Goobang National Park

Overview

Goobang National Park, near Dubbo, offers scenic views, bush walking, bush camping, picnic areas, mountain biking trails, and 4WD touring.

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Goobang National Park, near Parkes and Dubbo, is a central NSW gem. Whether you’re exploring the park by car, mountain bike, or going on a bushwalk, there’s so much to see. Be sure to pack your binoculars if you like birdwatching as there are loads of species to spot, from owls and eagles to parrots and small wrens.

If you’re staying at one of the idyllic bush campsites, with their friendly and relaxed feel, you’re likely to encounter many of the park’s other inhabitants. Red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and echidnas may be seen all year round.

During the sunlit days of spring and summer, reptiles are on the move. Keep an eye out for lace monitors, blue-tongued lizards, shingle backs and bearded dragons. There have even been sightings of koalas in the quieter areas of the park. At night, boobook owls, nightjars, possums, bats, and a variety of frogs can be heard calling or scurrying about.

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/goobang-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Dubbo:

    • Travel 48km south on Newell Highway towards Parkes then turn left onto Gundong Road just before Tomingley, following the signs to Goobang National Park. The entrance to the park is 12km along Gundong Road on the right.

    From Parkes:

    • Travel 70km north on Newell Highway towards Dubbo through Peak Hill and Tomingley. 3.5km north of Tomingley, turn right onto Gundong Road, following the signs to Goobang National Park. The entrance to the park is 12km along Gundong road, on the right.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    The temperate climate makes it a good time to bushwalk on several different walking tracks or fire trails. More experienced walkers can explore the park further and head off the beaten track. Clear, crisp autumn skies mean stargazing is at its best from Wanda Wandong campground.

    Spring

    Enjoy the wildflowers and flowering shrubs in full, beautiful bloom. Drive up to Caloma lookout for great views of the surrounding farming country with its mosaic of canola, cereals and pasture paddocks.

    Summer

    Make the most of the free gas barbecues at Wanda Wandong campground to unwind after some active park exploration.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    45.1°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -6.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    133.9mm

    Facilities

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    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).

    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

    Peak Hill (27 km)

    Peak Hill is a peaceful country town with a rich mining history. It's free to visit Peak Hill Open Cut Experience to view the mine over five open cuts, historic mine workings and old mining equipment. Opening times vary depending on the season.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Parkes (50 km)

    Even though Elvis Presley died in 1977, his spirit is alive and well in Parkes. The annual Parkes Elvis Festival coincides with the music legend's birthday in January. The five-day event features Elvis concerts, a parade and much more.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Dubbo (68 km)

    Dubbo is an excellent place for families to enjoy together. There are kid-friendly attractions, a wide variety of accommodation, beautiful picnic spots, vast open spaces and the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

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    Learn more

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

    Leaf lovers dream

     Views from Burrabadine Peak, Goobang National Park. Photo: Amanda Lavender

    Over 500 plant species have been recorded in the park, making the vegetation in Goobang National Park part of the largest remaining forest woodland complex in the central western slopes of NSW. The park contains an enormous diversity of vegetation types, including several communities and species which require a particular focus on conservation. Expect to see red ironbark, mugga ironbark, black cypress pine, red stringybark, Blakely's red gum, yellow box and grey box, shrubby sheaok, heaths, pink five-corners, wattles, mat rush, tea trees, grevilleas, hopbush, as well as a large diversity of native grasses, herbs and forbs that put on a colourful display in spring.

    • Burrabadine walking track Burrabadine walking track, accessed from Greenbah campground, takes you to the top of Burrabadine Peak for scenic views to the west of Goobang National Park.
    • Caloma lookout Take a short, easy walk from the carpark to Caloma lookout to get incredible views out over Goobang National Park. It’s a great day trip from Parkes, Dubbo, or Peak Hill.

    Birds aplenty

    Grass trees (Xanthorrhea), Goobang National Park. Amanda Lavender

    Birdwatchers will love Goobang. Many unique species can be seen here; parrots, including the eastern rosellas; little lorikeets; red-rumped parrots; and threatened glossy black cockatoos are all regulars. You may spot wedge-tailed eagles and brown falcons soaring overhead from some of the higher vantage points in the park. The heathlands and shrubs also support many small birds, such as wrens, thornbills, warblers, pardalotes, finches and robins.

    • Burrabadine walking track Burrabadine walking track, accessed from Greenbah campground, takes you to the top of Burrabadine Peak for scenic views to the west of Goobang National Park.
    • Caloma lookout Take a short, easy walk from the carpark to Caloma lookout to get incredible views out over Goobang National Park. It’s a great day trip from Parkes, Dubbo, or Peak Hill.

    Aboriginal sites and storylines

    Views from Caloma lookout, Goobang National Park. Photo: Amanda Lavender

    Wiradjuri (Yuradjurray) people lived mostly on the flats east of Herveys Range escarpment and in the central and southern Curumbenya Range. A large range of sites including open camp sites, stone arrangements, quarry and axe grinding grooves can be seen throughout the park. Scarred trees exist near Wanda Wandong campground. Oral stories have been passed down through generations about the mythological importance of these lands, and many parts of the park have been used for Aboriginal ceremonies. Wanda Wandong Woodland walking track includes several informative signs that give insight into the local Aboriginal culture.

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    What we're doing

    Goobang 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.

    Caloma lookout hero, Goobang National Park. Photo: C Davis