Warrumbungle National Park

Warrumbungle National Park, Tourism New South Wales
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At Warrumbungle National Park rocky spires emerge from the heavily forested valleys and peaks, and gorges slice deep into the landscape. With its strange volcanic terrain, fresh mountain air and excellent camping this is one of the state’s most popular parks.

This is spectacular country, with more than 17 peaks exceeding 1000 metres, and a range of unusual landforms and idyllic valleys in a sprawling national park on the edge of the semiarid interior of New South Wales. Camping, bushwalking, rock-climbing and sightseeing are the primary activities.

Fact file


From Coonabarabran via John Renshaw Parkway; from Gilgandra via Newell Hwy then Gumin Rd

Best season

Spring and autumn


492 km north-west of Sydney; 35 km west of Coonabarabran; 80 km north of Gilgandra

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • NPWS Coonabarabran/Warrumbungle Visitor Centre (02) 6825 4364


Visitors must register at the visitor centre for rock-climbing


23 311 ha

Visitor information

Coonabarabran 1800 242 881

Featured Activities in the National Park

  • Indulge in some stargazing in the clear mountain air

    Follow the Breadknife Trail for awesome views of the Warrumbungles

    Join a ranger-guided tour and learn about the park’s geology

    Stroll along the shaded creek bed of the Wambelong Creek

    Rise early and enjoy the park’s ‘dawn chorus’

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A look at the past

John Oxley passed this way on his explorations in 1818. Grazing in the valleys and on the lower slopes in the 1800s resulted in the clearing of some land and today evidence of pastoral use, such as old stock fences, remains. As early as the 1930s bushwalkers and rock-climbers were drawn to the Warrumbungle Mountains to explore the remarkable landscape, and by 1953 the first part of Warrumbungle National Park had been declared.

Aboriginal culture

When European explorers travelled through the area in the 1800s, the Warrumbungle (or ‘crooked’) Mountains had been well known to the Kamilaroi people, and other Aboriginal groups, for thousands of years.

Archaeological evidence in the park points to extensive occupation by Indigenous people, and research into their links with this land is continuing.

Natural features

The park is distinctive for its dramatic landforms, the remnants of complex volcanic action that took place 13 to 17 million years ago. Over that period, molten lava and huge volumes of rock spewed out and a vast shield volcano was formed. Erosion has gradually worn away the softer rock, leaving tough volcanic plugs and fissures and the arresting landforms we see today – the shard-like form of the Breadknife, domed Bluff Mountain, Belougery Spire and the majestic Grand High Tops.

Native plants

Eucalypt forest, woodland and heathland spread across the landscape. River red gums and rough-barked apple are dominant, with thick undergrowth in the forest. In the woodlands are manna (or white) gums and narrow-leaved red ironbark with an understorey of sticky daisy bush and western golden wattle. In all, 620 plant species have been identified.


The park is a valuable refuge for native fauna with 180 bird, 52 reptile and 23 mammal species found here. There are numerous skinks and geckos and many snakes, including the red-bellied black snake. Eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies graze on the cleared land of the valley. Sheltering near rocky areas you may spot the endangered and agile brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Keep your eye out for koalas high in the forks of gum trees, especially near walking tracks and along creek beds. At night, you may hear some of the 12 species of bat that make their home in the park.

Birdlife is also prolific, with a healthy population of emus, and wedge-tailed eagles often sighted. Several species of owl, numerous thornbills, woodswallows, doves, pert little willie wagtails, honeyeaters and rosellas are among the dozens of other species.


Stop at the park visitor centre in Coonabarabran for information on walking, climbing and the park’s fascinating geology, flora and fauna, and ask about ranger-guided Discovery tours in spring and autumn.


Wambelong Nature Track (1-km loop, 30 minutes, easy) follows Wambelong Creek through a sheltered gorge (ideal birdwatching territory) and then rises to a rocky outcrop with marvellous views over the valley. For more energetic walkers, Breadknife and High Tops Walk (12.5-km loop, 5 hours, medium difficulty) is considered one of the state’s top bushwalks. It is a demanding trek, taking in the shaded Spirey Creek valley, eucalypt forest, woodland with wildflowers in spring, the jagged, 90-metre-high rocky spur, the Breadknife, the High Tops and dazzling views of the Warrumbungles. White Gum Lookout Walk (1 km return, easy) is a bitumen track suitable for wheelchairs.

Other activities

You can cycle on the park’s many roads and trails but not on walking tracks. Mountain-bike enthusiasts might tackle some of the steep fire trails. Canyon Picnic Area is in an attractive bush setting for a picnic or barbecue. Head to some of the lookouts for outstanding views.


The bizarre and rocky volcanic cliffs are outstanding for climbing, but registration is required. Climbing the Breadknife is not permitted.


Balor Hut camping area (walk-in camping)

This old walkers’ hut is at the base of the Breadknife and Grand High Tops, and is accessible via a fairly strenuous 6 km walk from Pincham carpark. The hut sleeps 8, but you’ll need to bring everything with... Find out more

Burbie Camp camping area (walk-in camping)

This walk-in only camping area has very basic facilities – pit toilets and wood BBQs – accessible along the fire trail to Mt Exmouth from Burbie Canyon carpark. Make sure you register with the visitor centre... Find out more

Camp Blackman camping area

This is the big, main camping area in the national park, with 70 sites (32 with power), hot showers, gas/electric BBQs and a public telephone. Many of the park’s walking tracks start a short drive away, and there... Find out more

Camp Pincham camping area

It’s 200 m from the Pincham carpark to the camping area, one of the original Warrumbungle campgrounds. It’s a good place to use as a base for walking to the Breadknife and Grand High Tops. There’s a... Find out more

Camp Walaay camping area

It’s not far from popular Camp Walaay to the many amenities of Camp Blackman. There are 5 spacious camping areas here that can fit up to 200 people; however, the road isn’t suitable for camper trailers or... Find out more

Camp Wambelong camping area

Camp Wambelong is about 1 km past the visitor centre, and is close to the Split Rock, Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth walking tracks. There are 30 sites here – if you’re in a large group you’ll need to... Find out more

Danu Camp (walk-in and bush camping)

It’s a long walk to Danu Camp from either Pincham, Split Rock or Burbie Canyon carparks. The camp is between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth, on the Western High Tops. Campers must be self-sufficient with food... Find out more

Dows Camp (walk-in and bush camping)

Dows Camp is situated between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth, at the junction of Bluff Mountain Trail and Western High Tops. It’s a long walk from Pincham carpark – campers will need to be self-sufficient... Find out more

Gunneemooroo camping area (walk-in camping)

This is the only camping area in the southern end of the park – to get here, follow John Renshaw Parkway from Coonabarabran, turn towards Tooraweenah and then onto Dooroombah Rd. Access to the carpark is only... Find out more

Hurleys Camp (walk-in and bush camping)

Sleep beneath the imposing monolith of Belougery Spire at this walk-in campsite, accessible from Pincham carpark. Named for famous Australian photographer Frank Hurley, this is a popular spot for walkers and climbers.... Find out more

Ogma Camp (walk-in and bush camping)

Ogma Camp is at the junction of the West Spirey Creek Trail and Western High Tops, between the Grand High Tops and Mt Exmouth. It’s a walk-in campsite, accessed via the Pincham Trail and the Grand High Tops or West... Find out more

The Woolshed

This is a spacious area for small- and medium-sized groups of up to 55 people. It has power, lighting and a composting toilet. Bookings are essential. Note: there’s water here, but it’ll need to be boiled or... Find out more

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