Kinchega National Park

Closest Population Centres: Menindee & Broken Hill

Kinchega National Park is easily accessible from Broken Hill, just 110km east on sealed road. It is also only a few minutes drive from Menindee. Featuring the mesmerising Menindee lake system with its wonderful array of birdlife and haunting river red gums rising from the water, Kinchega National Park offers visitors a unique experience of the Australian outback.

With its ever-changing colours – the green lake bed as the water retreats and beautiful reflections in the flood – and rich pastoral and Aboriginal history, a visit to Kinchega will restore your sense of wonder.

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Mungo National Park

Closest Population Centres: Balranald & Wentworth

Wander the sands of time in ancient Mungo National Park at the heart of NSW's Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. Mungo National Park sits in the southwest corner of NSW, 85km from Pooncarrie.

Remarkable archaeological finds like Mungo Man (the world’s oldest human cremation), Mungo Woman, and human footprints dating back to the last ice age tell an incredible story about the long history of Australian Aboriginal people.

Take a guided tour to the incredible Walls of China, where erosion has sculpted sand and clay into fragile yet imposing formations; or explore on wheels with a cycling or drive tour through the stunning landscape.

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Mutawintji National Park

Closest Population Centres: Broken Hill & White Cliffs

Visiting Mutawintji National Park in the NSW outback is a uniquely Australian experience. You’ll find a ruggedly beautiful desert region showing evidence of continuous use by Aboriginal people for thousands of years.

Dominated by the Bynguano Ranges, whose vibrant red colour dramatically captures changes in the light, this outback park is home to the famous hand stencil art of local Aboriginal communities as well as many other important cultural and historic sites.

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Paroo-Darling National Park

Closest Population Centres: Wilcannia & White Cliffs

At Paroo-Darling National Park, you’ll find the Paroo Overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin and an area of outstanding conservation value and natural beauty.

Spend a couple of days exploring the park - paddle or walk around Peery Lake, you'll be amazed by the birdlife - 60,000 birds were recorded in a recent survey. There are heaps of informal spots for a picnic - choose your own scenic place - and camping is available at Coach and Horse campground in the Wilga section of the park. Be sure to bring your fishing rod along to this popular fishing spot.

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Sturt National Park

Closest Population Centres: Tibooburra & Broken Hill

Sturt National Park protects an enormous arid landscape of space and solitude. From the rolling red sand dunes of the Strezlecki desert to the flat-topped mesas and the 450 million year old granite tors around Tibooburra, a visit to this outback park is a once in a lifetime experience for many.

One of the best ways to explore the park is along one of the self-guided drives or you could join a guided tour with one of the tour operators that visit the park. For more up close views of the landscape, try the short loop walks at Fort Grey or Dead Horse Gully. If you’ve only time for one walk, head to Mount Wood hills for a walk to the summit where stunning views of this spectacular landscape are waiting.

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Willandra National Park

Closest Population Centres: Ivanhoe & Balranald

Over 100 years of grazing and pasture have modified the natural environment, yet the plants and animals are gradually being restored. The wetlands, woodlands and grassy plains of the park house 23 species of reptile and over 195 different types of bird including emu and the endangered plains-wanderer.

See kangaroos graze and play on the plains at dusk and dawn, look out for bearded dragons as you cycle the Merton trail, and spot a harmless carpet snake near the historic buildings. At the end of the day when you’re ready to relax, sleep in historic men's quarters and keep an eye out for the ghost of Flash Jack during shearing season.

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Yanga National Park

Closest Population Centres: Balranald & Dareton

Also known as Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, Yanga contains fascinating chapters of Australian history. Camp by the banks of the Murrumbidgee like Burke and Wills once did; see over 150 species of birds in the park’s trees, skies and ecologically-important wetlands; acquaint yourself with bygone days at the old homestead, woolshed and countless Aboriginal sites, and enjoy a spot of fishing by the river.

No visit to Yanga National Park is complete without stopping by its Park Office. Housed in 1950s buildings, the office offers a wealth of information about the area. The park's rangers are happy to answer your questions and give you expert advice on camping or bushwalking in the area.

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