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Summits walking track

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area

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Overview

Summits walking track joins the two of the peaks within Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Walk it as a short walk or longer day walk, enjoying scenic views and birdwatching.

Distance
2.1km return
Time suggested
45min - 1hr 15min
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Because of the altitude, the weather can change quite quickly. You should always check the weather forecast before setting out for a walk. It's advisable to bring a jumper with you, and in winter always bring a raincoat and warm clothing.
  • Spring Glade, Snowgum and Nature walking tracks connect with Summits walking track – look for signage along the way
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

Summits walking track connects two of the park’s summits, Mount Canobolas (also known as Old Man Canobolas) and Young Man Canobolas, traversing a saddle between to two mountains and joining up with some of the other walking tracks along the way.

Before you head off on the walk, take some time to admire the scenic view from Summit lookout, at the peak of Old Man Canobolas. You'll be able to see the town of Orange and surrounding countryside.

When you’re on your way, you’ll first hike along a downhill track that passes through snowgum grassy woodland. Keep an eye out for grey currawongs during summer and look for white throated tree creepers. From there, you’ll wind uphill to the summit of Young Man Canobolas.

If you’d like to turn this short walk into a longer day walk, you can join up with the Spring Glade, Snowgum or Nature walking tracks. Look out for signage along the way.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • The large round lookout area at Summit lookout, with a great view of the surrounding region, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo credit: Jen Dodson. © Jen Dodson.

    Summit lookout

    Summit lookout in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is the highest peak in central-west NSW and offers stunning views. Just 18km from Orange and easy to get to, it’s ideal for a quick trip.

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

    Nature walking track

    Nature walking track is an easy walk for anyone wanting to explore the natural beauty of Mount Canobolas, offering birdwatching and wildflower displays in spring.

  • Spring Glade walking track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo © Steve Woodhall

    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.

  • Snowgum walking track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Debby McGerty © OEH

    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.

 

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