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The Pines picnic area

Cocoparra National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about the The Pines picnic area.

Getting there and parking

The Pines picnic area is off Woolshed Flat Road, Cocoparra National Park. To get there from Griffith:

  • Take Beelbangera Road towards Yenda for approximately 16km
  • Turn left onto Myall Park Road
  • Turn right onto Mount Bingar Road
  • Travel for 7km and turn left into the Whitton Stock Route
  • Travel a further 4.6km and turn right into Woolshed Flat Road
  • The Pines picnic area entrance is a further 3.1km along this road

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to The Pines picnic area can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at The Pines picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Camp at Woolshed Flat while the days are still long and warm enough to explore the walking tracks and the cool nights are pleasant for sitting and watching the sun set Keep an eye out for the autumn greenhood, an early flowering orchid. .

Spring

Take Jacks Creek walking track to see gorgeous spring flowers, including orchids, daisies, wattles and tea-trees. Watch the first rainbow bee-eaters arrive to build nests in the ground. Their brilliant colours are dazzling. Climb Mount Brodgen to look out over the plains and the tree line of Murrumbidgee River .

Winter

Winter rains bring the creeks and falls to life, and the blue-tinged cypress pine trees contrast against the red rocks beautifully after wet weather. The mosses and lichens on Falcon Falls walking track are also renewed with the seasonal rains Wattles begin to flower and their glorious colour will brighten up a cold day .

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 33°C

Highest recorded

44.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

–4.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

October

Driest month

December

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

111.3mm

Facilities

  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • A free gas barbecue is supplied, but you’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

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Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Gathering firewood

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.

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