Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra)

Toorale National Park

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Overview

Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is a must-see for outback travellers near Bourke. Built on the lands of the Kurnu-Baakandji People, Toorale Station was once part of the world’s largest sheep station.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
4258 Toorale Road, Gumbalie, NSW, 2840 - in Toorale National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Grade
Easy
Opening times

Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is open 7 days a week, 8am–5pm. Entry inside the homestead and outbuildings is by NPWS guided tours only, during the school holidays. For further information, call the NPWS Bourke office on (02) 6830 0200.

Please note
  • Please respect the wishes of the Kurnu-Baakandji People by protecting the natural and cultural features of the park.
  • The homestead is in a remote location where the weather can be extreme and unpredictable. Ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • Roads to and within Toorale National Park are unsealed and can be closed due to wet weather. Check with the NPWS Bourke office or Bourke Shire Council for the latest road condition report before you set out. Don’t drive on closed roads – heavy fines apply.
  • Pick up maps and brochures from the NPWS Bourke office and Bourke Visitor Information Centre.

Visit Toorale National Park, and you’ll realise there’s nowhere else quite like it. It’s an important spiritual and cultural region for the Kurnu-Baakandji People. The Traditional Owners have continued their connection by living and working at Toorale station over its long history.

Take a self-guided tour of Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra). You'll be fascinated by the grandeur of the homestead and its outbuildings. History buffs will enjoy the stories of Toorale's past. In the late 1880s the station was the calm centre of a thriving sheep and cattle empire.

It’s a good idea to visit during the cooler months between April and September. You can plan some extra sightseeing and a walk in the area. Nearby attractions include Mount Talowla walking track (Thina Yapa) and lookout (Withawithalaana). Rest under the shade of red river gums at Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa) and Darling River campground (Yapara Paaka Thuru). Soak up the peaceful surrounds as you take in the vast floodplains, red sand hills and gigantic sky.

You might see sand goannas, bearded dragons and emus during the day, and crucifix frogs, owls and western grey or red kangaroos by night. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars along. You’re likely to be rewarded with sightings of red-tailed black cockatoos and wetland birds like brolgas, spoonbills and straw-necked ibises.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • Wide view of Toorale Homestead with palm trees, under a sunny sky. Photo: Joshua Smith/DPIE

    Toorale Homestead walk

    Toorale Homestead walk is in the Toorale Homestead precinct of Toorale National Park, near Bourke. Enjoy a short stroll around the heritage-listed homestead and its historic buildings.

  • Mount Gunderbooka from Mount Talowla lookout, Toorale National Park. Photo: Leah Pippos/DPIE

    Mount Talowla lookout

    For vast floodplain views to Mount Gunderbooka, check out Mount Talowla lookout, also known as Withawitha Iaana, in Toorale State Conservation Area, near Bourke.

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/historic-buildings-places/toorale-homestead-precinct-yarramarra/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Toorale National Park in the Outback NSW region
  • Toorale National Park and SCA is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra).

Getting there and parking

Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is in Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. To get there:

From Bourke:

  • Drive 10km north from Bourke along Hungerford Road.
  • Turn left onto Wanaaring Road and continue for 22km.
  • Turn left onto Toorale Road and drive 38km on the unsealed road until you enter Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area.
  • Continue 4.5km along Toorale Road and turn right at the iconic white Toorale plough sign.

From Louth:

  • Drive across the bridge and travel 2km.
  • Turn right at the Tilpa sign and travel 27km on the unsealed Toorale Road until you enter Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area.
  • Continue 26km along Toorale Road and turn left at the iconic white Toorale plough sign.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Parking

Parking is available in Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra), just a short walk from the homestead.

Facilities

Drinking water is not available. It’s essential to bring your own.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Carpark

Accommodates up to 10 vehicles and a 40-seat coach.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beware of wildlife when driving at dawn and dusk.

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.

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

  • The toilets are wheelchair-accessible.
  • The walking track around the homestead has been gravelled for easier access, but assistance may be required for people who use a wheelchair.

Prohibited

Camping

Fishing

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

Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is in Toorale National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Birdwatching spectacular

Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

After the rains, the vast natural floodplain springs to life and the wetlands bring an abundance of birdlife. A fabulous spot for birdwatching, bring your binoculars for the chance to see the iconic brolga, pink cockatoo, or the wide range of waterbirds such as the Australian pelican, pied cormorant and royal spoonbill.

Inland rivers

Darling River drive, Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. Photo: Gregory Anderson

Toorale National Park marks the junction of two mighty inland rivers and provides one of only a few opportunities to access the Darling and Warrego rivers. Set up camp on the Darling riverbank, or spend a leisurely day checking out the local wildlife, birdwatching and fishing.

Rich pastoral history

Toorale Homestead precinct, Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area. Photo: Gregory Anderson

A relative newcomer to the national park family, Toorale was purchased in 2008. The large pastoral station and woolshed changed hands many times, and many people have a historic connection to Toorale, including Henry Lawson, who worked on the station for a short period during the 1890s.

  • Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra) is a must-see for outback travellers near Bourke. Built on the lands of the Kurnu-Baakandji People, Toorale Station was once part of the world’s largest sheep station.

The People of Darling River

Aboriginal Discovery Coordinators at the reconstructed Bourke Wharf on banks of Darling River. Photo: P Nicholas/OEH

This country between the Warrego and Darling rivers is of spiritual and cultural significance to Kurnu-Baakandji People. The name Baakandji comes from the word ‘paaka’, meaning ‘Darling River’, so Baakandji are the People belonging to Darling River. Take a Discovery tour to learn about the culture and heritage of the region as well as local bush tucker such as wild orange, quandongs, wild plum bush, wild bananas and bush tomatoes.

Environments in this park

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