Nangar National Park
The horse-shoe shaped red silt- stone cliff lines of the Nangar-Murga range is a landmark of the central west's rolling plains. The rocky slopes running down to Terrara creek, forests rich in flowering shrubs and timbered hills form an important wildlife refuge in a landscape that has been largely cleared.
This park is near...
Orange (50 km)
Best access routes
This park is 50 km west of Orange. To access the park via Eugowra, travel 10 km along Escort Way heading east towards Orange, then turn right at the Old Windmill and the sign indicating 70 km to Orange.
To access the eastern side of the park, take the Canowindra turn-off form Escort Way at 'Longs Corner'. Head south for approximately 9.5 km, then turn off onto the gravel Mogong Creek Road after the Pine Hill property. After about 4 km you'll reach the park boundary, where there's easy foot access into the park.
Road quality: unpaved sections
Facilities & things to do
There are interesting walks and views from the escarpment that provide a rewarding experience and splendid scenery. Make sure you carry enough water and food, and notify someone of of your walking intentions.
There are a number of good walking routes: on the northern side, the park boundary joins Escorts Way approximately 2 km past the former township of Murga, where you can walk approximately 7 km to Mount Nangar. The famous Eugowra gold escort robbery, by Ben Hall, took place nearby.
You can also reach the escarpment via the Mogong Creek Road, on the eastern side, or the Terarra Creek Trail on the western side. There is presently no vehicle access to the park.
You will need a permit to ride your horse in the park.
Three main types of vegetation are evident: eucalyptus-blackpine, scribbly gum-blackpine and blackpine-ironbark. Many beautiful shrubs can be seen, including spider flowers, thyme spurge, nodding blue lily and waxlip orchids.
A variety of bird species are found including wrens, thornbills, falcons and hawks. Rarer birds, such as peregrine falcons and glossy black cockatoos, also frequent the area. Eastern grey kangaroos and grey, red-neck and swamp wallabies are also common.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service