Conimbla National Park

Overview

Conimbla National Park is a peaceful nature reserve that promises easy bushwalks, birdwatching and scenic views. It is located near Cowra, Grenfell and Gooloogong.

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A short drive from Cowra and Grenfell, Conimbla National Park is a quiet, tranquil nature reserve where you can enjoy easy, peaceful bushwalks amid rugged hills and farming country.

Yambira mountain and its surrounding forested ranges rise nearly 500m above the plain, forming a 'bush island' amid the central west farmlands. Rock ledges and small waterfalls have formed along some of the creek-lines. There is a large diversity of orchids in the park, including the only known population of the midge orchid, while many flowering shrubs brighten the landscape in spring, like flax lily, gold dust wattle, seven dwarf’s grevillea, myrtles, hill indigo, bitter peas, and grass trees.

The park is particularly popular with keen birdwatchers, as over 150 species have been recorded here, including some interesting threatened species, such as the little eagle, glossy black-cockatoo, turquoise parrot and several species of honeyeaters and robins.

Mammals you may see here include eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos, swamp wallabies, little red flying foxes, brush-tailed possums, and the threatened pygmy possum and squirrel glider. Kangaroos and wallabies are often seen throughout the day, but the possums and gliders are best seen at night.

With limited visitors to this huge, untapped natural place, you can sometimes find that you have the entire 7,965ha of park entirely to yourself.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/conimbla-national-park/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Conimbla National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    From Cowra:

    • Travel 9km west along the Mid-Western Highway. Turn right onto Barryrennie Road, following the signs to Conimbla National Park. Continue for 17km, then turn left into the Wallaby picnic area carpark.

     From Gooloogong:

    • From Gooloogong town centre, turn onto Kangarooby Road. Follow the signs to Conimbla National Park. Continue for 24km, then turn right into the Wallaby picnic area carpark.

     From Grenfell:

    • Travel 46km east on the Mid-Western Highway. Turn left onto Barryrennie Road, following the signs to Conimbla National Park. Continue for 17km, then turn left into the Wallaby picnic area carpark.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Take advantage of the cooler weather and go for a more adventurous walk off the beaten track.

    Spring

    Check out the abundance of beautiful blooming wildflowers, particularly the park's distinctive range of orchids.

    Summer

    A good time to enjoy the wild nightlife in Conimbla with some spotlighting along Wallaby walking track. Or, just relax in your tent under the stars at Wallaby picnic area.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    14°C and 32°C

    Highest recorded

    46.6°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -8°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    June

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    103mm

    Facilities

    Toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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.

    Nearby towns

    Cowra (25 km)

    Cowra is gaining a reputation as a wine-producing region and source of specialty products. You'll find plenty of cellar doors where you can sample award-winning local wines from golden chardonnay to soft, ripe reds.

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    Canowindra (56 km)

    In the red countryside of Canowindra, you can travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum, where you'll encounter thousands of fossilised freshwater fish.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Grenfell (63 km)

    The historic goldmining town of Grenfell is the birthplace of poet Henry Lawson, who was born on 17 June, 1867.  Bushranger Ben Hall was also born nearby. Hall and his gang rampaged through the area from late 1863 until his death in a hail of bullets in May 1865.Visit the Grenfell Historical Museum to learn about Grenfell and its famous and (infamous) sons.

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    Learn more

    Conimbla National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    A sanctuary for native plants and animals

    Australian bindweed (Convolvulus erubescens), Conimbla National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

    Conimbla National Park is a large patch of vegetation surrounded by rugged farming country. The plants and animals here have had little disturbance in the last 40 years, making it an important reminder of vegetation native to the ranges and hills of central west NSW. Conimbla is particularly known for its diverse array of orchids, including the only known population of the beautiful and unusual midge orchid. In spring, the ground is covered with masses of beautiful wildflowers. Conimbla is also an important refuge for many birds, as it is the largest remnant of native vegetation in the local area and has a diversity of foliage, from open forest to heathland. A number of threatened species that have been recorded in the park have not been observed elsewhere in the surrounding farming country. With low visitation numbers, the park is incredibly peaceful, making it ideal for bird watching.

    • Ironbark walking track Ironbark walking track in Conimbla National Park is a pleasant 1.5hr loop bushwalk with lovely scenic views, great birdwatching and wildflower photography opportunities.
    • Wallaby walking track Wallaby walking track is a moderately challenging 3km return bushwalk linking Wallaby picnic area with Ironbark picnic area and carpark. Keep an eye out for red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies along the way.

    A peaceful bush getaway

    Wallaby Creek picnic area, Conimbla National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

    Conimbla offers a quiet refuge for people as well. It's great for bird watching, bushwalking, self-sufficient tent camping, and heading off the beaten track to discover some of the park's hidden beauties. Wallaby picnic area is also an easily accessed, tranquil spot to enjoy a picnic with family and friends.

    • Wallaby picnic area Wallaby picnic area in Conimbla National Park features picnicking tables, and a spot for birdwatching in a lovely setting close to bushwalking trails and scenic views.

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    What we're doing

    Conimbla National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Yambira Mountain, Conimbla National Park. Photo: M Cooper/NSW Government