WEDDIN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - ORANGE REGION
[su_quote]An ancient island of bushland rising up out a a sea of agriculture, it is rich in wildlife and history and a great place to go camping, birdwatching and bushwalking.[/su_quote]
The Weddin Range rises sharply on both the northern and eastern sides with dramatic orange and ochre cliffs. In between the cliffs the plateau descends gradually to the west and is carved by many gullies.
The Weddin mountains are a crescent shaped formation that rise more than 400 metres above the surrounding plains. Almost all of the range is covered by the Weddin Mountains National Park.
- The park covers 8,361 hectares
- The rock formations are composed of sandstones, silt stones and shale
- A massive geological event between 350 and 370 million years ago uplifted the sediments forming the twisted and rugged mountains
- Today the site shows how millions of years of weathering and erosion have created a much more subdued landscape
- Vegetation varies from dense scrubland on the plateau, to woodlands on the slopes and open forest around the base of the mountains
- The wildlife includes grey kangaroo, wallaby, wallaroo and rare species of peregrine falcons, superb parrots and regent honeyeaters.
- Over 150 species of birds live in the Weddin Mountains
- It is believed that Weddin may have derived from the aboriginal word for stop or remain.
- The mountains are in the Wiradjuri people's territory and there are many signs of their long occupation
More about Ben Hall
- Outlaws Ben Hall, John O'Meally and John Bow used the mountains to hide out between 1861 and 1865. Other outlaws such as Johnny Gilbert and Frank Gardner were attracted to the area after the discovery of gold
- The park is a little west of Grenfell and approximately 430km drive from Sydney
- Camping and picnic areas are located near Seatons Farm and Holy Camp.
Now part of the Weddin Mountain National Park it was acquired as an important example of vernacular architecture, utilising only those materials that were readily available. Built from second-hand iron, sawmill off cuts, mud and hand cut timber it was home to the Seaton family for 25 years and shows what can be achieved with limited funds and is typical of how many small farms were 50 to 100 years ago.
Photo by Mountain/Ash
For more information contact:
National Parks and Wildlife Forbes
Camp Street, Forbes
Ph 02 6851 4429
PO Box 774, Forbes NSW 2871
Open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
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