WNP.JPG (36842 bytes) Warrumbungle National Park : has an area of 23,000 hectares (56,800 acres) and is situated in central New South Wales , west of Coonabarabran. This magnificent Park combines forested ridges, rocky domes and spires as well as deep gores. The Park is well equipped with walking tracks, picnic and camping areas as well as a well organised Visitor Centre.
The striking feature of the Warrumbungles is its unique volcanic landscape that appears to leap out of the surrounding plains. The best view of this unique volcanic landscape is from the White Gum Lookout, situated just inside the Park (see image). 
The Grand High Tops track brings you close to the volcanic spires and domes. One of the best known features is the Breadknife. This is a volcanic dyke that is almost 100 metres high and only a few metres thick. Please note: This is a delicate feature and climbing on the Breadknife is prohibited.
Mount Exmouth (previously Mount Wambelong ) is another dramatic feature. This is one of the tallest peaks in western New South Wales . In fact there is no taller feature between the Warrumbungles west to the Indian Ocean . A track takes the enthusiastic hiker to the summit where there is a breath-taking view.
Wildlife is plentiful in the Park. Grey Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Wallabies and Emus feed on the grasslands near the Visitors Centre and Camp Blackman in the morning and afternoon. Koalas are often observed in many parts of the Park. Apparently they favour the White Box (Eucalyptus albens) as a food source.
The Park is also home to a huge range of native plants. The Warrumbungle National Park is where flora from the east and west meet. In spring the Park is a blaze of colour. At least 30 Acacia species are protected in the Park.
Camp
Blackman is a large camping area with a very sophisticated amenities block. There are other camping areas with more basic facilities.
We have fond memories of the Warrumbungle National Park . Over 30 years ago we were rangers in the Park. We lived near the western boundary in a house surrounded by typical Warrumbungle’s flora and visited regularly by Kangaroos and Wallaroos.
To the east, just outside the Park is Sidings Spring Observatory. The dome of the largest telescope is visible from many parts of the Park. The Observatory is open to the public. The entrance to the Observatory is off the Renshaw Parkway . This is the road that leads into the Park.
There is a range of accommodation in Coonabarabran. We visited the Park in the spring of 2005 and stayed at the Castlereagh Village on the northern side of Coonabarabran.

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