Paroo-Darling National Park

The outstanding conservation values of this park are centred on the Paroo River wetland system, one of the most regular flooded systems of the arid catchment zones. Peery and Poloko lakes and their associated wetlands form part of the Paroo River overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin. This free-flowing river can still sustain its rich and diverse ecosystem.


Getting there

This park is near...
White Cliffs (20 km)


Best access routes
To access the northern section of the park, take the Wanaaring Road north from Wilcannia for 80 kilometres.
Road quality: unpaved sections


For the central section, head east from Wilcannia for 60 kilometres along the Bourke Road.
Road quality: unpaved sections


The eastern section of the park is 20 kilometres east of White Cliffs on the Mandalay Road or 80 kilometres east of Wilcannia along the Barrier Highway.
Road quality: unpaved sections


Facilities & things to do


Facilities are still pretty basic, but there is camping and a day-use area on the banks of the Darling River at Wilga. You can drive through the park, stopping to observe the abundant wildlife, or walk one of the many tree-lined creeks. Over 75 km of public-access roads traverse the park.


Safety in the park


Roads are closed when wet.


Natural environment

Native plant communities
>>Semi-arid shrublands

Native animals
>>Threatened species


Culture & history

Aboriginal Heritage
Peery Lake, with its long-lasting water capacity and surrounding valuable stone resources has made the area an important focus of Aboriginal life for many thousands of years. Known Aboriginal sites in the area have revealed bone middens, quarries and specialised microblade and stone tool workshops. These are historically and culturally important to Paakantji people, providing evidence for the changing technologies and ways of Aboriginal life over the last 10,000 years. The middens at Peery Lakes contain mammal and fish bones and are the most extensive bone midden deposits in NSW.


Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of  The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service



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