Gundabooka National Park

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Introduction

The awesome scale and quiet grandeur of outback New South Wales is laid out before you at Gundabooka National Park, 90 minutes’ drive from Bourke in the state’s far west. Stretching from the banks of the Darling River to the Gunderbooka Range, this is a majestic landscape of woodlands, flood plains and sandhills, spread out beneath the ancient and watchful eye of 500-metre Mount Gunderbooka. This is traditional Ngemba country, and traces of their long-held association with the land can be found on the Mulareenya Creek Art Site Track (1 km return, 30 minutes), which leads to an impressive display of Aboriginal rock art.

Other walks include the Bennetts Gorge picnic area walk (1 km return, easy), which will take you to the foot of Mount Gunderbooka; and Little Mountain Track (4.8 km return, 3 hours), which meanders through mulga woodlands and up to the summit of Little Mountain, from where you can gaze across the northern escarpment of Gunderbooka Range.

Observant visitors will be rewarded with sights of grazing red, eastern grey or western grey kangaroos. Look to the skies for glimpses of majestic wedge-tailed eagles around Mount Gunderbooka, as well as red-tailed black-cockatoos and brightly coloured eastern ringneck parrots – just a few of the more than 130 bird species recorded in the park.

Visitors can enjoy a picnic at Bennetts Gorge, Dry Tank or Mulgowan picnic areas, and there is a campsite at Dry Tank. Facilities are basic, and you’ll need to bring your own water. Comfortable accommodation is available at the restored Belah Shearer’s Quarters, or Redbank Homestead, both within the park. Fees apply.

Fact file

Camping

Dry Tank; basic facilities; fees apply; bring drinking water

Location and access

830 km north-west of Sydney; 70 km south-west of Bourke via The Kidman Way (State Route 87), from entrance road is unsealed and closed in wet weather

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • NPWS Bourke (02) 6872 2744

Size

63 902 ha

Visitor information

Bourke (02) 6872 1321

Campsites

Dry Tank camping area

Follow Kidman Way 50 km south of Bourke and turn right onto the main park road; alternatively, turn onto East Toorale Rd 10 km south of Bourke and follow the signs. There’s a 2.4 km walk from here leading to a... Find out more


Yanda camping area

Camp right on the Darling River at this newly established site on the north-western side of Louth Rd. From Bourke, head south along the Kidman Way and turn right onto Louth Rd. Follow the road about 45 km and watch for a... Find out more


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