Bluff Mountain
Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi & Wailwan Country

6 h, 8 h to 2 days

15.7 km
return

↑ 958 m
↓ -958 m

Hard track
Starting from the car park at the end of Pincham Road, Warrumbungle, this walk takes you to the summit of Bluff Mountain and back. Expect a demanding yet adventurous journey that will reward you with remarkably panoramic views of Warrumbungle NP. Mount Exmouth, Naman and Tonduron Spire look fantastic from the top, along with an exclusive view of the Bluff Pyramid. You can push it and do it in a single day, or take your time and enjoy every viewpoint to the fullest. The historic Balor Hut is a great place to stay with its toilets and wood heater (need to bring your own wood). Alternatively, you can stay at Dows camp and immerse yourself in nature. Keep in mind that there are no facilities there, and a booking is required (for both sites). Take at least 2 litres of water with you and remember to protect yourself from the sun. This walk requires a high level of fitness. Let us begin by acknowledging the Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi & Wailwan people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.2961514,148.9946129)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Newell Highway, A39, Coonabarabran.
  • Turn on to Cassilis Street then drive for 225 m
  • Turn right onto Robertson Street and drive for another 235 m
  • Turn left onto Dalgarno Street, 1 and drive for another 230 m
  • Turn right onto Namoi Street, 1 and drive for another 360 m
  • Turn left onto Eden Street, 1 and drive for another 32.1 km
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 830 m
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 80 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 80 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Pincham Road, pass through the bollard and head for the informational signpost with a little green metal roof on it along the dirt path. Keep moving in the same direction as you pass by the said signpost (to your right) and a memorial (to your left). Follow the signage for “Bluff Mtn.” to continue along the Bluff Mountain Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Temporary toilet (about 55 m back from the start).
Pincham Car Park (about 40 m back from the start).
Find the bollard at the start.
After another 15 m veer left, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 30 m pass the sign (on your right).
At the intersection of Grand High Tops Track & Fans Horizon trail continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 180 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m pass the "Camp Pincham" (35 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 45 m pass the shelter (35 m on your left).
After another 7 m come to the "Camp Pincham" (40 m on your left).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 195 m cross the ford.
After another 210 m continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 60 m cross the Bridge 1 (about 15 m long)
After another 215 m cross the Bridge 2 (about 15 m long)
After another 110 m veer right, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of West Spirey Creek Track & Grand High Tops Track) continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 315 m cross the Bridge 3 (about 10 m long)
The starting point of an alternate route. This alternate route takes you along the Gould's Circuit, visiting the Febar Tor and Macha Tor along the way. This detour may set you back around 35 minutes. To take the alternate route turn left here. Details below.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 320 m cross the Bridge 4 (about 20 m long)
After another 330 m continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
The alternate route finishes here. Turn left to rejoin the main route at the 2.5 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 165 m (at the intersection of Grand High Tops Track & Gould's Circuit) continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 30 m cross the Bridge 5 (about 20 m long)
After another 305 m cross the Bridge 6 (about 25 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional little side trip taking you to the Spirey View lookout. This viewpoint offers great views of the volcanic mountains around, as well as the well-known Breadknife and Belougery Spire. Eagle Waterfall can be seen as well depending on the weather and water flow. This side trip will take less then 5 minutes out & back. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 8 m cross the Bridge 7 (about 10 m long)
After another 85 m cross the Bridge 8 (about 6 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to Hurleys camp, a remote and basic campsite along Spirey Creek. You may catch a glimpse of the Eagle Waterfall on your way. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Grand High Tops Track & Hurleys Track) continue straight, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 235 m pass a "Wilsons Rest" (35 m on your left)., has no backrest.
Veer right, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 380 m pass the "Sreng Boss" (60 m on your left).
After another 105 m head up the surface|wood steps (about 110 m long)
Then pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an alternate route. This alternate route lets you get a closer look at the incredible Breadknife and other rock formations in the Grand High Tops area. Will take around 10 more minutes than the Dagda Shortcut, excluding the time you may spend taking in the views. To take the alternate route veer left here. Details below.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Dagda Short Cut & Grand High Tops Track) turn right, to head along Dagda Short Cut.
Then head down the surface|wood steps
After another 100 m pass the "Ruarden Tor" (95 m on your right).
Then come to the "Balor Hut" (7 m on your right).
Then pass the water tap (9 m on your right).
After another 450 m pass the "The Breadknife" (35 m on your left).
Then come to the "Breadknife Gap" (75 m on your left).
After another 65 m pass the "The Butter Knife" (80 m on your left).
After another 55 m pass the "The Fish Knife" (135 m on your left).
After another 40 m come to the viewpoint.
The alternate route finishes here. Continue straight to rejoin the main route at the 5.6 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 540 m (Dagda Gap) veer right, to head along Dagda Bluff Corner Track.
After another 970 m (at the intersection of Nuada Saddle Track & Dagda Bluff Corner Track) turn left, to head along Bluff Mountain Track.
Then come to the "Dows Camp" (30 m on your right).
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 1.3 km come to "Bluff Mountain".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 7.9 km to get back to the start.

This alternate route takes you along the Gould's Circuit, visiting the Febar Tor and Macha Tor along the way. This detour may set you back around 35 minutes.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 45 m cross the ford.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 570 m cross the ford.
After another 560 m pass the "Febar Tor" (45 m on your right).
Then come to the "Febar Tor" (45 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Gould's Circuit.
After another 700 m turn left, to head along Gould's Circuit.
After another 45 m pass the "Macha Tor" (35 m on your right).
After another 990 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

This alternate route lets you get a closer look at the incredible Breadknife and other rock formations in the Grand High Tops area. Will take around 10 more minutes than the Dagda Shortcut, excluding the time you may spend taking in the views.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Grand High Tops Track & Dagda Short Cut Start heading along Grand High Tops Track (a walking track).
After 400 m pass the "The Breadknife" (30 m on your right).
After another 40 m come to the "Breadknife Gap" (40 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Grand High Tops Track.
After another 110 m pass the "Lugh's Wall" (20 m on your right).
After another 205 m come to the "Lugh's Throne".
After another 400 m pass the "Finnola Pinnacle" (80 m on your left).
Continue another 225 m to find Dagda Gap at the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

This optional side trip takes you to Hurleys camp, a remote and basic campsite along Spirey Creek. You may catch a glimpse of the Eagle Waterfall on your way.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Grand High Tops Track & path to Hurleys Camp Start heading along path to Hurleys Camp (a walking track).
After 230 m pass the "Eagle Waterfall" (60 m on your left).
After another 345 m come to "Hurleys Camp".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 570 m to the main route.

An optional little side trip taking you to the Spirey View lookout. This viewpoint offers great views of the volcanic mountains around, as well as the well-known Breadknife and Belougery Spire. Eagle Waterfall can be seen as well depending on the weather and water flow. This side trip will take less then 5 minutes out & back.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 130 m veer left.
After another 9 m come to "Spirey View Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Spirey View Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 135 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bluff Mountain


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 15.7 km
Time 6 h, 8 h to 2 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 4.2 km apart with the largest gap of 9.1 km.

Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.2 km apart with the largest gap of 15.5 km.

Toilet: There is one -56 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 5.2 km apart with the largest gap of 11.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-56 mtemporary toilet
Shelter
230 mCamp Pincham
Shelter
275 m[shelter]
Camp site
285 mCamp Pincham
Camp site
3.6 kmHurleys Camp
Camp site
6.6 kmDows Camp
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