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December 2012

Coolah Tops National Park
Coolah Tops National Park is about 30 kilometres by road from Coolah. The road is a good, single-lane bitumen road until the turn-off to the national park when it reverts to gravel. The road from the turnoff climbing steadily up to the national park is acceptable but a succession of open drains across the road surface can make the going slow. The surroundings are open grazing land with many cattle and goats grazing.

Coolah Tops Nat Pk Open eucalyptus forest just inside the entrance to Coolah Tops National Park.

Kangaroo Kangaroo watching an approaching vehicle, apparently without concern.

Snow gums Different tree species dominate different parts of the park. These white trunk eucalyptus are in a different part to the trees in the first photograph which have thicker, rough back.

The Coolah Tops National Park is situated in the Great Dividing Range where the Liverpool and Warrambungle Ranges meet. Most of the park is on a plateau at an elevation of 1050 to 1220 metres; it has been described as sub-alpine. Road access is at the western end; the contrast as a visitor enters the park along the road through open grazing land and is surrounded by tall gum trees is striking. The park is characterised by forests of different tree species in different parts.

Roads within the park are gravel, in good condition and allowing access to much of the park, there are several camping areas and a number of walking tracks. Lookouts on the edge of the plateau offer views over agricultural land in adjacent valleys.

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