Terarra Creek camping and picnic area

Nangar National Park

Overview

Centrally located and naturally sheltered, Terarra Creek camping and picnic area makes the perfect base for bushwalking, mountain biking, camping and picnicking.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 6
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price Free.
Bookings Bookings are not required at this campground. Campsites are available on a first-in first-served basis.
Please note
  • Tent sites are not marked and sites are not powered
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

Set in a natural amphitheatre on the valley floor, Terarra Creek camping and picnic area’s location at the centre of the park makes it the perfect base for exploring. Easy to access and naturally sheltered between the hills with a pleasant open grassy area, it’s ideal for birdwatchers, bushwalkers, sightseers and mountain bikers. Dripping Rock, Mount Nangar hiking track and Mount Murga walking track are all just one km away.

Whether you’re coming for a day walk or planning to stay overnight, you’ll enjoy the view of forested hills, the curious kangaroos, possums and gliders and the serenity of this sheltered place. Bring your binoculars for birdwatching and look out for threatened bird species such as the turquoise parrot, little lorikeet, speckled warbler, brown treecreeper and several species of honeyeaters and robins. In spring, take a walk along Terarra Creek, when it’s lined with the pretty flowering pink honey-myrtle.

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/campgrounds/terarra-creek-camping-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Terarra Creek camping and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

To get to Terarra Creek camping and picnic area:

  • Take Escort Way 10km from Eugowra or 70km from Orange
  • The park entrance sign is at the intersection with Dripping Rock Road
  • Turn south here and travel 2.5km along Dripping Rock Road, where you’ll cross a cattle grid into the park.
  • Once over the cattle grid into the national park, travel along this trail for 4.5km to reach the camping area.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Terarra Creek camping and picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

As the days cool down, it's perfect weather for taking some of the longer walks along the walking tracks and fire trails.

Spring

Bushwalkers will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and flowering shrubs.

Winter

Build a cosy campfire at Terarra Creek camping and picnic area and spend a cool, clear night gazing at the stars.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 33°C

Highest recorded

43.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

2°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

–6.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

129.5mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • There may some firewood at this campground, but it’s a good idea to bring your own supply.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Canowindra (4 km)

In the red countryside of Canowindra, you can travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum, where you'll encounter thousands of fossilised freshwater fish.

www.visitnsw.com

Cowra (32 km)

Cowra is gaining a reputation as a wine-producing region and source of specialty products. You'll find plenty of cellar doors where you can sample award-winning local wines from golden chardonnay to soft, ripe reds.

www.visitnsw.com

Parkes (14 km)

Even though Elvis Presley died in 1977, his spirit is alive and well in Parkes. The annual Parkes Elvis Festival coincides with the music legend's birthday in January. The five-day event features Elvis concerts, a parade and much more.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Terarra Creek camping and picnic area is in Nangar National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A refuge for wildlife

 Bottlebrush (Callistemon), Nangar National Park. Photo: Claire Davis

Amid the extensive farmlands of the central west, Nangar is home to many sedentary and migratory birds and local native animals. Among many bird species are several birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon, wedge-tailed eagle and brown falcon, which use the cliff face along the northern boundary for nesting and perching. The park is also home to the eastern grey kangaroo, common wallaroo, red-necked wallaby, swamp wallaby, little mastiff-bat and chocolate wattled bat. You may also spot the southern rainbow skink, eastern long-necked tortoise and spotted grass frog.

  • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
  • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

An ever-changing landscape

Dripping Rock, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

Ranging from the undulating hills in the south of the park to the long cliff line of red siltstone on the northern boundary - and the 770m-high Mount Nangar - the park offers a great variety of landscapes and views. Terarra Creek valley is open with wide creek flats and gentle slopes and the upper tributaries of Mogong Creek contains several natural springs. You'll see from the high vantage points of the park that the valley floor and more accessible lower slopes have been cleared by grazing and logging. Old growth forest is found in the steeper areas, but under national park protection, the park's vegetation communities will grow ever stronger.

  • Mount Murga walking track Enjoy scenic views, spring wildflowers, varied wildlife and birdwatching on Mount Murga walking track; great for a day of bushwalking near Orange and Forbes.
  • Mount Nangar walking track Mount Nangar walking track to the lookout takes you bushwalking through varied landscapes to scenic views over Nangar National Park and surrounding farmlands in search of wildlife and wildflowers.

Historic treasure

Dripping Rock shearing shed, Nangar National Park. Photo: OEH

Gold was discovered around Eugowra in the 1860s, drawing miners and bushrangers, including the Gardener and Ben Hall gangs who roamed the area that the park now covers. Chinese miners lived here in the early 1900s, prospecting for copper. Historical remains in the park include remnants of gardens and orchards of Dripping Rock homestead, lost to fire in recent years, and its piggery, ruined hay shed and yards.

Wiradjuri country

Nangar lookout, Nangar National Park. Photo: A Lavender

A vast area of the central west of New South Wales, including Nangar National Park, is Wiradjuri country. Evidence suggests that Nangar Range has been an important landmark in Aboriginal culture and that the surrounding area was occupied for long periods. Places of significance include archaeological sites containing artefacts, stone scatters, quarries and scar trees.

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Terrara Creek campground and picnic area, Nangar National Park. Photo: K Edwards/NSW Government