Explore the local State Forests - maybe snap that 'spectacular' shot you have been seeking. Wait quietly at sunrise or sunset and you may just get a glimpse of kangaroos and other native wildlife.
Back Yamma State Forest - 15km east of the Parkes Road.
Cumbijowa State Forest - 18 km along the Cowra Road.
Goobang National Park was designated a NSW National Park in 1995. It was originally named Hervey Range by John Oxley in 1817. Approximately 42,600 hectares in size it is accessed near Peak Hill (off the Newell Highway)
The park forms the 55 km stretch of the far-western foothills of the Great Dividing Range populated by Flora and fauna from both eastern and western NSW.
Picnicking, walking, bush camping, viewing are all things you can do in the Goobang. The Caloma Trig lookout offers wonderful views and there are picnic and camping areas at Wanda wadong and Greenbah .
Access also 30 km north-east of Parkes on the Wellington Road.
One of the „bush islands- enjoy breathtaking views from the ironbark walking track, or bird watching along the Wallaby track. Bush camping is permitted.
Turn off the Mid-Western Highway nine kms west of Cowra.
Conimbla National Park Phone: (02) 6851 4429
(Forbes Office of the National Parks and Wildlife Service)
The Nangar/Murga range is an ancient landmark in the flat central west landscape. Its forests, rich in native flora, are an important wildlife refuge in an area that has been largely cleared for farming. There are interesting walks and spectacular views form the escarpment.
Nangar National Park Phone: (02) 6851 4429
(Forbes Office of the National Parks and Wildlife Service)
Lake Cowal - the largest natural lake in New South Wales and the breeding ground for thousands of water birds. The branches of the dead red gums that protrude from the waters of the lake make ideal dry perches for breeding birds - and suggest that the water was much less saline in the past. The lake is now a bird sanctuary.
The lake provides a natural basin for floodwater and runoff from the surrounding mountains. It is fed by a number of creeks, mainly Bland and Gorringal creeks from the south and Yeo Yeo Creek from the north. Flood mitigation work on the Lachlan River means that floodwaters from this source no longer enter the lake as they did until 1917.
The Nangar National Park - the aboriginal name for this park means 'bold mountain' or 'red rocks' both of which are accurate descriptions of this relatively inaccessible wilderness. Nangar National Park encompasses Mount Nangar (770metres) and the smaller eminence of Murga Mountain, which meet in the central horeshoe of cliffs. The sedimentary rocks of the cliffs include layers of shale, conglomerate, heavily rippled siltstone - and distinctive red sandstone.
Public access to the 3500-hectare park, which was gazetted in 1983, is still limited by the private properties and Nangar State Forest that surround most of it. Although the plains have been used by Aborigine and European alike, the mountainous areas have generally attracted only desperate bushrangers seeking a hideout or, in modern times, adverturous bushwalkers.
Conimbla National Park - together with Weddin Mountains and Nangar nationaal parks, Conimbla National Park preserves what little is left of the wilderness that used to cover the central western slopes before European settlement.
The park is in two separate sections, with access provided by two different roads. The eastern section, comprising what was Kangarooby State Forest, supplemented by vacant Crown Land and leasehold land, was gazetted in 1980 and the western section, the former Yambira State Forest, was gazetted two years later.
The total area of 7590 hectares is primarily on a plateau but also contains a steep escarpment of red cliffs on the western boundary and Barabigal Mountain (621 metres) in the eastern section. Vegetation ranges from open forest and shrubs to more than 100 species of spring wildflowers. Two walking trails and two picnic areas are the park's only facilities.
Weddin Mountains National Park - the name Weddin or Widden comes from an Aboriginal word meaning 'wait' or 'stay' and apparently refers to the place where young men waited prior to their initiation ceremony. Despit the name, little evidence has yet been found of Aboriginal use of the Weddin Mountain Range.
John Oxley was the first European to see the Weddin Mountains in 1817 and on his second exploration of the district, two convicts of his party, Scotchie and Witton, escaped and hid out in the mountain range - the first series of lawbreakers to do so. Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John O'Meally used the mountains as a hideout and a place to secret their ill-gotten gains as did other lesser known bushrangers such as Johnnie Bow whose cave along with the better known Ben Hall's Cave, are now within the park boundaries. ( Legend has it that must of the gold stolen by Frank Gardiner and his gang at the Escort Rock robbery is hidden along the road to Grenfell.)
An illicit still at Black Spring Gully, where rum was made from she-oak berries combined with potatoes and barley from the plains below, and an old saw mill add colour to the park's history.
Almost all of the cresent-shaped Weddin Mountain Range is now within the 8361 hectare national park. The ranges rise 330 metres above the cultivated farmland on the plains below and provide an 'island' of natural open forest. Within the park, isolated remnant communities of birds, reptiels and mammals survive but, without access to a wider range of animals for breeding purposes the survival of some of these species within the park is threatened.
Work on wildlife corridors and eradication of foxes, goats and rabbits within the park has been undertaken.
Weddin Mountains National Park's primary function is conservation of flora and fauna in a wilderness area; facilities within the park are basic and include two lookouts and one or two walking tracks.
Take advantage of the picnic facilities at the end of Holy Camp Road.
Lake Cowal : Goobang National Park : Nangar National Park : Weddin Mountain National Park : Conimbla National Park
Back Yamma State Forest : Cumbijowa State Forest
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