Western Ridge walk Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 6km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Old Coach Rd, Mutawintji

  • End: Old Coach Rd, Mutawintji

  • Location: Mutawintji National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 1,271 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -31.2677775

  • Longitude: 142.2850605

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Western Ridge walk is a 6km, grade 5 circuit hike, located in the Mutawintji National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Also known as Sunset Ridge trail, it's a spectacular hike if you're into rugged scenery and enjoy a challenging walk. Very steep in sections, however the breathtaking scenic views in every direction make it well worth the effort. Time this walk in the afternoon for one of the most beautiful sunsets you're likely to experience.
Following the red markers as you climb the ridge, look for wedge tailed eagles and pink cockatoos. A birdwatching paradise, corellas and finches are often seen flitting through the mallee scrub.
As you clamber up, drink in the views all around you. From the vast western desert plains to the dramatic gorges and rich red ochres of the Byngnano Range to the east, you'll feel on top of the world. For more big sky views, try the Bynguano Range walking track.

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.

Getting there

On entering Mutawintji National Park, Western Ridge walk starts near Homestead Creek campground. Parking Parking is available at Homestead Creek campground.


In wet weather, access within the park maybe closed, and the public roads are susceptible to weather closures. Please check with the park office before you head out.
If you're planning to watch the sunset on Western Ridge walk, please take a torch with you.
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.

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