National Parks / Natural World
Warrumbungle National Park Coonabarabran
Where is it at?
Warrumbungle National Park
John Renshaw Pkwy
Tel: 02 6825 4364
If you are coming from Connabarabran, just take the John Renshaw Parkway.
Where are we going today?
If you are a family that loves getting out into nature, then you might just love Warrumbungle National Park!
There are a ton of opportunities for rock climbing, picnics, walking, and BBQs. Perfect for a day out, weekend break or even longer holidays!
The most recognisable feature in the park is The Breadknife. No...we don't mean one you find in your kitchen! This sight towers 90m above the valley floor!
You can hike the Grand High Tops and the Breadknife - just some of the walks in the park. You might even be lucky enough to spot the local wildlife!
There are a huge variety of birds, including a ton of colourful parrots, emus, and a number of different species of kangaroos - including the eastern grey kangaroo! Don't forget to look up - those koalas will be waiting to have their picture taken!
If you want to climb, the spectacular rocky peaks have long been popular, but you do need to register at the visitor centre before you start. Climbing is permitted everywhere with the exception of Chalkers Mountain and Breadknife.
One thing the Wurrumbungle National Park is famous for, is the incredible darkness of it's night skies. The clear atmosphere offer incredible views! It is actually known as the "Astronomy capital of Australia". Pretty impressive! There is the Anglo-Australian Observatory at Siding Spring which is just outside the park, and is open to visitors. Pop in and check out one of the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere! How cool is that!? Imagine what you will see - maybe you'll spot the craters on the moon? Perhaps the rings of Saturn? Who knows!
There are even areas to set up camp near Camp Blackman where you can enjoy your own little astronomy session with your own telescope.
An incredible area for a family trip away!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$7 per vehicle per day parking.
When can we go?
Visitor centre 9am to 4pm. Park is always open but may close in fire danger or poor weather.
There are picnic or barbecue facilities at the Canyon picnic area. There are also toilets with disabled access, picnic tables, water and electric barbecues. This is a great bush setting with an easy, enjoyable nature walk nearby!.
Any Top Tips?
The visitor centre has all the information you will need on the campgrounds, walking tracks, geology, flora and fauna of parks in the area. Also great if you have any questions about the area of things to do!.
Need a little extra help?
The centre and toilets are wheelchair accessible, and each facility is labelled as easy, medium and hard. Easy is obstacle free and great for wheelchairs. .
Can I get one of those?
There of course is a shop, and it sells guidebooks, posters, postcards, gifts, ice, camping supplies, refreshments, tea and coffee. .
Tara Cave, found in the park, is an important and sensitive Aboriginal site and is best viewed as part of an Aboriginal Discovery tour guided by a local Aboriginal Discovery ranger. .
What people are saying?
by Ivan Schloeffel
A wonderful look at the new growth after the fires, it looks great and a photographers dream and the showers are as hot as ever
by Daniel Moore
The facilities were the best of all the parks we camped at! Stopped here on my Brisbane - Melbourne road trip.
by Dave Shepherd
Don't get lost
by A Google User