Goobang National Park

Goobang National Park provides protection for the diverse range of plant and animal communities found in central west NSW, as well as the rich scenic, cultural and natural features of the area. Visitors can go picnicking, walking, and bush camping in the park. If you plan on horse riding in the park, you'll need a permit.

 

The park's main trails are accessible to 2WD vehicles, however they can become very boggy after heavy rain . Caloma Trig lookout offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

 

Getting there

This park is near...
Parkes (20 km)
Peak Hill (20 km)
Wellington (75 km)

 

Best access routes
The southernmost section of Goobang National Park is separate from the rest of the park. It's on the paved Parkes-Orange road, around 20km east of Parkes.
Road quality: paved

 

The northernmost section of the park includes Wanda Wandong campground. To get here, turn east off the Newell Highway 3km north of Tomingley, onto Gundong Road. This road is almost fully paved to the national park entrance, and is suitable for 2WD vehicles towing caravans.
Road quality: unpaved sections

 

To the south of this is the Greenbah Camping Area. Take the Newell Highway, then turn east 8km south of Peak Hill onto the unpaved Trewilga-Baldry road.
Road quality: unpaved sections

 

The middle sections of the park have no formal camping or day use areas. There are two access routes, via the (unpaved)Trewilga-Baldry road to the north, or the Parkes-Wellington road (much of which is paved) to the south.
Road quality: unpaved sections

 

Natural environment

This long strip of park protects the largest remnant forest and woodland in the central west, where western and coastal NSW flora and fauna species overlap. Eleven of the park's plant communities are considered rare or vulnerable. There are dry sclerophyll woodlands, white box woodland with grassy understorey, open heathland, and mallee species.

 

Native plants

 

A total of 459 native plant species have been recorded in the park, of which many are threatened plants and some are found only in the local area.

 

Native animals

 

Because of the park's isolated location and scattered vegetation, native animal communities are often highly localised. A number of the fauna species are listed as either vulnerable or endangered. Animals and birds you may see include the koala, greater long-eared bat, yellow-bellied sheathtailed bat, regent honeyeater, glossy black cockatoo, superb parrot, and turquoise parrot.

 

The park landscape: geology and landforms

 

The park encompasses the Hervey Range and is within the Lachlan Fold Belt. The diverse geology, which consists of igneous and sedimentary rock types, ranges in age from 2 to 400 million years. The range rises to an altitude of about 800 metres, with striking cliff faces on the western side. Soil in the higher ridges tends to be infertile, poorly structured and highly susceptible to erosion. In the lower reaches and plains, deep alluvial soils have a high clay content and tend to impede drainage.

 

Culture & history

 

Aboriginal heritage
Anthropological research undertaken in 1994 revealed a rich variety of sites throughout the park. The Hervey Range marks the boundary between the Bogan River Wiradjuri and other groups. Ceremonial, trade, marriage and occupation camps throughout the park make the landscape very significant for the contemporary Aboriginal community.

 

The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture – including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. They are associated with dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. We work with local Aboriginal communities to protect this rich heritage.

 

To find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the park, you can get in touch with the local Aboriginal community. Contact the park office for more details.

History in the park
Goobang National Park was originally named Hervey Range by John Oxley in 1817. In 1897 it was reserved as state forest because of its importance as a timber resource, and several old logging camps are still evident. The area was designated a national park in 1995.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of  The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

 

 

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