Flea Creek picnic area

Brindabella National Park

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Overview

Pack a picnic and spend the day relaxing by the Goodradigbee River at Flea Creek picnic area. Enjoy a spot of birdwatching, fishing and swimming.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Brindabella National Park
What to
bring
Drinking water, clothes for all weather conditions, sunscreen, hat

Surrounded by the Brindabella mountains, Flea Creek picnic area is a great place to get away from the city for the day and idle away the afternoon under the shade of the casuarina trees. It’s also a perfect lunch spot if you’re 4WD touring throughout the park.

There’s plenty of wildlife and birdlife to see here. You might find the yellow-tailed black cockatoo and peregrine falcon flying high above, or perhaps be lucky enough to spot a more threatened species like pink robin or the olive whistler.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/picnic-areas/flea-creek-picnic-area/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Flea Creek picnic area.

Getting there and parking

On entering Brindabella National Park:

  • Take either the Webbs Ridge Trail or the Gentle Annie Trail to access the Flea Creek picnic area

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Flea Creek picnic area can become boggy when it rains and snows.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Flea Creek picnic area

Best times to visit

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

Spring

Enjoy the milder weather and take in the spectacular views and spring wildflowers as you explore the park on one of the many 4WD trails.

Summer

Perfect for a camping weekend on the banks of the Goodradigbee River. Relax under the shade of a river she-oak and see if you can spot a wallaby or kangaroo feeding on the river flats.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

11°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

42.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded

-10°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

August

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

200mm

Facilities

  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.
  • Pit toilets are wheelchair-accessible

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park is in a remote location. Please be well-prepared, and tell a family member or friend about your travel plans.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

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).

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 dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Flea Creek picnic area is in Brindabella National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Adventure abounds

Fishing at Flea Creek, Brindabella National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Brindabella offers a network of alpine trails just waiting to be explored by 4WD or trail bike. There are also several options for bushwalkers to explore the park, and even the opportunity to go horse riding on tracks from Doctors Flat Road northwards. Stay overnight at one of the remote campgrounds, or visit for the day and enjoy a leisurely picnic on the banks of the Goodradigbee River.

  • Flea Creek picnic area Pack a picnic and spend the day relaxing by the Goodradigbee River at Flea Creek picnic area. Enjoy a spot of birdwatching, fishing and swimming.

Lands of the Ngunawal, Wolgalu and Wiradjuri peoples

McIntyres campground, Brindabella National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Brindabella National Park lies within the tribal boundaries of the Ngunawal, Wolgalu and Wiradjuri people. To this day, the area has a spiritual significance to Aboriginal people. Mount Coree, which stands tall on the western side of the park, is named after the Aboriginal word for moth. Before European settlement, the area was a hunting ground for bogong moths.

The alpine huts of Brindabella

McIntyres Hut, Brindabella National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Brindabella includes several remains of the network of alpine huts that were once scattered throughout the Australian Alps. Visit Hume Sawmill in the north or head west to see McIntyres Hut on the Goodradigbee River. The original hut was built by Les McIntyre in 1948 as a fishing hut, but was burnt down in the late 1990s and was rebuilt by a group of keen 4WDers.

Wildlife wonders

Looking across the mountain range in Brindabella National Park. Photo: OEH

Brindabella's unique alpine and sub-alpine environment is home to many native animals, including threatened mammals like the spotted-tailed quoll or the yellow-bellied glider. With over 80 different species of birds seen in the park, it's also a birdwatchers haven. Look out for the yellow-tailed black cockatoo and peregrine falcon flying overhead, and have your binoculars handy to spot threatened species like the powerful owl, pink robin and olive whistler.

  • Flea Creek picnic area Pack a picnic and spend the day relaxing by the Goodradigbee River at Flea Creek picnic area. Enjoy a spot of birdwatching, fishing and swimming.

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