Gundabooka NP Loop
- Written by Simon Bayliss (Red Dirt Studio) Simon Bayliss (Red Dirt Studio)
- Published: 26 February 2008 26 February 2008
- Last Updated: 06 January 2018 06 January 2018
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Mt Gundabooka (Alt 500m) lies within the magnificent rust coloured cliffs and gorges of the Gundabooka range - a region with great significance to the Ngiyampa people for ceremonial gatherings and culturally significant rock art.
Gundabooka National Park is great for hiking and bird-watching and there is a small camping area accessible by car.A new day-use area, (BBQ's, toilets and picnic area) has opened at Bennett's Gorge.
Bounded to the north by the Darling River, the park features open plains and a beautiful creek-fed gorge. There are three access points to the horseshoe shaped Mt Gundabooka, for walks and picnics. The Mulgowan (Yapa) Art Site Walk is an easy trail along a small rocky bluff to the rock pools and river gums of Mulareenya Creeks.
The Little Mountain trail features vistas of Mt Gundabooka along an interpretive walk through Dry Tank, which is also an ideal camping spot. The Valley of the Eagles walking trail is an easy 1 km hike to the base of Mt Gundabooka.
A new day-use area, (BBQ's, toilets and picnic area) has opened at Bennett's Gorge.
The Darling River forms its northern boundary, the park features open plains and a beautiful creek-fed gorge. Access to the horseshoe shaped Mt Gundabooka is via 3 access points and are ideal for walks and picnics.
1) Mulgowan (Yapa) Art Site Walk: A wonderful easy trail which allows the visitor to walk across a small rocky bluff and into the Mulareenya Creek full of rock pools river gums and moving rock art on some of the overhangs. The Mulgowan (Yapa) Art Site Walk is an easy trail along a small rocky bluff to the rock pools and river gums of Mulareenya Creeks.
2) Dry Tank: Providing a wonderful setting for camping, the Dry Tank area is also an ideal picnic spot as it is here that the Little Mountain trail provides a wonderful vista of Mt Gundabooka via well marked interpretive walk.
3) Ngama Malyan (Valley of the Eagle): Bennett's Gorge on the western side of Mt Gundabooka is the starting point for the Valley of the Eagles walking trail. The easy 1 km walk leads to a wonderful picnic spot at the bas of Mt Gubdabooka.
The area of Gundabooka is the country of the Ngemba and Barkinji people. In addition to the area being vital for stone, water, food and medicine; it also hold major significance in terms of ceremony and creation.
Access to the park is via a dry weather road, 50 km south of Bourke off the Kidman Highway.
See the Gundabooka National Park page for more information on this amazing National Park.
Bourke <> Gundabooka National Park - Distance = 66km - about 45 mins (one way)
Route: Kidman Way (Sealed) to park entrance.
Gundabooka National Park < > Louth - Distance = 52km - about 1 hr 15 mins
Route: Kidman Way (Sealed) - Louth-Bourke Rd (Dry weather road).