Warrumbungle National Park Travel Guide
Emu & the Warrumbungles
Old shop & Petrol Bowser
"Fans Horizon Lookout is a 2 hour walk, the shortest distance to see the Grand High Tops area up close"; so says the blurb. However, you're not really all that close to the Grand High Tops.It's an excellent introductory walk beginning from Pincham car park. Though the track...
Warrumbungle National Park Headquarters
The headquarters, or the Warrumbungles Information centre is where you go to pay your Park fee, and to pay for your camping site.Also, there is a display, and books and a few other items for sale.
WILDFLOWERS OF THE WARRUMBUNGLES.
In Spring (Sept – Nov) there will be plenty of different wildflowers in bloom. In the area known as the Heathlands, you will find low shrubs including knife-leafed wattle, tick bush, fringed heath myrtle and species of Kunzea and more. Grasses include kangaroo grass,...
CANYON WALK & WARRUMBUNGLE N/PARK
This walk (Wambelong Nature Track) leads from the Canyon Picnic area to Camp Blackman. The Picnic area is nice, with shelters, Toilets and gas BBQ’s. This short loop walk begins from the eastern side of Canyon Picnic Area and follows Wambelong Creek through a small,...
WHITE GUM LOOKOUT @ WARRUMBUNGLES N/PARK
As the name suggests, this lookout is surrounded with White gums. At the end of a 1km return walk, which takes approx 30mins, there is the lookout with nice views of the Warrumbungle ranges. The walking track is easy, in good condition, and is suitable for people with...
DRIVING THROUGH THE WARRUMBUNGLES
As the Park is full of Kangaroos, drive slowly past Kangaroos, you never know which way they are going to jump! One different experience we had on the way out, was a mother Emu and 3 chicks crossed the road in front of us. We stopped the car for a photo shoot, lucky we did,...
THE BREADKNIFE & BELOUGERY SPIRE
These 2 spires can be easily seen from most areas of the park. Walks can be done to both.To reach the Breadknife and Grand High Tops Circuit, (Pincham trail) the walk is 12.5 km return on a moderate to steep track, allow approx 5 hours….. or by taking the circuit via West...
BIRDS AND WILDLIFE IN THE WARRUMBUNGLES
This would have to be one of the best Parks for seeing plenty of Birdlife and Animals. KANGAROO’s abound, not only early morning and evening, but you can see them throughout the day. Even though they are wild, they were not that scared of human’s, and in October, a lot of...
TARA CAVE & WARRUMBUNGLES N/PARK
The walk to this Cave departs from the “Woolshed” The path is in good condition, with a proper bridge, in some places, paved walkway, and in others, a proper boardwalk. There is a constant , uphill climb for quite a wayThe cave was used by the Aborigines. You WILL NOT SEE...
WARRUMBUNGLES NATIONAL PARK – COONABARABRAN
This National Park is on the national Heritage List. It is an area of former volcanic activity and includes two extinct Volcanoes. The Garrawilla Volcano, started about 200 million years ago, and finished about 45 million years ago. This is the area where the rare and...
CAMPING IN THE WARRUMBUNGLES NATIONAL PARK: Camp with Nature
Like to be with nature?.....Enjoy peace & quiet,…. with only the sounds of Birds?......Sit around an open campfire at night?......Beautiful scenery to look at?.....Hot showers, and clean Toilets?.....Gas BBQ’S…...then I think you will enjoy your stay here...........We stayed...
TOORAWEENAH-Step back in time!
Tooraweenah is a tiny rural village of about 130 people on the lower western slopes of the Warrumbungles.
It is quite old, with the first store being opened in 1841. The village began to develop with a school opening in 1884 and the Hotel in 1886.
One event memorialised in the town's history is the Kookaburra March, where 23 men set out in 1916 from Tooraweenah on a march to Bathurst to recruit men for service in World War I. There is a veteran's plaque on the village common.
In 1931 Arthur Butler landed his aeroplane near Tooraweenah during his London to Australia flight.
He taxied to the general store to refuel. Butler returned in 1938 to establish an inland airmail and passenger service, linking Charleville to Sydney via Cunnamulla, Bourke, Coonamble and Tooraweenah with coach services linking in Coonabarabran and Gilgandra.
Today the Warrumbungle Gliding Club operates from the aerodrome and welcomes visitors.
The town has a nine-hole golf course, a caravan park, a hotel and a general store. Lions Park has picnic, barbecue and play facilities.
Most of the town's buildings remain as they were in the early 20th century so my stroll around the village was quite interesting, especially with signs on the heritage listed buildings.
The village of Tooraweenah is in a valley below the Warrumbungle Ranges, roughly midway between Gilgandra and Coonabarabran, in the Central West of the state of New South Wales.
It is 4 km off the Oxley Highway between Gilgandra (43 km south-west) and Coonabarabran (58 km north-east).
Written Nov 8, 2009
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