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Menindee Lakes and Kinchega guided tours

Kinchega National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 1 February 2023, 10.49am

Applies from Mon 10 Jan 2022, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 10.49am.

Closed areas: Emu Lake Drive closed for maintenance

Emu Lake Drive is closed indefinitely due to ongoing maintenance.

Access to Emu Lake campground remains open when not affected by rain.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

Applies from Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 10.41am.

Closed areas: Closed access road into Kinchega National Park

The Little Menindee Creek Road access road (Low Road) has been damaged by floodwater and is closed.

For further information please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Mon 30 Jan 2023, 9.30am to Fri 3 Feb 2023, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 9.40am.

Closed parks: Kinchega National Park - Closed due to rain

Park closed due to rain event

Kinchega National Park is closed from Monday 30/01/23 to Friday 02/03/23 due to severe rain event and road closures. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are closed and will be reassessed on 03/02/23. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information contact the local park office on 08 8084 2880.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Affects 10 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Thu 5 May 2022, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.39am.

Closed areas: Darling River Campground is closed due to river flooding

Darling River Campground and River Drive are currently closed due to rising floodwaters of the Darling River.  Anticipated closure to the end of April 2023.   Closure will be updated as conditions change.  For more information please call the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.24am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.35am.

Closed areas: Woolshed drive is closed due to floodwater over the road

There is no access to Kinchega Visitor Centre, Kinchega Shearers Quarters, Old Kinchega Homestead Precinct and Emu Lake campground as Woolshed Drive has been closed by rising floodwaters from the Darling River. The road through to the Tandou Station boundary is still accessible.  This closure will be updated when conditions change.  For further information please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

Affects 4 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Mon 31 Oct 2022, 11.59pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 11.45am.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect from midnight Monday 31 October 2022 to midnight Friday 31 March 2023.  During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Affects 10 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 10.34am.

Closed areas: Old Kinchega Homestead Ruins and Billabong walk are inaccessible due to flooding

Old Kinchega Homestead Ruins and Billabong walk are inaccessible due to rising floodwaters of the Darling River.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.26pm to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.24am

Safety alerts: Unsealed council access roads in variable condition

Council-managed access roads to Mungo National Park are unsealed and in variable condition. Before travelling on any unsealed roads, please check road condition reports for Balranald, Wentworth and Central Darling Shires. Do not travel on closed Council roads.

There are numerous access routes to Mungo National Park and conditions can change quickly due to the weather.

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 2.00pm to Fri 3 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.24am

Closed areas: Zanci Pastoral Loop closed due to wet conditions

Due to wet road conditions the Zanci Pastoral Loop is closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Affects 2 parks and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 23 Dec 2021, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 10.12am

Closed areas: Coach and Horses campground closed due to flooding

Coach and Horses campground is closed indefinitely due to flooding of the Darling River below Louth and Tilpa. The campground is expected to remain closed until the end of June 2023.  The closure will be updated as conditions change. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further updates please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Mon 29 Aug 2022, 8.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.58am

Other planned events: Visitor facility upgrades

The following visitor attractions will undergo upgrades over the coming months but will remain open:

  • Main campground
  • Walls carpark
  • Walls carpark amenities
  • Walls boardwalk access
  • Mungo Visitor Centre

Please follow all signage and directions from NPWS staff. Any closures to an attraction will be posted on this NPWS alerts page.

For more information, please contact the local office.

Affects 2 parks and 5 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Sat 7 Nov 2020, 8.01am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.57am

Closed areas: Belah campground closure

Belah campground is closed until further notice.

This closure remains in place while site protection works are completed on the Mungo Self-guided Drive Tour road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 6 Nov 2020, 12.00pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.57am

Closed areas: Mungo self-guided drive part closure

Sections of the Mungo self-guided drive tour road remain closed. No access is permitted beyond Red Top lookout.

Road works have commenced to undertake cultural site protection and improvements to the road surface. 

These works will take some time to complete and the wet weather in spring delayed the works program.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

Affects 1 park and 6 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 10 Oct 2022, 10.43am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 9.57am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in Mungo National Park and remains in place from midnight Monday 10 October 2022 to midnight Friday 31 March 2023. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 11.45am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

There is a 'no solid fuel fire policy' in this park all year round. This park fire ban will remain in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and/or electric barbecue or cooker. Penalties apply for non-compliance. To find out more about fire bans in parks and reserves, including your responsibilities, visit NSW National Parks safety page.

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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/guided-tours/menindee-lakes-and-kinchega-guided-tours/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Kinchega National Park in the Outback NSW region
  • Kinchega 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 has a pay and display envelope payment system - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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