Starting from the car park at the end of Pincham Road, Warrumbungle, this return walk takes you to the Fans Horizon lookout atop the Balgatan Mountain and back via a singular track. 1000 steps for one of the best sunrises/sunsets you’ll ever see. This is what this journey is all about. Relatively short but quite intense, this track features exceptional views over the Grand High Tops, letting you inspect the uniquely shaped mountains and volcanic rock spires from the sandstone cliffs of Balgatan Mountain. If you manage to pull your head down and stop looking at the lovely scenery, you may spot some interesting wildflowers such as golden wattles and orchids. Come in spring to maximise your chance of seeing multiple species. Early mornings are a great way to avoid the crowd and the heat. A moderate level of fitness is recommended as a thousand steps should not be underestimated. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to John Renshaw Parkway, 1 then drive for 28.3 km
Turn right onto John Renshaw Parkway, 1 and drive for another 14.1 km
Turn right and drive for another 830 m
Turn sharp right and drive for another 145 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park at the end of Pincham Road, pass through the bollard and immediately turn right. Head along the dirt track as you pass by an informational signpost with a little green metal roof on it (to your left). Stay on the designated track and start heading up the 1000 steps to continue along Fans Horizon Track.....
Directions & comments
Then head down the steps (about 20 m long)
There is a car park (about 30 m back from the start).
Find the temporary toilet at the start.
After another 30 m pass the sign (on your right).
At the intersection of Grand High Tops Track & Fans Horizon trail turn right, to head along Fans Horizon trail (a walking track).
After another 80 m cross the ford.
After another 335 m head up the surface|gravel steps (about 1.1 km long)
After another 205 m turn right, to head along Fans Horizon trail.
Then come to the "Fan's Horizon" (30 m on your left).
After another 120 m come to "Look out".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.8 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)