Warrumbungle National Park

The Warrumbungles ia a favourite place for me, ever since we first visited in 1981 at the start of 13 weeks long service leave.  The facilities for visitors and campers have improved significantly over the years with power sites, paved roads, gas BBQs, rubbish bins, dump point, picnic tables, etc., but, unlike Victoria, still at a reasonable price.  I have a NSWNPS pass that exempts me from the $8 daily vehicle fee so camping on a power site was only $12 per night.

However it is the rugged ranges of the Warrumbungles that remain the great attraction.  The volcano that formed the Warrumbungles started erupting 17 million years ago and continued on and off for the next 4 million years.  The volcanic dome was 50 Km in diameter and the rock formations that we see today are the remaining hard rock after millions of years of erosion.

The camping area was burnt out in the 2013 bushfire, the camping area was completely ash a ranger told me, melted power outlets, etc. but they managed to save the shower block.  The recovery is amazing as you can see from the photo of the camping area below.




I arrived at the Warrumbungles on a cold overcast day, but after setting up I completed a 5 Km walk around Belougery Flats that starts and ends at the camping area.   It is a peaceful fairly flat walk that gives views of the grand High Tops, Mt Exmouth and Belougery Split Rock.  Every time you turn a corner you see a different view of these massive rock outcrops.

20170821-4295 Belougery Walk Views #5 Low

20170821-4293 Belougery Walk Views #1 Low








Wattle is coming into flower and that added some colour on what was a very overcast dull day.

20170821-4299 Belougery Walk Views #4 Low

20170821-4296 Belougery Walk Views #3 Med








Next day it was off to the Tara Cave walk, a 3.5 Km walk to a small cave used by aborigines for the last 4,500 years, until 150 years ago.  The walk had some steep sections and the last part was on a boardwalk.  Lots of fabulous views along the way, sadly opened up by the 2013 bushfire.

20170822-4305 View from Tara Cave Walk Warrumbungles NP #2 Low

20170822-4303 View from Tara Cave Walk Warrumbungles NP #1 Low








There was no artwork in the cave but some grooves in a couple of rocks made by aborigines sharpening stone axes.

20170822-4308 Tara Cave Tool Grinding Rock Warrumbungles NP Med

20170822-4312 View from Tara Cave Boardwalk Warrumbungles NP Med







After the walk to Tara Cave, I headed to Burbie Canyon Walk, which was a 2 Km fairly flat walk along a creek that lies within high rock walls.  It was an easy, enjoyable walk with lots of wattles in flower and the ever present buzz of bees on the wattles.  I was very happy to spot a pardalote on the walk, I haven’t seen one since we left Ferntree Gully.  They are such tiny beautiful birds.

20170822-4315 Burbie Canyon Walk Warrumbungles NP Med

20170822-4314 Burbie Canyon Warrumbungles NP Med








My next walk was on the Grand High Tops Circuit.  I completed a 9 Km return part of the walk, which is 14.5 Km long.  It was a beautiful walk, but consistently uphill on the way out, some of it quite steep such that you had to take small steps on on the way down.  The park suffered a major bushfire in 2013, but the creek valley that the walk followed was lightly burnt, so the trees and bush have completely recovered in the valley.  Lots of wonderful views along the way.

20170823-4326 Belougery Spire Warrumbungles NP Med

20170823-4322 Spirey View Warrumbungles NP Med














Even though it was very dry there was some maidenhair fern along the way together with Hardenbergia creeper and lots of grass trees.

20170823-0650 Hardenbergia Warrumbungles NP Med

20170823-4319 Grass Tree Warrumbungles NP Med











I am off to Dubbo tomorrow to stay with friends Bev and Richard who have  retired to a 40 Acre hobby farm from a sheep station near Walgett.

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3 Responses to Warrumbungle National Park

  1. Nadine says:

    Great to see some photos from warrumbungle. I remember this from our trip in 1981. Finding my first kangaroo skull which inspired me to end up with a collection of dozens of skulls! And also packing up in the rain (or trying to beat the rain) and being completely stressed that you were squashing mum inside the camper as you wound it down and it wasn’t closing. Obviously I was relieved to find out you weren’t when mum popped her unscathed head out of the camper door to say it was a cardboard box on the bench which was stopping it from going down!! 😉
    Hope you have a good time in Dubbo. xx

  2. Rhonda says:

    Hey Russ
    What wonderful sculptures you discovered in Pillanja. The orchids reminded me of Margs love of orchids and how she was inspired to paint many of them. She was a talented lady in many different ways. You will be so fit when you return home from all of the walking you have been doing. Hope you enjoyed your Father’s Day today. We had a lovely afternoon tea with the family and Tae and Tamuka gave us a piano concert with Barry on the guitar. Hope you enjoy catching up with your friends on their hobby farm. Much love Rhon xx

  3. Russ says:

    Hi Rhon. Margie was a talented lady. I have enjoyed fathers day with Deen on the Murray near Echuca. Sounds like your Sunday was a good one as well. I had a great time with Bev and Richard at Dubbo they were great hosts. We head off tomorrow, Deen back to Melbourne and me to Maldon for a few days before I head for home. Love Russ xx

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