Sunny winter days are great for exploring our natural environment. The picturesque Mullion Falls on the outskirts of Orange is a great day trip from Parkes and recent work at the site make it now a much easier walk.
The $15,000 upgrades are part of the biggest visitor infrastructure investment in the history of NSW national parks, with the NSW Government investing $257 million to roll out 170 projects across the national parks estate.
Part of the Central Mines Trail to the falls in the Mullion Range State Conservation Area was upgraded and completed in time for the July school holidays. NPWS Manager, Central West Area, Fiona Buchanan, said the last 150m of the track had become very eroded. “We’ve upgraded the track surface of the steep final section to make it safer for our visitors, using local stone to reshape and profile the steps on the trail so they blend into the surrounding landscape. Besides making the track safer, the works have also improved the view over the falls.”
The works also include improved trail signage as well as removing weeds like willow and blackberry. There are now great views of the falls which can be seen from the top of the trail, from the mid-trail rock platform and the final rock platform 50m above Summer Hill Creek.