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Towarri National Park and Wingen Maid Nature Reserve cover a rugged part of the Liverpool Range and contain an incredible variety of plants and wildlife including Snow Gums, Grass Trees, Spinifex and River Oak. Towarri is located just 21kms from Scone. If you are keen on bird-watching, look out for Powerful Owls, Gliders, Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Kingfishers, Glossy Black Cockatoos and Rosellas. Enjoy the Washpools campsite and picnic area with basic facilities provided.
A must see attraction that all ages can enjoy. Burning mountain is one of only three underground naturally burning coal seams in the world. The slowly burning coal seam is believed to be 30m under the surface and evidence of it’s affect on the landscape can be seen on the surface. Located just 20 km north of Scone, a guided walking track leads you from the car park to the viewing platform at the top of Burning Mountain for a safe vantage point to view the exhaust vents and rock.
Wilderness, rainforest, wild rivers, steep ridges are words that describe the magnificent World Heritage listed Barrington Tops. Barrington Tops National Park lies north of Newcastle and between Scone, Dungog and Gloucester. The area appeals to those simply wanting to take it easy and enjoy the view and to others seeking adventure in wild and scenic country.
Adrian Good, a keeper at Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops area of Australia's New South Wales, holds "Scooter" a 14-month old Tasmanian Devil. At Devil Ark a group of endangered Tasmanian Devils are being taught to forage in the wild as researchers race to defeat a contagious cancer threatening the species with extinction. (AFP Photo/Greg Wood)