Coolah Tops National Park, NSW, Australia

Sunset from Bundella Lookout, Coolah Tops NP

Sunset from Bundella Lookout, Coolah Tops NP

I visited Coolah Tops for the first time in September, 2014. What a stunning spot. To reach the park, you drive about 30 km from the town of Coolah through rolling cattle grazing country on mainly unsealed roads, passing into eucalypt forest at the NP entrance. After a further 10-15 minutes (and a left hand turn) you’ll arrive at Bundella Lookout. A short walk takes you to Pinnacle Lookout with its jaw-dropping views over the Liverpool Ranges, Mt Kaputar and the Nandewar Range. There are apparently equally beautiful views from the other end of the plateau, though the road was closed to two-wheel drive traffic when I was there.

Pinnacle Lookout, Coolah Tops NP

Pinnacle Lookout, Coolah Tops NP

You are guaranteed wildlife sightings along the 9km hiking circuit linking Bundella Track and Racecourse Track. I saw a wombat, innumerable wallabies, kangaroos and birds, including five wedge tailed eagles circling in the sky, as well as two that launched from ground level, right in front of me as I was walking along the track. I’d never been that close to one before.

The ubiquitous wallaby on Bundella & Racecourse Track Hike, Coolah Tops NP (9km circuit)

The ubiquitous wallaby on Bundella & Racecourse Track Hike, Coolah Tops NP (9km circuit)

Other points of interest include a sweet little 1km walk through a stand of giant Grass Trees between Bundella Lookout and the turnoff, as well as a waterfall to your right, not far from the NP entrance. There is a fairly steep but short climb down to the viewing platform for the waterfall. Unfortunately, there was not enough water flowing when I was there to get the full effect, but it would be lovely after a rainy season.

Bundella Lookout, Coolah Tops NP

Bundella Lookout, Coolah Tops NP

A great place to visit if you want to see some wildlife, take in the view, or just enjoy some quietude in the bush.

3 thoughts on “Coolah Tops National Park, NSW, Australia

  1. I’ve never been here and it’s not far from places I have lived! Am now further north and there are such magical places to go… next time your in Aus Gunlom in Kakadu is my all time fave… a natural infinity pool that overlooks the park at the top of a steepish walk. I also love all the area around Kunnunura – especially Zebedee springs at El Questro. Happy trails!

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    • Thanks for the great tips Laura! I am currently in the Blue Mountains just out of Syd, but really hoping to get to the Northern Territory later this year, so will definitely check out your Kakadu recommendation if I make it that far north. I am constantly blown away by how many beautiful places this country has to offer. Endless opportunities for discovery!

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      • Stunning up there… enjoy every second. There are amazing places to discover in Aus and so many in the NT and NW West Aus that are nearly untouched ๐Ÿ™‚
        How lucky we are!

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