The turn off to Nangar National Park is located 11km out from Eugowra on The Escort Way (Orange Road). There is a solar windmill at the turn that is marked by a small National Parks sign – easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled!
Follow the dirt road toward the gap in the hills, 1.5km through private property, passing a new homestead on your left, until you reach the Park entrance gate/grid.
NOTE The Park is CLOSED TO MOTOR VEHICLES IN WET WEATHER. (Doesn’t happen often!!)
Close to the entrance gate, across to the right is Terrara Creek, usually dry, beside which stands a lonely mandarin tree. This is a nice sheltered, accessible place to camp, but there are no facilities.
Continue along the dirt road until below the road on your left you’ll see stockyards and an abandoned house with outbuildings. This is Dripping Rock Homestead. Further along the road you’ll pass a shed with some old machinery in it, before the road dips down to another crossing of Terrara Creek.
Along a little way past that crossing the road forks, to the left is the track to Dripping Rock, the right hand track (marked as a fire trail) goes to Glen Echo on the other side of the range, where there is another abandoned homestead.
The Glen Echo trail is 4.1km of climbing then falling rough bush track/fire trail, possibly with wash-aways. After that, the remaining 5km of track to the summit of Mount Taylor is very stony and steep, and a great challenge for the keen orienteer!
The locally known Mount Taylor Trail continues past where the locked gate exit from the Park marks the end of the Glen Echo Trail. Do not cross the fence, but rather, head west along the fence line, up the slope until you pick up the trail
The Mount Taylor trail is not marked, and may be overgrown in places, and is definitely a motor bike, mountain bike, bridle or walking track.
The track leads to Goimbla Trig and is an invigorating climb – not for the faint hearted or unfit as the climb is steep and rough.
This is a remote and scenic trail featuring huge grass trees and rugged bush. A climb to the top will reward you with great views across the Mandagery Creek valley around to Eugowra, and across the Nangar National Park to the bluff of Mount Nangar.
To hike the whole track from Dripping Rock Homestead to the summit of Mount Taylor and return allow a whole day, with an early start.
Remember, you must return the way you came, so allow sufficient time, and always carry water with you – there is not a single drop up there!
CAMPING AND PARK INFORMATION BOARD
The road to Dripping Rock takes you through a beautiful winding gorge, with many creek crossings.
Kangaroos and wallabies are usually seen in the gorge, and on the grassed creek flats, especially in the late afternoon. Feral goats may also be seen amongst the cliffs and scrub along the walls of the gorge.
There is a new well-marked camping ground beside the creek on your right as you head up towards Dripping Rock. An information Board is provided there, also composting toilets.
Dripping Rock is the remains of a basalt dyke over which Terrara creek flows.
After rain there is a waterfall, but usually there is just a trickle or a drip – hence the name.
Either side of Dripping Rock the steep sides of the gorge give the place a mystical feel, especially late in the afternoon.
MOUNT NANGAR LOOKOUT
The steep climb of the road beside Dripping Rock is clear evidence of the need for four wheel drive beyond this point.
From Dripping Rock the road is VERY rough & stony, and winds through pine forest, climbing up and round the back of the Nangar escarpment.
After some rough travel you’ll reach a fork in the road. The left fork continues 4.2 km to the top.
(The right fork takes you out to the south-eastern boundary of the Park)
Mount Nangar is the red silt- stone bluff which can best be seen from the Eugowra-Orange road (Escort Way) as you pass through the Murga area. The ends of the horseshoe shaped cliff line meet the road east and west of Murga. This is an artist’s paradise. The Nangar National Park consists mainly of the rocky slopes running away from Murga, back from the horseshoe cliff line down to Terrara Creek.
Mount Nangar is marked with a trig, and has a lookout area with safety railings. The view is spectacular, looking north toward the Goobang Range, east toward Orange and Mount Conobolis and south east toward the Conimbla Range. Eagles and falcons will soar above your head, and the wind will sweep you off your feet. Feels like the top of the world. Never fear, the return trip will bring you back to earth!
LONGS CORNER ROAD EXIT
From Dripping Rock the road is very rough & stony, and winds through pine forest, climbing up and round the back of the Nangar escarpment.
After some rough travel you’ll reach a fork in the road. The left fork takes you to the top, while the right fork takes you out to the south-eastern boundary of the Park, (eastern exit), through private property with gates and grids, and eventually brings you out onto Longs Corner Road, which takes you to Orange (turn left) or Canowindra (turn right).
A short distance along Longs Corner Road toward Canowindra will bring you to Nanami Lane. Nanami Lane can be followed west to transect the small southern remote corner of Nangar National Park, which includes a stony creek (usually dry) and shady areas suitable for bush camping.
Please leave all gates as you find them – if they’re open, leave them open. If they’re shut, shut them after you go through. THANK YOU
NANGAR HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
Nangar National Park was gazetted in August 1983, and consisted of 1550 hectares. In October 1998 another 1942 hectares were added, and in March 1993, another 567.3 hectares.
The final area of the Park was reached in 1994 when the 5137 hectares of Nangar State Forest was added, bringing the total area to 9196.3 hectares.
The Park has significant natural beauty and heritage value.
Firstly, the park was once part of the Wiradjury people’s territory, and signs of their occupation are evident throughout the Park.
The first Europeans to travel through the area were the early explorers: George Evans in 1815, John Oxley in 1818 and Thomas Mitchell in 1836.
By the 1860’s bushrangers were using the mountainous terrain of the Goimbla Range to hide out between raids on coaches and Squatters. Two notable examples were the Gold Escort Robbery by Frank Gardiner’s Gang in June 1862 and the Hall Gang’s raid on Goimbla Station in November of the same year. Much of the turmoil was due to conflict between settlers and Squatters, the latter whose rights and wrongs were protected by the traps (police).
Early squatters and settlers in and around the Park included the Clements, Agostinelli, Noble, Niven, Kirby, Bryon, Norris, Dixon, Parker, Crowe, Gransden, Welsh, Shepherd, Price and Cassey families.
The Dripping Rock Homestead, outbuildings and a school were built in the 1930’s by the Cassey family, descendants of the Agostinelli family, and the Glen Echo trail was the access route of choice to Orange for the families living in the Mount Pleasant area.
The Dripping Rock School was established on the property in the 1930s and operated for about fifteen years until the Cassey family moved into the Eugowra township to live.
Shortages of water, and droughts broken by flooding rains eventually drove farming from the Park area, but not before pigs, cattle and sheep had been raised there.
Mr Lester West was the last owner of the Dripping Rock property before it was sold to become part of the Nangar National Park.
VEGETATION, ANIMALS AND BIRDS
Five main vegetation communities exist.
- White box woodland, found on the low, sheltered slopes.
- Blakely’s Red Gum and White Cypress woodland in sheltered gullies
- Red Stringybark (Scribbly Gum) woodland on the low, dryer slopes
- Mugga Ironbark and Red Stringybark woodland on the sheltered slopes
- Tumbledown Gum woodland on the rocky exposed areas.
Many beautiful flowering plants can be seen especially in spring.
Many species of birds are found in the Park including the beautiful Turquoise Parrot.
Large mammals such as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Euros and a variety of wallaby are abundant in the Park.
Below is the NPWS brochure on Nangar National Park
The horseshoe shaped 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.
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