Gilgandra Tours and Attractions
Warrumbungle National Park
Gilgandra Shire is the southern gateway to the majestic Warrumbungles, an area of forested ridges, barren spires, and deep gorges.
It incorporates the most spectactular part of the Warrumbungle mountains, a region of past volcanic activity with unusual lava formations. There are many scenic bushwalks in the mountains. The park preserves habitat for a koala population numbering in the hundreds. It is also home to the Anglo-Australian Observatory, which has one of the largest optical telescopes in the southern hemisphere.
There are four main campsites. All camping in the park is only permitted after obtaining a permit. There is a visitors centre for bookings and keys to a number of huts. The park also caters for large school groups. There are free electric barbecues available however firewood is not supplied or to be collected within park grounds.
The best time to visit weatherwise is during autumn or spring, when you'll be avoiding excessively hot or cold weather. During early spring you'll see many wildflowers in bloom, including a huge variety of golden wattle flowers. The spring and autumn school holidays are the busiest times and special Discovery Ranger guided walks, talks and tours usually operate then.
Do's and Dont's for your Warrumbungle visit
- Ensure you have enough petrol for your drive to the park.
- Watch out for kangaroos and other animals on the roads. You need to take special care around sunrise, sunset and at night.
- Always carry water when bushwalking.
- If you're bushwalking or rock climbing you need to be aware of your own safety considerations – it can take a long time for rescuers to get to many locations in the park.
- Mobile phone and radio coverage is often unavailable in 'blackspots' in valleys in the park. CDMA mobile phone coverage only.
- Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks. Creeks flow very fast when in flood.
- Be prepared for sudden temperature drops when the sun goes down.
- Total Fire Bans are often in place during the spring and summer. During these bans no fires or naked flames are permitted outdoors, including gas stoves.
- At other times of very high to extreme fire danger, restrictions may be placed on campfires in certain areas.
- Thunderstorms often occur during the spring and summer. Make sure you don't camp under trees with large limbs or near overhead powerlines.
- Do not feed any wildlife. Kangaroos and goannas inhabit many of the visitor areas. If people feed them, they gradually become aggressive as they try to take more food.
For more information, phone the number above or visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au