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The Breadknife - Warrumbungles

The Warrumbungle National Park, one of the state’s most popular parks in New South Wales, is located 27 km west of Coonabarabran. It is an easily accessible park, with good facilities and provides excellent opportunities for family recreation.

The Warrumbungle Range is a 130 km spur of the Great Dividing Range. This spectacular landscape was shaped by an ancient volcano, which has erode over millions of years. Old lava flows can be seen today at Mount Exmouth and Siding Spring Mountain, just outside the boundary of the park. Lava domes, where molten rock has bubbled to the surface and clogged up the source vent can be seen at Belougery Split Rock and Bluff Mountain.

One of the most famous features of the park is ‘The Breadknife’, known in geological terms as a ‘dyke’. Dykes are formed when magma is forced through a fault or crack in the earth’s surface. The magma solidified and over time the softer surrounding earth was eroded away. Today, what is left is the long silver of stone known as ‘The Breadknife’.

 

Bacon and Eggs (Dillwynia retorta)
Bacon and Eggs (Dillwynia retorta)

The Warrumbungle National Park has 30 km of walking tracks, excellent lookouts and day-use picnic areas. There are ranger-guided walks and activities, Aboriginal cultural walks, children’s activities and slide evenings. Along the road from Coonabarabran to Warrumbungle is the outstanding Siding Spring Observatory.

Homestead accommodation is also available just outside Warrumbungle National Park.

There are a number of easy walking tracks including:

  • Whitegum Lookout (1 km return)
  • Gurianawa Track (less than 1 km return)
  • Wambelong Nature Track (1 km circuit)
  • Burbie Canyon (2 km or 3.5 km as a circuit)
  • Spirey View (6.2 km return)
  • Camp Blackman - various short walks (approximately 1.2 km)

Source NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

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

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Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Centre
Open
Open 7 days a week 9 am - 4 pm
27 & 28 December 10 am - 1 pm
29, 30 & 31 December 9 am - 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Warrumbungle National Park Distance

Distance to Warrumbungle National Park
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Warrumbungle National Park:
  Km
Coolah 121
Coonabarabran 35
Coonamble 71
Dubbo 142
Gilgandra 77
  Km
Gunnedah 141
Narrabri 154
Tamworth 217
Sydney 480
• Wee Waa 194
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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