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Toorale National Park

Overview

Explore the vast floodplain and beautiful rivers of outback NSW near Bourke on a car tour of Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. You’ll enjoy great fishing and birdwatching.

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Experience an outback adventure at Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area (SCA). Awe-inspiring skies, dramatic sunsets and starry nights under Australian floodplain landscapes are just a few things you can enjoy while riverside camping at Darling River camp (Yapara Paaka Thuru). Picnic by the river bank to the sight and sound of birds at Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa).

Best visited between April and November, few places offer the rare opportunity to see the floodplain landscape come to life after rain like Toorale National Park and SCA. Located at the junction of Warrego and Darling rivers, the seasonal wetlands offer an abundance of birdlife, with ibis, pelicans, as well as iconic brolgas.

This park lies within the traditional lands of Kurnu-Baakandji People. You can learn about their culture as well as the historic significance of this region on a Discovery tour. It’s the perfect addition to an outback tour, taking in neighbouring parks such as Gundabooka National Park.

Highlights in this park

  • Photo of giant steel front door artwork, Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra). Photo: triggerdesign.com.au

    Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra)

    Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is a must-see for outback travellers near Bourke. Built on the lands of the Kurnu-Baakandji People, Toorale St...

  • Gidgee fence posts on Darling River Drive, in Toorale National Park. Photo: Chris Ghirardillo

    Darling River drive

    Darling River drive showcases the natural beauty of meandering Darling River as well as Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area – perfect fo...

  • Mount Talowla lookout, Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. Photo: Gregory Anderson

    Mount Talowla lookout

    For vast floodplain views to Mount Gunderbooka, check out Mount Talowla lookout, also known as Withawitha Iaana, in Toorale National Park and State Co...

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Toorale Buildings Conservation

Toorale National Park has important Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal historical value, and is home to several heritage precincts within an area known as Toorale Station. Purchased by the NSW Government in 2008, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has begun a repair and conservation project to protect this property and its farming history for future generations.

Restoration of buildings in Toorale National Park. Photo: Gregory Anderson

Contact

  • in the Outback NSW region
  • Toorale National Park and SCA is open sunrise to sunset, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger

    • Bourke
      (02) 6830 0200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 51-53 Oxley Street, Bourke NSW 2840
    • Fax: (02) 6830 0250
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Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. Photo: Gregory Anderson