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Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area / Lake Canobolas
Located just 12 km south-west of Orange, Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area covers an area of 1,673 ha, with the highest mountain peak and some of the most diverse vegetation in the Central West. Rising to 1,395 m above sea level, on a clear day you have spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, with the summit being visible from 150 km away. The area has significant conservation values, from a volcanic past, its intriguing geological history are revealed in its many rock formations.

Countryside near Mt Canobolas

Flora and Fauna
In the higher altitude, the summit support sub-alpine communities, dominated by snow gums, with an understorey of snow grass with patches of open and closed heath.

In the lower-lying slopes and gullies are found both dry and moist eucalypt woodlands, with tall eucalypt forest occuring to the south and east of Mount Canobolas.

Mount Canobolas is home to a unique subspecies of candlebark gum Eucalyptus rubida canobolensis, which grows only in this area. Recent surveys have also revealed a previously unknown species of eucalypt.

There are a number of wildlife to be found including the endangered yellow-bellied glider Petaurus australis and the little pied bat Chalinolobus icatus.

Lake Canobolas
Located at the foot of Mount Canobolas, is this artificial lake with well established willows and poplars growing on its foreshores, as well as good picnic and barbecue facilities. There is a wide range of leisure activities including sail-boating, swimming, and fishing. Paddle boats are available for hire during the warmer months. There is a great walking track surrounding the lake.

On the eastern side of the lake is the old Pumphouse, that has been fully restored.

Source NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local National Parks and Wildlife Services or the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre National Parks and Wildlife Service - Central West District (Bathurst)
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Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area Attractions

Mount Canobolas View
• There is a 360 degree view from the summit of Mount Canobolas (Old Man Canobolas). During winter the peak can be covered with snow for a few weeks.
Picnic Areas
• There are plenty of places to stop and relax, with several designated picnic areas.
Walking Tracks
• There are a number of walking tracks. The Nature Walk reveals the diversity of vegetation within the park. This walk has signage identifying trees and plants. The Federal and Hopetoun Falls walks are best experienced after medium to heavy rainfall, as they lead to spectacular waterfalls.

Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area Other Links

• Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area Community/Local Government Links
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