The Warrumbungles

When the Warrumbungle Volcano erupted more than 13 million years ago it formed the spectacular granite domes of the Warrumbungle National Park. Sitting 33km west of Coonabarabran, this 23,311-hectare park has 43km of bushwalking trails and explosive wildflower displays during spring. As such, this is one of the most beautiful parks in New South Wales, although sadly a serious bushfire swept through here in early 2013 so some areas of the park will take some years to fully recover.

Park fees are payable at the NPWS visitor centre in the park; some sights also have camp fees (adult/child from $6/3.50).

Walking tracks range from the easy-going, paved 1.1km Wambelong Nature Track with wonderful views, to the peerless 12.5km Breadknife and High Tops Walk. Eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and emus are all possibilities along the trails, as well as prolific birdlife.