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OPEN Warrumbungle Summits Challenge

Challenge Highlights

  • Raise vital funds for your charity
  • Undertake a multitude of walks that explore the Warrumbungle National Park's iconic scenery and unique flora and fauna
  • Enjoy stargazing and camping under the stars in Australia's only Dark Sky National Park
  • Delicious evening meals cooked by our wilderness guides
  • Summits of Mt Bluff, Mt Exmouth, Lugh's Throne and Belougery Split Rock
  • Hike into the exquisite Pilliga Sandstone Caves

Overview

The name ‘Warrumbungle’ is a Gamilaroi word meaning crooked mountains. Created over millions of years from an extinct shield volcano, the jagged volcanic silhouette of the Warrumbungles rises sharply from eucalypt-dotted ridges amid surrounding plains. Free from artificial light, the Warrumbungle National Park, is Australia's first Dark Sky Park and on clear nights you will encounter the starriest of skies. This is the backdrop of our exclusive new adventure.

On this trip we take in all the Park has to offer including hikes to the summit of Mt Bluff, Mt Exmouth, Lugh's Throne, Belougery Split Rock and famous Breadknife Gap which offer close up views of the park's iconic rock formations. Our trip concludes at the lesser known Pilliga National Park where we undertake a stunning short walk on the Sandstone Cave walking track.

This trip is not to be missed. We hope you can join us.

Challenge Grade

We believe our walking adventures are heaps of fun, and we want to ensure you have the best experience possible. It’s important to us that you have the fitness and skills to enjoy your time with us so please read on. For our full day bush walking experiences, participants require a good level of fitness and must be willing and able to walk over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. In order to complete this walk you should already have a good level of fitness and ideally undertake regular exercise three or fours times a week. Experience hill walking with a day pack is recommended. Participants will get the most out of their walk if they feel comfortable walking up and down stairs and on uneven ground.

Itinerary

To join this trip you can self drive to the Warrumbungle National Park or join the group transfer that will pick up from a Sydney's Central Station at around 7am. Early arrivals will take a short walk on the Wambelong Nature Trail where we will enjoy great views of our walk for tomorrow. A short transfer will bring us White Gum Lookout for pre-dinner snacks and sunset views of the Warrumbungles National Park. Return to our camp at Camp Walaay, where we will be based throughout the trip, for a group dinner prepared by our guides. Overnight Camp. Walking distance: 2-3km

Meals:  D

After breakfast we head to the Burbie Canyon Walk before joining the Belougery Split Rock Circuit where we will make our way up the Belougery Split Rock, the first of many summits (7km). We then return to the nearby Visitors Centre for an interpretive short walk before a short transfer or walk back to camp for a relaxing afternoon at camp. This evening after an early dinner we will enjoy a short walk to set up for some evening star gazing. Overnight Camp. Walking distance: up to 10km

Meals:  B,L,D

A fantastic full day's walk from Camp Pincham to Lugh's Throne via Balor Hut, Febar Tor (714m) and Breadknife Gap. Overnight Camp. Walking distance: 15-17km

Meals:  B,L,D

A full day hike today departing from the start of the track at Pincham Campsite to the rocky summit of Bluff Mountain (1200m) via West Spirey Creek Track. The track is long and steep in parts with some loose rock and rocky scrambles. Once on the summit of Bluff Mountain you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Mount Exmouth, Tonduron Spire and Mount Naman’s thick lava flows. It is the only point in the park where you can enjoy views of Bluff Pyramid and the vast western plains. We return via the same trail. Overnight Camp. Walking distance: 16km

Meals:  B,L,D

We have great day in store today with our aim to summit Mt Exmouth via Cathedral Arch. This long trek is also an extremely rewarding one and the 360-degree views from Mount Exmouth (1206m) are simply outstanding. Along the way to the summit, you’ll encounter a varied vegetation community, and basalt rock formations that comprise some of the few remaining pieces of the original volcanic shield. Following Mount Exmouth walking track is to walk back in time, experiencing the best that Warrumbungle National Park has to offer. Return to camp for our final night under the stars. Overnight Camp. Walking distance: 17km

Meals:  B,L,D

We have breakfast and pack up camp early this morning and depart for Pilliga National Park (approx 1 hour group transfer or self drive) where we will walk the Sandstone Caves walking track. Brunch at Pilliga Pottery Cafe before departing for Sydney.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Professional wilderness guide/s
  • 5 nights camping
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, and hot drinks
  • National Park fees
  • Optional transfer from Sydney to/from Warrumbungle National Park (or own arrangements to/from the start/end of the trip)
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking and eating equipment, camp chairs and tables
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transfers to/from the start of walks within the Warrumbungle National Park
  • Huma training manual and gear list
  • Fundraising support from setting up your online page to tips to reach your target

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Backpack/s
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal COVID-Safe face masks and hand sanitiser
  • Sleeping bag hire

What You Carry

  • On your day walks you will need to carry a daypack with your personal supplies for the day including water (2-3L), rainjacket, warm jacket, camera, snacks etc

Fundraising Impact

Step 1: Choose your charity – determine which registered charity you’d like to fund raise for.

Step 2: Choose your challenge – choose from our range of iconic Open Challenges. The Open Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, email or fax the completed form to us.

Step 3: Charity authorisation - once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization.

Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit - once you are booked on an Open Challenge we’ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing:

• Welcome Letter

• Fundraiser’s Guidebook

• Responsible Travel Guidebook

• Trip Pre-Departure Information

• Medical Form (if applicable)

• Travel Insurance document

• Travel Invoice

Step 5: Start Fundraising - now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser’s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It’s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations.

Step 6: Start Training - depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you're physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for ‘getting fit’ and some suggestions on the gear you’ll require.

Step 7: Take the Challenge - once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Open Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity.

Videos

Stargazing in Warrumbungle National Park

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
Duration:6 Days
Activities:Trekking with a daypack
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:OW2
Registration Fee:USD$160
Travel Cost:USD$160