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If you're after a rock-hopping adventure, be sure to try Rockholes loop walking track, off the Homestead Gorge trail in Mutawintji National Park in western NSW. It's a short but steep walking loop for the nimble footed seeking an extra side of scenic view.
Strolling along the creek lined with river red gums, you'll discover an array of Aboriginal rock art and engravings amongst the maze of overhangs and rock faces. This area teems with wildlife and is home to the only known colony of the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.
Reaching the top of the steep ascent, soak in the scenic desert views over the rugged Homestead Gorge and the fiery red Bynguano Range. Picnic beside the dark and mysterious rockpools before heading back.
For those wanting an extra challenge, take the Bynguano Range walking track. Either way, you'll welcome a lazy night around the campfire under the stars.
About the region
The ancient landscape of Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill, is rich in Aboriginal history. Explore bushwalks and camp under the outback night sky. Visiting Mutawintji National Park in the NSW outback is a uniquely Australian experience. You’ll find a ruggedly beautiful desert region showing evidence of continuous use by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Dominated by the Bynguano Ranges, whose vibrant red colour dramatically captures changes in the light, this outback park is home to the famous hand stencil art of local Aboriginal communities as well as many other important cultural and historic sites.
Rockholes loop walking track is an extension of the Thaakalatjika Mingkana walking track in Mutawintji National Park. To get there follow the road to Homestead Creek campground then follow the signs to the Taaakalatjika Mingkana walking track. Road quality Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mutawintji National Park can become boggy when it rains. Parking Parking is available at Homestead Creek campground.
Before setting out in the wilderness area, please register with the ranger or contact the Broken Hill office on (08) 8080 3200.
Outback NSW can be very hot in summer. If travelling at this time be well prepared for the extreme conditions.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch
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.