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Merton motor trail

Willandra National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Merton motor trail.

Getting there and parking

Merton motor trail begins in the Willandra Homestead precinct of Willandra National Park. To get there:

  • Begin at the Homestead precinct, drive south for 1km, then turn west along the Willandra Creek trail.
  • Where the trail divides, take the southwest route. This trail leads to Halls Lakes before looping back to join the Willandra Creek trail near Merton Outstation.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Willandra National Park can become boggy when it rains.


Parking is available at Willandra Homestead

Best times to visit

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


Like spring, this season is also a time of mild weather.


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


17°C and 32°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


7°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

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.



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Merton motor trail

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Park info

  • in Willandra National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Willandra National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass
Merton trail, Willandra National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH