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Mitchell Park picnic area

Cattai National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Mitchell Park picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Mitchell Park picnic area is located in the Mitchell Park section of Cattai National Park. To get there, take Mitchell Park Road from the Cattai Road or Wisemans Ferry Road. The picnic area is located in the large field downhill from the entry gate.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available along the road throughout the park, parking spaces are not marked.

Best times to visit

Cattai National Park is a great place to visit all year round. Head to the park for a winter picnic in the sun or a family camping holiday during spring. Walking and bike riding are popular autumn activities in the park and summer is perfect for boating and paddling along the river.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

42.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-7.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

309.4mm

Facilities

Water is not available, you'll need to bring your own supply for cooking and drinking.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

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

Assistance may be required to access this area.

  • The picnic area is mostly flat, with grass and gravel terrain.
  • A wheelchair-accessible toilet is located at the amenities block, about 200m from the picnic area.

Permitted

  • You can bring your own gas barbecue, but these are not permitted on Total Fire Ban days.
  • Large group camping may be permitted in this area, but you'll need prior approval from the Scheyville office.

Fishing

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

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Gathering firewood

Generators

Horses

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.

Mitchell Park picnic area

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Park info

  • in Cattai National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Cattai National Park opens from 8am to 5pm (May to October) and 8am to 8pm (November to April). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day (including motorbikes). The park has pay and display machines -cash and credit cards accepted..

    Buy annual pass