Willandra campground

Willandra National Park

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Overview

For a classic Aussie bush camp, pitch a tent at Willandra campground, the perfect base for exploring Willandra’s historic heritage and Willandra Creek.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Caravan site, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Firewood
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.

Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your camping fees.

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites
  • Sites are not powered
  • Caravans and camper trailers can use the group campground just west of Willandra Homestead
  • This is a remote campground, please arrive well prepared.

Willandra campground is a classic bush campground surrounded by eucalypts and a picturesque creek nearby.

At sunrise and sunset, you’re very likely to get a visit from curious kangaroos and the waterbirds of Willandra Creek. But this campground isn’t only great for experiencing wildlife; it’s also the perfect base for exploring Willandra. You can walk to Willandra Billabong Weir and from there take the Nilla Yannagalang Billana walking track, looping back to the Willandra Homestead precinct and then back to base for a campfire and a hearty meal under the black box trees.

After a day of bushwalking and birdwatching, return to this back-to-basics campground where you can relax in front of the campfire, toast some marshmallows, and share some yarns about the time you’ve had at Willandra.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Willandra Cottage exterior, Willandra National Park. Photo: Vision House Photography/DPIE

    Willandra Cottage

    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. 

  • Willandra group campground, Willandra National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Willandra group campground

    Willandra group campground is a great choice for those car touring or 4WD touring, with great birdwatching, bushwalking and historic heritage just moments away.

  • The sun shining on Willandra Men's Quarters, Willandra National Park Photo: Vision House Photography/DPIE

    Willandra Men's Quarters

    Spend a night or two at historic Willandra Men’s Quarters for a real outback experience in Willandra National Park, at a great rate.

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Local alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

The Willandra campground is in the Willandra Homestead precinct. To get there:

  • From Hillston, drive 53km west along the 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).
  • From the 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 the Willandra Creek trail to reach the Willandra Homestead precinct
  • Drive west for 400m to find the campground

Road quality

Roads to and throughout Willandra National Park are closed in wet weather. To check the status of road conditions in the area, visit Carrathool Shire Council website.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Willandra campground.

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

  • Bore water is available at this campground – you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • There may be a supply of firewood at this campground, however 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

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

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

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Download our free NSW Parks mobile app to access maps and guides when you're in this park without mobile reception.

Safety messages

Camping 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.

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 Plus 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.

Prohibited

Generators

Generators are not permitted in this campground.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Willandra campground 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 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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