will take you to Towac Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area and the scenic countryside of Orange.

    Rising from the ashes

    Close up view of a pink spider orchid flower, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo credit: Colin Bower © Colin Bower

    Mount Canobolas is recovering strongly from devastating fires that burned nearly 70% of the state conservation area in 2018. NPWS staff is working with the Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society to monitor, audit, and survey plant vegetation communities, insect and animal species, and Aboriginal sites. The park’s after-fire monitoring and conservation program has increased the number of known plant and animal species in the park, including discovery of 2 new ground orchid species new to science and rediscovery of 2 orchids unseen for over 20 years. As animals return, trees sprout new growth and plants come back there’s hope for the recovery of our native plants and animals.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

      The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

    • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

      Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

    Environments in this park

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