Willandra Cottage

Willandra National Park

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Overview

If you're looking for a weekend getaway in the bush, you can’t go wrong with Willandra Cottage. This rustic cottage offers affordable accommodation just moments from the historic Willandra Homestead. 

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 74 Willandra Entrance Road, Hillston, NSW, 2675 - in Willandra National Park
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 6
Facilities Barbecue facilities, carpark, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Food supplies, bed sheets, towels, drinking water, firewood
Price

$50 per night for 4 people. $10 per additional person (maximum 6).

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings For bookings, please contact NPWS Griffith park office on (02) 6966 8100. No deposit required. Pay on arrival using a self-registration envelope.
Please note
  • Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance
  • Please contact NPWS Griffith park office on (02) 6966 8100 for current security code.
  • Check in after 2pm. Check out before 10am
  • The cottage has wood heating and evaporative air-conditioning
  • Willandra Cottage is in a remote location, so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies before you arrive.

Pull up a chair and unwind as you take in the serenity and beauty of Willandra National Park from the cottage lawn. Ideal for families and small groups, the cottage contains two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and an enclosed verandah.

Enjoy amazing bird watching and bushwalking opportunities before you wander over to Willandra Homestead to get a taste of the area’s long pastoral history. It’s also only a short walk to Willandra Billabong Weir, or if you're feeling energetic, why not continue along Nilla Yannagalang Billana walking track and loop back to the Homestead?

At night, return to the simple comforts of a hot shower and tasty dinner and take advantage of this historic site. Don’t forget to take advantage of the clear skies for a bit of star gazing.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/willandra-cottage/local-alerts

General enquiries

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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.

Nearby towns

Hay (134 km)

This exciting and innovative exhibition space uses contemporary design and cutting edge technology to tell the story of Australian sheep shearing. You'll meet the shearers, shed hands, cooks, classers, cockies, sheep and dogs behind the legends at this sparkling gallery-museum in Hay.

www.visitnsw.com

Hillston (50 km)

Make a detour to nearby Merriwagga to visit the Memorial to Pioneer Women, a sculpture by Ron Clarke that commemorates the tragic death of Barbara Blain, the wife of a bullock driver in 1886; the monument recognises the hardships and contributions of all pioneer women in the district.

www.visitnsw.com

Lake Cargelligo (126 km)

Lake Cargelligo is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Among the protected species you'll find there are the Australian pelican, the black swan, the great crested grebe, the rare bower bird and the black cockatoo. You can hire binoculars and a field guide from the Visitor Information Centre.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Willandra Cottage is in Willandra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A closer look at Aboriginal culture

Merton trail, Willandra National Park. Photo: David Egan

Evidence of Aboriginal people's lives on this land can best be seen on the scalds near Halls Lake, near the Merton trail, where erosion has exposed a number of objects. Take a look at (but please don't touch) the remains of oven hearths, broken pieces of grinding dishes and stone flakes. Nilla Yannagalang Billana, the only formal walking track in the park, means 'walking along together' in Wiradjuri.

  • Merton motor trail Whether you’re driving or cycling, the Merton motor trail at Willandra National Park is the perfect way to experience the park’s various wildlife habitats and historic past.

Plain to see

Dry creek, Willandra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Windmill, cane, spear and white top - the names of Australian native grasses really have evolved to become far more fun than their original Latin terms. These grasses now make up most of the ground cover on the park's plains. Saltbush and cottonbush dominated - and still does - but Europeans quickly recognised the nutritional value of these plants and a century of grazing has changed the environment. A hike through the wetlands, woodlands and grasslands of the park, rich with birds and animals, is a reminder of how nature continues to adapt.

  • Nilla Yannagalang Billana The Nilla Yannagalang Billana is an easy walking track that follows Willandra Creek and passes sites of great historical and cultural significance.

The ringer looks around

Shearers Quarters, Willandra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Big Willandra Station once stretched from Hillston to Mossgiel and covered an area eight times that of what is now Willandra National Park. Some buildings from the huge merino stud are in ruins, while others have been restored. In its time, Big Willandra saw it all: illegal squatting, leasehold, freehold, homesteading, the establishment of the Western Lands Commission, resumptions and soldier settler occupation. Today, you can enjoy cheap heritage accommodation, ideal for a weekend family or group getaway.

  • Merton motor trail Whether you’re driving or cycling, the Merton motor trail at Willandra National Park is the perfect way to experience the park’s various wildlife habitats and historic past.
  • Nilla Yannagalang Billana The Nilla Yannagalang Billana is an easy walking track that follows Willandra Creek and passes sites of great historical and cultural significance.
  • Willandra Homestead Visit Willandra Homestead, the lovingly restored pastoral station of Big Willandra. Step back in time, enjoy a barbecue and watch waterbirds on Willandra Creek.
  • Willandra shearing precinct Explore the rustic and distinctive woolshed and shearers’ quarters of the Willandra Shearing precinct to experience the fascinating working history of Big Willandra.

What bird is that?

Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Willandra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Could there really be 195 species of birdlife within an area of less than 20,000ha? The diversity of Willandra's natural environment — from woodland and wetland to grassland and open plain — provides a variety of habitats. The result is an eclectic mix that includes emu, swan, seagull, night heron, raptor and duck. Set yourself the challenge to see how many different birds you can spot during your visit.

  • Nilla Yannagalang Billana The Nilla Yannagalang Billana is an easy walking track that follows Willandra Creek and passes sites of great historical and cultural significance.

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