Nangar National Park

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Nestled in the farmlands of the central west are the dramatic peaks and ridges of Nangar, which offers scenic views, bushwalking, birdwatching, camping and picnicking.

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Amid the wide open spaces of central west New South Wales, you'll find the spectacular scenery of Nangar National Park, dominated by the magnificent peak of Mount Nangar to the north. The park's beautiful wooded hills, easily accessible from Escort Way, create an ideal environment for picnicking, bushwalking and camping.

Whether you love wildflowers, birdwatching, photography or gazing up at a night sky brilliant with stars, there's plenty at Nangar to feed the soul. Autumn through to spring offers plenty of fresh and clear days to take long walks, and as the days become warmer, the land comes alive with colour. Don't miss Terarra Creek, lined with the gorgeous pink honey-myrtle. Keep your camera handy for kangaroos, wallabies, bats, peregrine falcons and wedge-tailed eagles, as well as the breathtaking cliff line and views from Mount Nangar .

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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/nangar-national-park/local-alerts

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Eugowra:

    • Travel 10km along Escort Way (Eugowra – Orange Road)
    • The park entrance sign is at the intersection with Dripping Rock Road
    • Turn right here and travel 2.5km along Dripping Rock Road, where you’ll cross a cattle grid into the park.

    From Orange:

    • Travel 70km along Escort Way (otherwise known as Forbes Road)
    • The park entrance sign is at the intersection with Dripping Rock Road
    • Turn left here and travel 2.5km along Dripping Rock Road, where you’ll cross a cattle grid into the park.

    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 Nangar National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    As the days cool down, it's perfect weather for taking some of the longer walks along the walking tracks and fire trails.

    Spring

    Bushwalkers will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and flowering shrubs.

    Winter

    Build a cosy campfire at Terarra Creek camping and picnic area and spend a cool, clear night gazing at the stars.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    13°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    43.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    –6.9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    April

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    129.5mm

    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).

    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

    Forbes (40 km)

    Rich in gold-mining history and the site of the biggest gold robbery in Australia's history, Forbes is renowned for its connections with notorious bushrangers Ben Hall and Frank Gardiner. Find out more on the town's heritage trail.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Orange (70 km)

    The bustling city of Orange, with its many cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities, has something for everyone, plus there's a huge range of places to stay. The real highlight is the town's food and wine, so bring your thirst and your appetite.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

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

    Wiradjuri country

    Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

    A vast area of the central west of New South Wales, including Nangar National Park, is Wiradjuri country. Evidence suggests that Nangar Range has been an important landmark in Aboriginal culture and that the surrounding area was occupied for long periods. Places of significance include archaeological sites containing artefacts, stone scatters, quarries and scar trees.

    Historic treasure

    Dripping Rock shearing shed, Nangar National Park. Photo: OEH

    Gold was discovered around Eugowra in the 1860s, drawing miners and bushrangers, including the Gardener and Ben Hall gangs who roamed the area that the park now covers. Chinese miners lived here in the early 1900s, prospecting for copper. Historical remains in the park include remnants of gardens and orchards of Dripping Rock homestead, lost to fire in recent years, and its piggery, ruined hay shed and yards.

    An ever-changing landscape

    Dripping Rock, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

    Ranging from the undulating hills in the south of the park to the long cliff line of red siltstone on the northern boundary - and the 770m-high Mount Nangar - the park offers a great variety of landscapes and views. Terarra Creek valley is open with wide creek flats and gentle slopes and the upper tributaries of Mogong Creek contains several natural springs. You'll see from the high vantage points of the park that the valley floor and more accessible lower slopes have been cleared by grazing and logging. Old growth forest is found in the steeper areas, but under national park protection, the park's vegetation communities will grow ever stronger.

    • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
    • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

    A refuge for wildlife

     Bottlebrush (Callistemon), Nangar National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

    Amid the extensive farmlands of the central west, Nangar is home to many sedentary and migratory birds and local native animals. Among many bird species are several birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon, wedge-tailed eagle and brown falcon, which use the cliff face along the northern boundary for nesting and perching. The park is also home to the eastern grey kangaroo, common wallaroo, red-necked wallaby, swamp wallaby, little mastiff-bat and chocolate wattled bat. You may also spot the southern rainbow skink, eastern long-necked tortoise and spotted grass frog.

    • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
    • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

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    What we're doing

    Nangar 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.

    Mount Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: K Edwards/NSW Government