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Willandra Cottage

Willandra National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Willandra Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Willandra Cottage is in Willandra Homestead precinct. To get there:

From Hillston:

  • Drive 53km west along Mossgiel Trunk Road (unsealed and impassable after rain).
  • Turn north onto Trida Road and drive another 20km until you see the park entrance signposted on the right (east).
  • Drive another 10km east along Willandra Creek trail
  • Follow the signposts to Willandra Cottage

From Cobb Highway:

  • Turn east at Mossgiel and drive 61km east
  • Turn north onto Trida Road and drive another 20km until you see the park entrance signposted on the right (east).
  • Drive another 10km east along Willandra Creek trail
  • Follow the signposts to Willandra Cottage

Road quality

Access roads close after rain. Please check the Carrathool Shire website for current road closure information.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available next to Willandra Cottage.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Willandra National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Like spring, this season is also a time of mild weather.

Spring

Spring brings mild weather and fantastic birdwatching opportunities, as well as being the best time for wildflower displays. Drive, cycle or walk the scenic Merton trail or follow the Nilla Yannagalang Billana walking trail to make the most of what's on offer at this time of year.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 32°C

Highest recorded

46°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

-4.4°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

October

Driest month

February

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

119.6mm

Facilities

  • Bedding configuration: 1 x queen + 1 x bunk (2 bedrooms). 1 x bunk in sleep out.
  • Willandra Cottage has a fully-furnished living room, kitchen facilities and bathroom. 
  • The kitchen includes gas stove, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and dining table and shower/bath and 1 toilet.
  • Please ensure you leave the cottage in a clean and tidy manner
  • Please take your garbage with you when you leave
  • Willandra Cottage uses bore water

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. For more information, please see the OEH policy.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Willandra Cottage

Park info

  • in Willandra National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Willandra National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass