Currawinya National Park

Currawinya National Park, Wayne Lawler / Auscape International
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Currawinya National Park, set in rugged mulga country, protects a significant wetland system. There are two large lakes, Numalla and Wyara, which together with the Paroo River, its seasonal waterholes and other smaller semipermanent lakes, are a significant bird habitat and a wildlife refuge during drought. More than 200 bird species have been recorded here – around 280 000 birds have been recorded on the lakes at one time. Lake Numalla is fresh water, preferred by large waders and other species that feed on fish and shrimp, including pied cormorants, white-necked herons, Australian white ibis, spoonbills and Pacific black ducks. Lake Wyara, less than 3 kilometres away, is saline and attracts thousands of plant-eating birds, such as black swans, Eurasian coots, purple swamphens and many species of duck. Many migratory waders stop here, including the great egret, glossy ibis, black-tailed godwit, and common greenshank. Other wildlife drawn to the water includes emus, and red and eastern grey kangaroos. A bilby colony is protected by a predator-proof fence.

Apart from birdwatching, you can canoe and swim in the lakes, picnic on the shores of Lake Numalla and fish at sites specified by the ranger (it is an 85-km, 4WD-only return trip from the ranger station to the lakes). Farming relics dot the landscape, reminders of the 1860s when the area was a pastoral property. Old Caiwarro homestead includes building ruins.

There are no designated walking tracks, and park visitors must come with five days' extra food and fuel in case of rain and stranding. Bush camping is allowed at four sites throughout the park: one at Ourimperee Waterhole, and three along the Paroo River near Caiwarro.

Fact file


Four bush camping areas; permit and fees apply

Location and access

217 km north-west of Bourke, NSW; 170 km south-west of Cunnamulla; 4WD recommended

Park information

NPRSR 13 7468


154 870 ha

Visitor information

Cunnamulla (07) 4655 8470

See Also


Caiwarro Waterhole camping area (bush camping)

This bush camping area on the south bank of the Paroo River, west of the Caiwarro Homestead ruins, is suitable only for self-sufficient and experienced bush campers. Bring your own water, rubbish bags and firewood or a... Find out more

Corni Paroo Waterhole camping area (bush camping)

This bush campsite is located next to the ruins of Caiwarro Homestead, and it offers some modest facilities, such as toilets (located in the ruins) and picnic tables. Bring your own water, rubbish bags and firewood or a... Find out more

Ourimperee Waterhole camping area

Behind the Currawinya Woolshed, the Ourimperee Waterhole is accessed off the Hungerford Rd, 20 km north of Hungerford. The campground, for self-sufficient campers only, is accessible by 2WD in dry weather only.... Find out more

Pump Hole camping area (bush camping)

This bush camping area east of the Caiwarro Homestead ruins offers no facilities, although history buffs will find some fascinating remnants of settler life in the nearby old pump and bough shed. Bring your own water,... Find out more

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