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Tara Cave walking track

Warrumbungle National Park

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Tara Cave walking track is a gentle 3.4km return bushwalk through Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran. Learn about local Aboriginal culture and experience remarkable views.

1.7km return
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade 2
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • This walk includes a creek crossing. Please check water level height at Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Centre before starting this walk. Take special care after heavy rain.
  • Visit Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Centre before you set out to pick up a free trail map and get detailed route information and advice.

Tara Cave walking track is ideal for bushwalkers interested in the area’s Aboriginal culture. The track leads to Tara Cave, which has evidence of Aboriginal occupation, and along the way there are interpretive displays about the local Aboriginal people’s connection with the land. 

Starting at Old Woolshed picnic area, the trail leads you across Wambelong Creek and through a grassy valley. You’ll then gently climb through eucalypt forest to the remarkable Pilliga sandstone slopes. Here you’ll find Tara Cave and spectacular views of Warrumbungle National Park’s skyline. 

Until recently, Aboriginal people used caves in the area for shelter. Tara Cave was also used for manufacturing stone tools, and you can see a stone slab with ‘grinding grooves’ at the cave entrance. 

After your walk take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch at Old Woolshed picnic area or a barbeque at nearby Canyon picnic area. If you’re keen to see more of Warrumbungle National Park, combine Tara Cave walking track with a short walk to access-friendly Whitegum lookout.

Visit in spring to enjoy pleasant temperatures and an abundance of wildflowers, including yellow everlasting daisies and billy buttons. It’s also a great time to spot birdlife, including turquoise parrots and spotted pardalotes.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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