The Jingga track is located within the Dharwal National Park, in a small town called Wedderburn. Dharwal National Park is one of the youngest of the national parks in NSW, established in 2012. This place is sacred to the Dharwel Aboriginal people with many sacred sites around, especially by the water.
You can access this park easily by non-offroading vehicles and there are no park fees. There are toilets at the start of the walk but no other along the way. You can also find some picnic tables at the beginning of the walk amongst the bushes.
Starting the Jingga Walk
The Jingga Walk starts from the carpark and follows a sealed road for the start at the track. You will pass the start of the walk for Minerva Pools and follow the path until you reach the second track on the right. There will be a sign that directs you to the start of the trail, opposite a seat. You will follow this path down towards another gate where you will then notice a drastic descend.
The walk is recommended for those with a good fitness level and balance. The path is unsealed and the steep decline and loose gravel can lead to falls or injury. The start of the descent will give you a good indication of what most of the walk will be like. If you aren't good with hills, maybe consider sitting this one out or just take your time and pack plenty of water.
Continuing The Jingga Track
Proceeding down the first steep section, you'll then follow around a corner and then proceed downwards. You will notice some stairs to the right of the track as you near the bottom, continue straight along the fire trail to reach Jingga Pools. From the stairs, the walk to the bottom is only a few minutes further down the track.
Following The Stairs
If curiosity got the better of you, you'll be wanting to know where those stairs lead. If you follow the steep path down, it will take you directly to the water's edge, upstream from Jingga pools. The path is rather overgrown in some places and leads in two different directions. Turning left will take you further upstream with some nice views of the upper river. Turning right will take you along the large rock formations. Small caves line the rocks where people have made some chairs and a table using the natural stone.
You can try to attempt to follow the river down to reach the pools but there is no clear path or signs. We'd recommend heading back the way you came to ensure you don't spend the night lost in Dharwal National Park.
Take your time on the hike back up the steep hill and remember to pack plenty of water. The walk back up should hopefully be faster by requires more energy. If you are looking for other like-minded people to join you on this walk, check out our community page to invite others out on your adventure or ask advice. While in the park if you still have the energy or decided to skip the steep hills, checkout Minvera Pools for a gorgeous sacred swimming spot! Happy exploring!