Willandra National Park

Cycle, walk or drive through the various wildlife habitats of Western Rivers in Willandra National Park and discover remnants of the area’s rich pastoral history.
Europeans were first attracted to the Willandra area by the river system and native grasses and ran cattle and sheep, but by the second half of the 19th century, grazing sheep for wool predominated. Willandra eventually became the largest pastoral station in the area. The old bush song, Flash Jack from Gundagai, boasts about having “shore at Big Willandra”.
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.

Nearby events

  1. The Grey Mardi Gras

    Friday 12 April 2019 to Monday 15 April 2019 , Cobar

    The Grey Mardi Gras will held April 2019. The festival of happiness will celebrate everything 1950s, '60s and '70s. Stomp, jive and bump at the buffet dinner dance on Friday, strut your stuff at the parade and markets on Saturday, groove…

    12 Apr - 15 Apr
  2. Duck Creek Picnic Races

    Saturday 06 July 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019 , Nyngan

    The Duck Creek Picnic Races are without a doubt the Western Plains social event of the year... An event not to be missed! Enjoy traditional outback horse racing with all the facilities including TAB, Bookmakers, Bar and Food. Duck Creek…

    06 Jul - 07 Jul
  3. AGL Nyngan Ag Expo

    Saturday 03 August 2019 , Nyngan

    The AGL Nyngan Ag Expo is a community event organised by a dedicated volunteer committee and all funds raised are returned to the community of Nyngan. Over 260 exhibitors will display their products and services ranging from farm…

    03 Aug