An Adventurer's Guide To Warrumbungle National Park
Planning your next getaway? Well, look no further than Warrumbungle National Park.
Located six hours drive north-west of Sydney, and a 25 minute drive west of Coonabarabran, the Warrumbungles will tick everything on your adventure-loving checklist.
With mountains that look out-of-this world and stars that shine brighter than you’ve ever seen before, this is a trip that any nature lover will, well, love!
Camp Blackman is the perfect spot for you to set-up camp. Located in the heart of the Warrumbungle National Park, it features plenty of room for you to pitch your tent and rest your feet after a big day of exploring. The campground is incredibly spacious and has hot showers, barbecues, powered and unpowered sites, and the best part? You’ll spot kangaroos at sunset, with the expansive mountains in the background. Pure bliss.
Breadknife Grand High Tops Walk
Look, we’re calling it: the Breadknife Grand High Tops Walk is one of the best walks you can do around Australia.
The 14.5km loop will take you about 5-6 hours, with rests in between. It’s certainly no ‘walk in the park’ though - this hike will get your heart rate spiking in sections, with plenty of stairs and uphill climbs as you approach the summit.
However, once you reach the top, you will be blown away by the view. Overlooking the Breadknife (a 100m-high jagged rock face), you’ll be surrounded by a 360 degree view of the park which looks almost like you’re on another planet, thanks to the rugged volcanic mountains. It’s any nature-lover's dream.
A word of advice: make sure you pack plenty of water. Even in the cooler months, you’ll be feeling the heat and there is nowhere to stop along the way to fill your water bottle.
Burbie Canyon Walking Track
After doing the Breadknife walk, your legs will probably be feeling like jelly the next day! No doubt you’ll want to continue exploring so check out the Burbie Canyon Walking Track for some active recovery.
It’s a short 2km walk and will take you just 30 minutes but you’ll get your dose of nature without exerting yourself too much.
The walking track takes you through a sandstone gorge, where there’s plenty of wildlife about. Be sure to pack your camera as you may just spot a koala napping in a eucalyptus tree or a peregrine falcon nesting.
Roughly 10 minutes from Camp Blackman, you’ll spot a turnoff to Whitegum Lookout carpark. Follow the 500 metre track, where you’ll be met with spectacular views of the volcanic landscape - your eyes will take a little while to adjust as you take it all in! Arrive in time for sunset to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains, and see the sky transform into a field of pinks and purples.
Did you know that the Warrumbungle National Park is home to Australia’s first International Dark Sky Park? This means there’s zero light pollution so the stars shine brighter than you’ve ever seen. On a clear night, you’ll be dazzled by the lights in the sky so be sure to switch off your phone/iPad/headtorch: just look up and be amazed by the sky above.