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Thunderbolts lookout walking track

Torrington State Conservation Area

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Overview

Follow this walking track to see the spectacular 360° panoramic views of Torrington at Thunderbolts lookout. Experience the stunning wildflowers along the way.

Where
Torrington State Conservation Area
Distance
2km return
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, please ensure you are well prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Thunderbolts lookout walking track meanders through the bush from Nomads picnic area along a well-defined trail. Enjoy the colourful display of wildflowers during the warmer months along the way.

The last 200m is mostly steps which climb through a rock shelter and up a steep 5m metal ladder; it’s a challenging climb, but one where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.

Named after the famous local bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, the lookout offers spectacular 360° panoramic views. From such a great vantage point it’s a good time to see if you can see the rare glossy black cockatoo, often seen in pairs, flying overhead.

Catch your breath, take in the view then wander back to the picturesque Nomad picnic area, or Nomad’s Retreat as the locals call it, for a well-earned rest and a relaxing afternoon picnic under the trees.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Picnic tables, wood barbecues and picnic shelter on a grassy area surrounded by bushland.  Photo: Shari May/DPIE

    Nomads picnic area

    Nomads picnic area is at the start of Thunderbolts lookout walking track, in Torrington State Conservation Area, near Tenterfield. Unwind in this peaceful forest setting before or after your walk.

 

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Thunderbolts lookout, Torrington State Conservation Area. Photo: NSW Government