Living in country New South Wales, we’re lucky enough to be within striking distance of so many wild and beautiful places. There are over 865 national parks and reserves across the state, protecting areas of wilderness from rainforest to desert, wild bushland to marine sanctuaries. Read on to discover just a few of the fantastic national parks near Quirindi, where you can camp, hike and sightsee to your heart’s content. We’ll be covering more national parks in our next post, so be sure to check back!
Towarri National Park
This beautiful park is located about 1hr 20 min south of Quirindi via the New England Hwy and Cressfield Rd. There’s a very pleasant green campsite and picnic grounds with BBQ facilities, easy access for all vehicles and challenging hikes through the river oak and box woodland. Kids will love swimming in the clean fresh water of Washpools Waterhole in Middle Brook, about 500m from the picnic area. Hikers are rewarded with sweeping views from sandstone outcrops, but come prepared – though hiking is encouraged, there aren’t many defined tracks here.
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve
This place is pretty unique! The first Europeans to come across it thought they’d discovered a volcano, but the mountain is quite literally on fire – a burning coal seam about 20m below the surface sends fumes and smoke up through fissures in the rocky hillside. The 45 minute hike is uphill but fairly easy and well worth it. It’s about 40 minutes south of Quirindi on the New England Hwy, and winter’s a good time to visit – kangaroos and other wildlife enjoy the warm sandstone on frosty mornings. Read the Wannarua people’s dreamtime story of Burning Mountain and more about the history of the reserve at Heritage Australia.
Coolah Tops National Park
If you really want to get out in the bush, Coolah Tops is the place to be – find directions here. There’s fantastic bush camping here and waterfalls after rain (note 4WD access only, when it’s really wet). You’ll see Australia’s tallest snow gums and 300-year-old giant grass trees, 120 species of birds including rare owls, wildlife like the greater glider, wombats and kangaroos. There are a number of camp sites, hiking tracks and picnic grounds – check out the NSW National Parks and Environment sites for details.
If you’re keen to explore closer to town, check out our favourite things to do in and around Quirindi, and keep up with our News and Community pages for all the goings-on across the region – don’t forget to check back for Part 2 of our National Parks feature!
Living in a small regional centre like Quirindi gives you access to such a fantastic country lifestyle for families, singles and retirees alike. If you’re interested in the area and would like information on buying, renting or selling property in Quirindi, come and see our friendly and professional team here at Ray White Quirindi.