Trekking the Warrumbungles Macha Tor and Grand High Tops

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Trekking the Warrumbungles Macha Tor and Grand High Tops
Rugged mountain ranges with prominent peaksThe famous BreadknifeRange of world class walks Incredible pink and orange sunrises and sunsetsGreat camping facilities only 2km from main walks
5.0Microadventure Rating

The Warrumbungles is one of the most diverse national parks in Australia with a never ending amount of beautiful walks for bushwalkers and stunning landscapes for photographers. It’s the home of astrology in Australia due to its placement and is therefore incredible for astrophotography! It offers short day walks to multi day hikes through a bunch of different elevations and terrains.

Two friends and I decided to tackle to Grand High Tops walk from Pincham carpark; an 11km return journey. It is regarded as one of the best walks in NSW and offers close up views of the distinct rock formations like the Breadknife. From the car park we looked up and could see our destination as it loomed over us. Regardless of how far away it looked we just had to do it! By the time we had reached the top the sun was getting low and the light was gorgeous. We had enough time to fly the drone around while getting some shots on the cameras. We spent the time up here in complete awe of our surroundings taking in as much as we could. Definitely worth it!

The Macha Tor walk is best done for sunrise and is accessed from Pincham Carpark like the Grand High Tops walk. I woke up nice and early to start this 6km return trek up the mountain range. I highly recommend taking a torch on this walk as it’s uneven and if done at sunrise, it’s really dark. I gained about 300m in elevation until I got to the Macha Tor hill. From here there was a vertical rock scramble to the top where I was gifted to a beautiful sunrise overlooking the Grand High Tops I had climbed the night before. As the sun came over the hills, the Grand High Tops and its surroundings turned orange in the morning light. So peaceful, so rejuvenating, and simply stunning. Here I could stop for a bite to eat while the sun rose higher and higher.

It’s easy to get immersed in the landscape here and that’s what I love about this place.

Essential Gear Required:

Camp Blackman (the biggest in the park) has fantastic showers and electricity where you can camp in your tent or bring a caravan.
  • Camping gear & tent
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera gear and tripod for astrophotography
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Map of the park
  • Lots of water

How to get there:

Warrumbungle National Park
35km west of Coonabarabran,
550km North-West of Sydney, 1.5 hours from Dubbo
and 2.5 hours from Tamworth.

Activities:

  • Bushwalking
  • Photography
  • Camping and camp fires
  • Wildlife
  • Relaxing in the sun

Skill Level:

Intermediate, but does require fitness as the majority of both walks are uphill or in some places vertical rock scrambles.

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain:

Macha Tor: Roughly 6km return / 300m approximately.
Grand High Tops: 11km return to Pincham carpark / 700m approximately.