Spring Gully drive

Goulburn River National Park

Overview

The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

Where
Goulburn River National Park
Distance
22km one-way
Time suggested
1hr
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Ice, fuel, gas and groceries are available at the villages of Wollar and Bylong.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
  • Check the weather before you set out as Spring Gully drive is for dry weather only.

Wind your way through some of Goulburn River National Park’s beautiful scenery along Spring Gully drive. The 22km car route from Wollar is along an unsealed road, making it somewhat of an adventure as you leave the local farmland behind.

Along the way, you may spot some of the local inhabitants: eastern grey kangaroos watching expectantly as you drive by, while grazing emus and brightly coloured parrots will accompany you along your way as they rest in the majestic eucalypts.

When you arrive at Spring Gully campground, treat yourself by jumping straight into the Goulburn River, or throw in your fishing line to see if you can catch something for lunch – the waters of the Goulburn River make this an angler’s dream.

Or if you’d like to stretch your legs after a long car journey, take a walk along the river past sandstone cliffs, which are home to Aboriginal sites, such as hand stencils.

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/things-to-do/driving-routes/spring-gully-drive/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Spring Gully drive.

Getting there and parking

Spring Gully drive is in the central precinct of Goulburn River National Park. To get there:

  • From Wollar, follow Barigan Street north.
  • Turn right into Mogo Road and continue to the start of Spring Gully Road
  • Follow Spring Gully Road to Spring Gully campground

Parking

Parking is available at Spring Gully campground.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Is there anything more relaxing than sitting around the campfire with family and friends? Autumn is a great time of year to visit Spring Gully campground.

Spring

With the many natives blooming – callistemons, acacias and eucalypts among them – this is the best time to observe the plant and wildlife the park attracts.

Summer

With the temperatures at their warmest, head to the river for swimming and liloing.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

40.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

–6.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

May

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

186.7mm

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Permitted

Fishing

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

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

Gulgong (5 km)

Founded in the heady days of the Australian gold rush, Gulgong has approximately 130 buildings with National Trust classification. Take a self-guided walking tour of the town's historic sites.

www.visitnsw.com

Merriwa (17 km)

Merriwa is a unique and friendly rural town nestled in the Upper Hunter Valley. Situated on the Golden Highway, Merriwa is the ideal place for a stopover, as it is centrally located. In just two hours you can reach Mudgee, Dubbo, Newcastle and Tamworth.

www.visitnsw.com

Mudgee (9 km)

Set in the Cudgegong River valley in Central West NSW, Mudgee is a charming historic town and a popular destination for wine enthusiasts keen to sample its award-winning reds and whites. From its many wineries and national parks to markets, festivals and activities for the kids, Mudgee has much to offer.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Spring Gully drive is in Goulburn River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal echoes

Views over the valley, Goulburn River National. Photo: Shane Ruming

For many thousands of years before European settlement, the river valley that runs through Goulburn River National Park was an important trading route between the Aboriginal people who resided on the coast, and those who lived on the western plains. The area was traditionally occupied by the people of the Wiradjuri, Gamileroi and Wonnarua Clans, and today more than 300 known Aboriginal sites remain within the park, mainly along the river.

  • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Action aplenty

Camping in Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

Along the Goulburn River, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you busy. The river is usually shallow but offers natural pools that are suitable for swimming. After rain, its gentle flow makes canoeing and liloing possible. There are lots of walking opportunities in Goulburn River National Park, like Lees Pinch lookout track or the marked fire trails, which can be explored on foot or on a mountain bike.

  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

Forest landscape

Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

The park, covering over 70,000ha, was established in 1983 following the decision that the land was precious, both environmentally and culturally, especially for the traditional Aboriginal owners. Visiting the park today, you'll admire the sheer magnificence of Goulburn River National Park, due to its preservation as a forest landscape, much of which is surrounded by pastoral land.

  • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.
  • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Wild about the park

Views from Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

With its location along the river, surrounded by rural holdings, Goulburn River is rich in plant and wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos are often seen grazing on the riverbanks. A rich variety of plant life - eucalypts, river oak, grevilleas and callistemon (more commonly called bottlebrush) - provides habitats for many birds, including glossy black cockatoos and lyrebirds.

  • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

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Spring Gully drive, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin