Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail

Weddin Mountains National Park

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Overview

Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail is a moderately challenging hike offering scenic views. It’s possible to camp overnight along the way.

Where
Weddin Mountains National Park in Country NSW
Distance
23.5km loop
Time suggested
8 - 12hrs
Grade
Grade 4
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What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching

Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail begins where the state forest meets Weddin Mountains National Park. It’s the longest loop trail in the park and a great route to tackle if you’re looking for a satisfying one-day challenge or an easily achievable two-day hike. There are plenty of places to camp under the stars along the way.

Beginning with a steep trail to get your heart pumping, a second trail leads you to the top of the range for fantastic scenic views across the surrounding plains. As you make your way along the ridgeline, there are views of the rugged eastern escarpment and, on a clear day, you should be able to see the town of Grenfell in the distance.

Keep your binoculars handy for birdwatching, as there are many birds that feed, nest and hunt in the park such as peregrine falcons, wedge-tailed eagles, babblers, warblers and even emus.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    8 - 12hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    23.5km loop

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail is in the southern section of Weddin Mountains National Park. To get there:

    • Drive 30km from Grenfell towards Bimbi along Mary Gilmore Way
    • Turn north onto Grimms Lane
    • Travel for about 4.5km then turn right to enter Weddin State Forest (close the gate behind you).
    • Take the first left and follow this state forest trail to the national park boundary and a clearly marked gate

    There's no vehicle access in Weddin Mountains National Park

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the access roads through the state forest can become impassable after rain.

    Parking

    Limited parking is available at the park boundary where the walking track meets Weddin State Forest. If leaving a vehicle at this entrance, please do not block the gate.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Cooler days make it an ideal time to undertake some of the longer walks. It's also a good time to wander around Seaton's Farm to investigate and compare machinery used back then to what we have today.

    Spring

    A great time to see the wildflowers that blanket much of the ground. Venture up to the lookouts to see the sprawling surrounding farming country.

    Summer

    Enjoy a free barbecue at Ben Hall's campground.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    30°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    43.9°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    12°C and 15°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    June

    Driest month

    February

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    110.7mm

    Facilities

    • Toilets can be found at Ben Halls campground and Holy Camp 
    • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
    • You're encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    • If you're bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
    • 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 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).

    Outback safety

    Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

    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.

    Learn more

    Weddin Gap to Black Spring loop trail is in Weddin Mountains National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Any way you like it

    Ben Halls campground, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: M Cooper

    The park offers both relaxing and adventurous recreational opportunities. Picnickers can enjoy a campfire and barbecue at Ben Hall's campground, while more adventurous visitors can walk the mountain range on a variety of walking tracks.

    Protected population

    Basin Gully wildflowers, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: C Davis

    The Weddin Mountains harbour 12 threatened plant species and 39 threatened bird species. In spring, many lilies and orchids come into bloom, as do winged peppercress and slender darling pea. The diversity in vegetation from the base of the mountain to the top also accommodates a variety of bird species, from larger emus to smaller robins and thornbills. Raptors such as wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons are often seen swooping and diving from the lookouts.

    • Bertha's Gully walking track This medium difficulty walk near Grenfell passes small waterfalls and rock overhangs along Bertha’s Gully. Stop by at the campground for a rest after your 6km walk.
    • Eualdrie walking track Eualdrie walking track is a short hiking route that offers scenic views, birdwatching and spring wildflowers.
    • Lynchs loop trail Lynchs loop trail is a short hike within Weddin Mountains National Park. The route is scenic and there are birdwatching opportunities.

    Rock stars

    Eualdrie lookout, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: OEH

    The Weddin Mountains are a large, crescent-shaped range that rises sharply from the surrounding plains. This prominent feature can be seen from up to 50km away. There are a number of interesting rock formations, cliff lines and small caves, particularly on the northern and eastern side of the mountain. Deep gullies between gentler slopes produce some lovely small waterfalls after a good rain.

    • Basin Gully to Eualdrie lookout track Enjoy a challenging walk? Highlights on this fantastic hiking track include ridges, gullies and scenic views that stretch toward Grenfell, as well as great birdwatching.

    Where there's a will

    Seatons Farm historic site, Weddin Mountains National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

    In 1936, the Seaton family began developing property on the western side of the Weddin Mountains as a pastoral enterprise. Money and resources were scarce during the Great Depression, so the farm was built using second-hand materials fashioned into solid structures. Seaton's Farm is a testimony to the ingenuity used by the Seatons when times were tough. It provides brilliant insight into how this farming family lived during the mid-1900s. The Weddin Mountains are also well-known as the hideout of bushrangers Ben Hall and John Bow, infamously involved in the Escort Robbery at Eugowra.

    • Seaton's Farm historic site An easy scenic walk to a perfect picnic spot against a backdrop of historic agricultural relics. Binoculars are also a must for the enthusiastic birdwatcher.

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