Willandra group campground

Willandra National Park

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Overview

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

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, 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
  • Sites are not marked and not powered.
  • This campground is suitable for groups and is the preferred location for caravan camping in Willandra National Park.
  • This is a remote campground, please arrive well prepared.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Willandra group campground can become boggy when it rains.
  • Please check the Carrathool Shire website for road closure information.
  • Noise restrictions apply at this campground.
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Pitch your tent, pull up your caravan or camping trailer, and make Willandra group campground your base to explore. Set among black box and river cooba trees, this large campground alongside Willandra Creek is a great choice for groups who are car touring or 4WD touring through the Western Rivers region.

If you feel like stretching your legs, wander over to historic Willandra Homestead and discover the pastoral history of the area, or walk down to Willandra Creek. You can find a spot at the creek, take advantage of fantastic birdwatching, or try your luck yabbying. You can also go bushwalking along Nilla Yannagalang Billana walking track and loop back to the homestead.

After a day of historic heritage and nature, head back to base for a night around the campfire, a bit of stargazing, and a good night’s rest under the stars.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

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

    Willandra campground

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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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/willandra-group-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Willandra group campground is in the 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
  • Willandra group campground is just west of the homestead

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
  • Willandra group campground is just west of the homestead

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 group campground, including several designated disabled spots.

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

Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.

Amenities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

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

Drinking water

Water is available at this campground – you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.

Showers

  • Cold showers

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 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.

Permitted

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Generators

Generators are permitted to be used in particular areas within this campground (please turn off by 9pm and be mindful of other park users).

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park.

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 group 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 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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