After the fires, the landscape has changed. Yes, the hills are still there but the view of them is different. Charred bark remains as evidence of the horror of the flames yet, in time it will fall off the tree and new shoots will emerge, as they are already just a few months after the holocaust.I had a personal interest in the information centre...more
"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 is a steady climb including over 1000 steps, from Spirey Creek to Balgatan,...more
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, porcupine grass and native tussock grass.They grow well in the exposed rocky areas...more
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, sheltered gorge.This area is a haven for birds, particularly in drier times.The...more
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 disabilities and for prams.Worth doing.LOCATION is the 1st lookout you come...more
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, as a “tail-ender” chick went at top speed across the road in front of us,...more
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 Spirey creek, the grade is steep, with the distance being 14.5km, allow...more
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 them had Joeys.EMU’S, there were about 10 that were feeding near camp...more
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).