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Hopetoun Falls walking track offers a short but thrilling adventure for the intrepid traveller looking for solitude in a stunning natural setting. This walking track crosses one of the less explored parts of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area.
Though it begins at Federal Falls campground, it quickly diverges into snow gum grassy woodland as you move downhill, away from any visitors. The track then graduates into rocky heathland before brushing up against a peaceful creek - perfect for a refreshing splash. Cross the creek via the bridge and then follow the trail as it leaps over a small hill and down into a final steep descent which brings you all the way to a pleasant area overlooking Hopetoun Falls.
Settle down in cool woodlands with a packed picnic lunch or pull out your binoculars for a spot of birdwatching. Just be sure to bring plenty of water and wear sturdy footwear as this walk is suitable for people with hiking experience. Its modest challenges deliver a great afternoon reward.
About the region
Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area offers birdwatching, walking, scenic views, pretty picnic areas and a great campground; a top choice for a weekend getaway. The majestic Mount Canobolas is a dormant volcano that formed millions of years ago when Australia was sitting over a hotspot in the earth's crust. It is part of the Brigooda-Oberon chain that stretches 800km from southeast Queensland to near Oberon in NSW and last erupted eleven million years ago, spewing lava from the main vent and up to 30 vents in the surrounding area. With its rich soil, high altitude and cool climate, it’s the perfect environment for a range of plants and animals. There are great places to picnic and a number of walking tracks, plus the park is only a short drive from Orange so it makes for a great daytrip. If you feel like a weekend getaway, there’s also a campground that offers basic facilities in a pretty setting, right near the start of the Federal Falls walking track.
On entering Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area:Follow Mount Canobolas Road before turning right onto Towac RoadFederal Falls campground is on the rightTake the northern entrance to Federal Falls walking track for about 400m to the start of Hopetoun Falls walking track Parking Parking is available at Federal Falls campground.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching
The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please be well-prepared for your visit.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.