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The Rock picnic area

“This picnic area has everything we need to pull off a memorable barbecue with friends – and did we mention the view?”

A terrific place to settle down and admire the scenic splendour of The Rock is the nearby picnic area. Just off Lockhart -The Rock Road, this is both easy to access and equipped with everything you need to make the most of sunny afternoons. Pack a picnic hamper and a soccer ball to keep the family entertained, or bring along a paperback and take advantage of a shady spot beneath the red gums. However you travel, this is a prime picnicking spot for all types of visitors.

In spring, the area blooms with native wildflowers, though woodland birds provide a soothing soundtrack at any time of year. Bring your binoculars for birdwatching, or perhaps some hiking boots to drum up an appetite on Yerong walking track, which leads you to the top of the rock formation. The Rock picnic area is just one of several great things to do at The Rock Nature Reserve and is a terrific place to begin and end any visit to the reserve.


Getting there

Getting there:

The Rock picnic area is in The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place. To get there:

  • From Wagga Wagga, follow the Sturt Highway west
  • Turn left onto the Olympic Highway
  • Continue to The Rock and turn right onto Urana Street
  • Heading out of town this becomes Lockhart -The Rock Road
  • Continue for approximately 2.5km
  • Turn left into The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place and continue for approximately 500m to the picnic area.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at The Rock picnic area including bus parking.

Important info


  • Amenities block
  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • No camping is permitted

Opening hours:

The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, The Rock picnic area. Photo: C Killick