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Apple Box Flat picnic area

“It hardly took any time to drive from the urban centre of Queanbeyan to this peaceful picnic area in a gorgeous natural location. My new favourite place to escape to.”

Apple Box Flat picnic area, in Yanununbeyan State Conservation Area, allows you to enjoy a totally natural environment without having to travel very far from civilisation. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it or stock up at the bakery of a nearby town and roll out the thermos for a break from the highway

Apple Box Flat picnic area is situated in an open grassy clearing surrounded by eucalypts such as black sallee, scribbly gum, peppermint, brittle gum and, of course, apple box. In fact, there’s a particularly old and unusually large apple box at the picnic area. Apparently, apple box honey is sensational.

From your picnic area, there’s a whole park to explore if you have the time and energy.  Queanbeyan River is a short walk through the bush and there are plenty of fire trails to follow. Take along your binoculars for birdwatching and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.


Getting there

Getting there:

On entering Yanununbeyan State Conservation Area, continue along Woolcara Lane and park beside Apple Box Flat picnic area.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - Dry weather only


Parking is available at Apple Box Flat picnic area.

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables

You should know:

  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • This park or attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Apple Box Flat picnic area can become boggy when it rains.

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Apple Box Picnic Area, Yanununbeyan State Conservation. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government