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Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa)

Toorale National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa).

Getting there and parking

Many Big Rocks picnic area is in Toorale National Park. To get there:

From Bourke:

  • Travel 10km north along Hungerford Road, then turn left onto Wanaaring Road.
  • Drive 22km then turn left onto Toorale Road, which is unsealed.
  • Travel 38km to the entrance of Toorale National Park, and continue for 1.5km.
  • Travel 38km to the entrance of Toorale National Park.
  • Around 1.5km past the park entrance turn left at the Darling River Drive sign.
  • Follow the signs along Darling River Drive for 18km, until you reach Many Big Rocks picnic area.

From Louth:

  • Cross the bridge heading west and travel 2km, then turn right at the Tilpa sign.
  • Travel 25km on the unsealed Toorale Road. After crossing the stock grid, you’ll see the entrance to Toorale National Park.
  • Continue 28.5km on Toorale Road and turn right at the Darling River Drive sign.
  • Follow the signs along Darling River Drive for 18km, until you reach Many Big Rocks picnic area.

Road quality

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 conditions before you set out. Don’t drive on closed roads – heavy fines apply.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Many Big Rocks picnic area.

Facilities

  • The nearest toilet is at the Toorale Homestead precinct, 22km away.
  • Water is not available, so make sure you bring plenty of drinking water for your stay.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Picnic tables

Carpark

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.

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.

Wildlife safety

Beware of wildlife when driving at dawn and dusk.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area, as the picnic area ground surface is unsealed.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

You can camp at the basic Darling River campground (Yapara Paaka Thuru), located 500m from the picnic area.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Map of Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa), Toorale National Park. Image: OEH

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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.