THE WURRUMBUNGLES

With the recent rainfall in far North Queensland pushing its way down south into NSW, I was keen to head to the outback in April. But due to the water moving at a slow pace there were some road issues. Plan B was set in place to visit central western NSW visiting the famous Warrumbungle's passing through the Pilliga scrub area. Travelling from the coast it is a comfortable 7 hour drive by breaking up the trip with a few stops and as you get closer the Warrumbungle’s seem to appear out of now where in the horizon. This group of mountains evolved around 13 million years ago when there was active volcanic activity in the area. The last stop for supplies is Coonabarabran just 25km away. Arriving at the National Parks office you can see straight away where your fees go to with regeneration areas, formed roads, strict park management and enviro friendly walking trails. 

Before heading towards Dubbo and its attraction, we ( My beautiful partner Lesley, her 2 great kids and my daughter Billi ) stopped here for several days to explore the natural beauty that this area holds. 

Scattered throughout the Warrumbungle's there are some 12 camp sites. Some are walk in only, Camp Blackman has full shower (5 min timed) and toilet facilities and the others require you to be fully sufficient. The whole area is great for the walkers, mountain bike riders, day visitors, campers after a remote getaway, but there are also facilities for the drive through caravans. There are walks here for all ages, from easy 30 min flat walks that meander along old creeks and gorges, through to 7 hour walks that require permits and a very high fitness level. From any of the many lookouts, walks and most of the campsites it is possible to view some of the many mountain peaks- ‘Breadknife’, ‘Bluff Pyramid’, ‘Mt Exmouth’, ‘Spirey View’, ‘Crater Bluff’, ‘Needle Mountain’ just to name a few.

 For the kids there are daily actives in the holidays from aboriginal painting workshops, night walks and guided tours. Wildlife such as kangaroos, emus and possums frequent the campsites daily and add to the feel of this place. The walking tracks are all well sign posted and kept in good condition, but even an afternoon stroll will have you spellbound with the beauty of the Warrumbungle's. As the sun sets the colours change in the trees, in the mountain tops and even the rock faces seem to come alive with colour. Firewood isn't allowed to be collected in the park but as travel between Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle's several farms sell bags of wood for a few dollars. 

Thankfully this area was added to the National Heritage list a few years ago, and with the management that is going on now it will be around for another 13 million years.