When there’s been lots of rain in the outback the wetlands at Paroo-Darling teem with life. Make a detour on your road trip and head out here – it’s a brilliant sight.
At Paroo-Darling National Park is close to the opal mining township of White Cliffs and of course your can access from north, south, east and west. It’s the Paroo Overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin and an area of outstanding conservation value and natural beauty. It’s as diverse as the land itself.
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 (2010). There are 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 which is on the east side of the Darling River approx 50km NE of Wilcannia. Be sure to bring your fishing rod along to this popular fishing spot. Good shelters, BBQs and toilet facilities and all within a stone’s throw of the majesticDarling River.
This area is also the traditional home to the Ngiyeempaa and Paakantyi people and since European settlement has been an important pastoral area. The area’s rich history is waiting for you to discover.
Paroo-Darling’s Visitor Centre is located at White Cliffs and it a sure thing for information on the park when you visit. Business hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm EST, unless the staff are out an about on the Park.
An Annual Pass is the ideal way to pay for your park entry fees. Park entry fees apply to most NSW Outback National Parks. Camping and accommodation fees also apply. For further information on annual passes, NPWS Exemption cards and more visit http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees
Visit http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Our-parks for further information. There is information on the Experiences, where to stay on park and a What’s On calendar.
Please remember that roads within the Parks in the Far West Region are susceptible to weather conditions and in some instances flooding. Always ensure you check prior to setting out. The public roads are also susceptible to these conditions too so don’t forget to enquire on the conditions and access prior to travel.