Mount Canobolas is a dormant volcano that formed millions of years of ago, when Australia was sitting over a hotspot in the earth's crust. It is part of the Brigooda-Oberon chain that stretches 800km from southeast Queensland to near Oberon in New South Wales.
The last eruption was eleven million years ago when lava spewed from the main vent and up to thirty vents in the surrounding area. Today, Mount Canobolas is an extinct volcano and is the highest mountain in the region with an elevation of 1,390 metres above sea level.
It is home to rich soil, high altitude and cool climate, making it an ideal environment for an array of plants and wildlife. It also features many great picnic spots, several walking tracks including the popular Federal Falls Walking Track, and a campground.
Mount Canobolas' name comes from two Aboriginal words, "Gaahna Bula" meaning "two shoulders" which refers to the summits of Mount Canobolas and Young Man Canobolas.
This geological feature also exhibits erosional characteristics that are dominated by several remnant peaks and additional volcanic features presenting within the zone of volcanic influence, including vents, dykes, peaks, domes and plugs.
From the summit, spectacular and breathtaking 360-degree views can be seen, and in winter the peak is often snow-capped. At the top of the mountain, there is a number of towers that are used for communications, radio and television transmissions.
The peak and nearby areas contain several significant indigenous sites, including rock carving, an axe-grinding site and campsites.
Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area makes for the perfect outing as well as a great spot to recharge with its fresh country air, wildflower displays (in spring), nature activities, and peaceful surrounds.