Torrington State Conservation Area

Whether you’re a keen bush walker, birdwatcher, fossicker, 4WD enthusiast or just a nature lover who likes to get away from it all, Torrington State Conservation Area has options for pretty much everyone.

Sprawling across the rugged Mole Tableland, the dry forests and woodlands are scattered with scenic rock outcrops and balancing boulders, gorges, swamps and small creeks. From September to March the bush becomes a blaze of colour with spectacular wildflower displays.

Explore by 4WD or head out by foot on trails like the Thunderbolts lookout walking track and you’ll get dramatic 360º views of the surrounding tablelands. Spark your imagination as you admire the stunning rock formations on the Mystery Face walking track.

Or go back in time to the bygone mining era as you try your luck fossicking for semi-precious gemstones at the creek near Blatherarm campground and picnic area.

Thunderbolts Lookout Walking Track

Thunderbolts lookout walking track meanders through the bush from Nomads picnic area along a well-defined trail. The last 200m is mostly steps which climb through a rock shelter and up a steep 5m metal ladder; it’s a challenging climb, but one where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Named after the famous local bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, the lookout offers spectacular 360° panoramic views.

Mystery Face Walking Track

The Mystery Face walking track takes you through open woodland and past remarkable granite rock formations. Awaken your imagination and see what shapes and figures you can see along the way. The Mystery Face itself will be revealed towards the end of the loop track. Worn over time by erosion or created by humans, we’re not sure, but it serves as a fascinating reminder of the ancient Aboriginal heritage of this area.

Ugly Corner Falls Walking Track

Meandering through the bush and along the creek, this walk is a fantastic way to get back to nature and experience unique plants and animals of Torrington State Conservation Area. You’ll begin your walk on the old fire trail to the Oaky Creek. After a bit of rock hopping and a creek crossing the well-defined track takes you through wooded bush scattered with grass trees. After approximately 1.5km you’ll arrive at Ugly Corner Falls. Best viewed after rain, they provide a tranquil spot to take in the scenery and peaceful surroundings before you head back the same way.

Park Facilities

  • Information Signs
  • Camping
  • Picnic Areas
  • Barbeque
  • Toilets
  • Walking Tracks
  • Cultural Site
  • Lookouts
  • Fossicking

Opening Hours

7 Days

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Phone:02 6736 4298
Address:Stannum Road
Torrington NSW 2371