The Willows campground and picnic area
Yanga State Conservation Area
The Willows campground in Yanga State Conservation Area offers free tent, trailer and caravan campsites with picnic tables and barbecues. Great fishing and birdwatching awaits.
|Number of campsites||11|
|Camping type||Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle|
|Facilities||Barbecue facilities, toilets|
|What to bring||Drinking water, cooking water, firewood|
|Price||There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.|
|Bookings||Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.|
The Willows campground and picnic area is perfect for nature-lovers. Located in Yanga State Conservation Area, this quiet woodland location is a birdwatching paradise, so relax and acquaint yourself with some local feathered friends.
Choose a campsite to set up your tent, trailer, caravan or motor home. Once that’s done, it’s time to explore; wander around the Wilga Woolshed and take in amazing outback views on a bushwalk through the park.
There are barbecues on which you can cook up a feast, or if you’re visiting between April and September you could build a campfire to cook damper and baked potatoes. Later in the evening, relax around the campfire, under the stars, sharing songs and stories with your fellow campers.
Yanga Lake viewing deck offers spectacular birdwatching and scenic wetland views in Yanga National Park, near Balranald.
Step in to the past and explore the history of Yanga National Park’s pastoral and Aboriginal heritage. Bring a picnic to enjoy while looking out to the lake.
Kayak Yanga Lake for an outback experience like no other. Wonder at the vast sky reflected in 1200ha of water, and spot wildlife and birds drawn to the wetlands in Yanga National Park.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/the-willows-campground-and-picnic-area/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Yanga National Park office
- 8.30am to 4.30pm daily.
- 03 5020 1764
- 38773 Sturt Highway, Yanga NSW 2711
All the practical information you need to know about the The Willows campground and picnic area.
Getting there and parking
The Willows campground and picnic area is in Yanga State Conservation Area. To get there:
- From Balranald, travel east along Sturt Highway for 23km.
- Turn right at the blue tent sign and continue along
- After 800m turn left at The Willows campground sign
- The campground and picnic area is about 1.5km along the road
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Dry weather only
Parking is available at The Willows campground and picnic area.
Best times to visit
The locals will tell you it can get pretty hot out this way, so you may wish to time your visit to avoid the summer heat. Temperatures during autumn, winter and spring are more moderate - just be sure to check the forecast as roads can become inaccessible in wet weather.
A great time to see the woodland birds - be sure to bring your binoculars.
- Water is not available at the Willows campground and picnic area
- You may find some firewood at the campground, but its a good idea to bring your own
- Non-flush toilets
- Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
- Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
Wheelchairs can access the area with some difficulty.