Morgans Gully picnic area
Boonoo Boonoo National Park
Visit Morgans Gully for a relaxing picnic, and investigate gold mining historic heritage surrounded by wildflowers and embellished with a waterfall and geological formations.
- Picnic areas
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
- Please note
- The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
As you explore the intriguing landscape of beautiful Boonoo Boonoo, be sure to spend some time at Morgans Gully; a fascinating area full of granite rock that marks the site of an old goldfield. At the eastern end of the gully, you’ll see historic heritage of the gold mining era. There’s a hand-dug water race where gravel was washed and, in the woodland to the east, there are two old pressure cylinders used for gold extraction.
In spring, a walk to the historic site is particularly rewarding – you’ll see boronia, banksia, grevillea and many other flowering plants and wildflowers brightening the woodlands. Watch out for kangaroos and wallabies n your wanderings and enjoy the glistening waterfall pouring into this lovely section of Boonoo Boonoo. There are platypus in the park too – if you’re quiet, you may be lucky enough to see one of these shy little creatures.
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/morgans-gully-picnic-area/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Boonoo Boonoo National Park in the Country NSW region
Boonoo Boonoo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change.Buy annual pass.
All the practical information you need to know about the Morgans Gully picnic area.
Getting there and parking
- Take the road to Amosfield
- Turn south towards Tenterfield along Woodenbong Road, continuing south past Bald Rock for a further 7km to the Bonnoo Boonoo National Park/Boonoo Boonoo Falls turn-off.
- Follow this road for 4km to the park boundary
- The 9km park access road is unsealed and ends at Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area
From the northern end of Tenterfield:
- Turn right onto Woodenbong Road and travel for 22km
- Turn right at the Boonoo Boonoo National Park/Boonoo Boonoo Falls sign
- Follow this road for 4km to the boundary of Boonoo Boonoo National Park
- The 5km park access road is unsealed and ends at Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Boonoo Boonoo Falls can become flooded during heavy rains.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Morgans Gully picnic area.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Boonoo Boonoo National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
This is the season for wildflowers. The mild weather at this time of year is also particularly good for camping.
The water in the large secluded rock pools along the river will give sweet relief from the summer heat.
Temperatures can plunge overnight and mornings are often frosty at this time of year, so be well-prepared if you're camping. Though winter days are often sunny, cloudless and warm enough to enjoy a picnic or a long hike.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
14°C and 27°C
2°C and 14°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
- Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
- You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
- Firewood may not be collected from the park – it is provided in the picnic area.
- Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
- Wheelchairs can access this area with difficulty
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
Morgans Gully picnic area is in Boonoo Boonoo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
The park's jewel is Boonoo Boonoo Falls. If you'd like to see what this feature is really made of, then visit during the wetter months of summer. Even if the falls aren't pumping, though, they're still beautiful and there will always be rock pools along the river to swim in, walking tracks to follow and riverside picnics to indulge in.
Morgans Gully and Ropers Gully are two sites in the park where alluvial gold was discovered in the late nineteenth century. As a result, there was a huge influx of European and Asian prospectors to the area. As well as giving the nearby town of Tenterfield a massive economic boost at the time, the village of Boonoo Boonoo temporarily flourished but is now ruins. Though nature has reclaimed these gullies too, imagine what the areas might have looked, sounded and smelt like when they were teeming with men from here and all over the world, half-crazy with gold fever.
Have you seen the wildlife?
Boonoo Boonoo is an Aboriginal name meaning 'poor country with no animals to provide food'. Since that name came about, before European settlement, the environment has significantly changed. Now kangaroos and wallabies visit Cypress Pine campground and the park's picnic areas at dawn and dusk. The wariest wallaby of them all, the threatened brush-tailed rock wallaby, can even be seen if you're very quiet and patient. Spotted-tailed quolls, also a threatened species, sometimes visit Cypress Pine campground at night and platypuses live and frolic in Boonoo Boonoo River.
- Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area is not only a great place to eat and rest, it teems with wildlife, wildflowers and is close to Falls lookout, rock pools and River track.
- Boonoo Boonoo Falls walking track Boonoo Boonoo Falls walking track allows a short stroll between Boonoo Boonoo picnic area and the scenic lookout onto the magnificent Boonoo Boonoo Falls.
- Morgans Gully picnic area Visit Morgans Gully for a relaxing picnic, and investigate gold mining historic heritage surrounded by wildflowers and embellished with a waterfall and geological formations.