Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa)
Toorale National Park
Enjoy an outback picnic at Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa) in Toorale National Park, near Bourke. You can also birdwatch or fish by the banks of the Darling River, under a shady coolabah tree.
- Picnic areas
- Toorale National Park
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, clothes for all weather conditions, insect repellent
- Please note
- This is a remote picnic area, with no toilet or water facilities, please make sure you arrive well prepared.
- It's a good idea to pick up maps and brochures from the NPWS Bourke office or Bourke Visitor Information Centre. You may want to bring a topographic map, compass or GPS.
- The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable. Check conditions and closures before you set out.
- Please respect the wishes of the Kurnu-Baakandji People by protecting the natural and cultural features of the park.
Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa) is a tranquil stop along the Darling River driving route. Enjoy a picnic lunch by a bend in the river, under the coolabah trees and river red gums. Spend some time fishing from the riverbank or natural rock weir to see if the yellow belly or cod are biting.
Stretch your legs with a walk along the water's edge to catch a glimpse of waterbirds like cormorants and spoonbills. Chances are you'll also spot emus, kangaroos bouncing around, or a wedge-tailed eagle soaring above.
After your break, you'll be ready to continue exploring Toorale National Park. Visit Toorale Homestead to see the outback's pastoral history, or learn about the Kurnu-Baakandji People and their strong connection to these lands. At Mount Talowla lookout you'll be greeted with vast outback views of the floodplains, and seasonal wildflowers, stretching towards Mount Gunderbooka.
At the end of the day, the basic Darling River campground (Yapara Paaka Thuru) is located 500m from the picnic area. You can also camp, or stay at an old homestead or shearer's quarters, in Gundabooka National Park.
The best times to visit are during the cooler months, between April and September.
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Toorale National Park has important Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal historical value, and is home to several heritage precincts within an area known as Toorale Station. Purchased by the NSW Government in 2008, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has begun a repair and conservation project to protect this property and its farming history for future generations.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 02 9585 6831
- Bourke office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6830 0200
- 51-53 Oxley Street, Bourke NSW 2840
- in Toorale National Park in the Outback NSW region
Toorale National Park and SCA is open sunrise to sunset, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger