Torrington State Conservation Area: is situated on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, north of Glen Innes and is managed by the National parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The Conservation Area is 30,000 hectares (75,000 acres) and is home to a bewildering range of native plants.
Scattered throughout the Reserve are large granite outcrops and balancing boulders (see image). Between September and March the Reserve becomes a blaze of colour with spectacular wildflower displays.
The Torrington area has a long mining history. Tin, tungsten and bismuth were the main minerals extracted. Mining peaked around 1920 and virtually ceased after 1946. Fossicking is permitted in the Reserve. Beryl, emerald and topaz may be found in watercourses. The NPWS requests that fossicking is undertaken responsibly with little environmental impact. The area is littered with old mining shafts. The shafts are unstable and should be avoided by visitors. Children should be kept well away from mining shafts.
Before the arrival of Europeans Aboriginal people traversed the area. Many campsites and other remnants of Aboriginal occupation still remain within the Reserve. These places have great significance to local Aboriginal people and are protected as part of Australia’s heritage. Mining equipment and other evidence of European use of the area are also protected.
The flora, fauna and spectacular rock outcrops are all features of the Torrington State Conservation Area.
Over 700 native plant species have been identified with the Reserve. There are 45 species that are rare or endangered. Boronias, Grevilleas, Prostantheras (Mint Bushes) and many pea flowers light up the bush in the warmer months.
Torrington State Conservation Area is also a haven for Australian birds, macropods and reptiles. The Regent Honeyeater and Turquoise Parrot are two rare birds that have been observed in the Reserve. Swamp Wallabies are often observed hopping through the undergrowth.
Visitors are well catered for with camping and picnic areas plus interesting walking tracks. A comprehensive brochure is available from local NPWS offices.
If you are interested in bush walking, bird watching, geology or photography then Torrington State Conservation Area is well worth a visit.