The conservation area covers 1057 hectares and parts of it have been a flora and fauna reserve since 1920.
Goonoowigall State Conservation Area (pronounced gunny-wiggle) is an Aboriginal work meaning – wallaby rock.
This scenic granite country has low hills and large boulders marking the skyline. The main entrance is located on the Tingha Road, 5km south of Inverell.
The conservation area has a number of attractive picnic spots and 10kms of walking tracks are provided to points of scenic and historic interest.
There are three popular walking tracks for you to choose, each starting from the car park. These include: The Nhunta Karra Kara Track, a 2km return journey with signs that tell of the lives of Aboriginal families who made Goonoowigall their home in the 1900s to the 1960s. Thunderbolts Circuit is a 4km return trip. This track is a good introduction to Goonoowigall and gives access to a third walking track along Middle Creek. It is steep in places but generally suits walkers of all ages. The Middle Creek Track is 5km one way. This is the long track and roughly follows Middle Creek. A marked side track will take you to Goonoowigall Falls on Middle Creek, or at the southern end there is the option to turn off to the ruins of historic Ferndale Village.
Travelers should bring their own drinking water.