Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area

Oolambeyan National Park

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Not just an excellent spot for picnicking, Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area in Oolambeyan National Park is also a great spot for birdwatching, walking and cycling.

Picnic areas
1002 Oolambeyan Road, Carrathool, NSW, 2711 - in Oolambeyan National Park in Murray-Riverina
What to
Binoculars, drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • There's no camping at this park but you can camp nearby at Murrumbidgee Valley regional and national parks.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.

Enjoy walking among the roses, go birdwatching under the trees and find a shady spot to enjoy a picnic at Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area. This peaceful location, 125km from Griffith, is a great spot for a day trip in the Riverina region. If you’ve got the kids with you, they’ll love cycling along neighbouring trails.

During spring and autumn, when the temperatures are mild and the days sunny, many birds, including noisy galahs and pretty blue bonnets, visit the gardens. See kangaroos resting under the boree trees or grazing on the native grass ‘oval’. The sugar gums adjacent to the area are also popular with brown goshawks and black kites.

Visit the historic shearing sheds and other farm buildings, some of them dating back to the 1930s, and discover the historic heritage of this site. It's easily combined with nearby Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Local alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area is in the Oolambeyan Homestead precinct of Oolambeyan National Park. To get there:

  • From Hay, follow the Sturt Highway east for approximately 55km.
  • Turn right into Gum Creek Road
  • Take Oolambeyan Road and the Entrance Trail to the homestead precinct
  • Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area is approximately 6km from the park entrance and 50m south of the old homestead

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area can become impassable when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area.

Best times to visit

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


See Oolambeyan Homestead's roses in full bloom during autumn The colour changes in the landscape and the clear days make for lovely walking and beautiful photographs .


Rainbow bee-eaters migrate to the park, and these small, brightly coloured birds can be seen around the homestead. Wildflowers, such as paper daisies and darling peas, are in full bloom and carpet the landscape in yellow, white, purple and green .


This is the best time of year to see superb parrots which migrate here to feed in the cypress pines and boree woodland.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


15°C and 33°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


4°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day




Visitors need to use the toilet at the Oolambeyan Homestead, located off the southwest veranda

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

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).


Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.



There are no designated campgrounds in Oolambeyan National Park. Free camping is not permitted. You can camp nearby at Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park and Murrumbidgee Valley National Park.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area is in Oolambeyan National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Flying high

Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax), Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

An incredible world of birds can be discovered at Oolambeyan National Park. The park was established to protect the plains-wanderer, however these elusive birds are very rare. Easier to spot are interesting woodland varieties -the yellow-rumped thornbill, superb fairy wren, red-capped robin and apostlebird - common around the homestead picnic area. Get your binoculars out if you fancy spotting a raptor. Wedge-tailed eagles are one of the most notable species you'll find here, building their nests in white cypress pines across the park, but you may also spy black kites and brown goshawks. As well as birds, Oolambeyan is home to many species of animals. Around the old homestead, you’re likely to spy the kangaroos – red kangaroos and eastern and western grey kangaroos – that reside here. During the heat of the day, they often rest under the boree trees, although they also graze on the short grass of the oval. Possums are also common residents, but keep your eyes peeled for shingle-backed lizards, lace monitors and carpet snakes.

  • Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area Not just an excellent spot for picnicking, Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area in Oolambeyan National Park is also a great spot for birdwatching, walking and cycling.

Land of the Wiradjuri

Grasslands in Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

This land represents a very important food-gathering region for the local Wiradjuri People. Aboriginal sites, including scarred trees, ovens and stone artefacts, can be found throughout the park.

The recent past

 Oolambeyan Homestead, Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Around Oolambeyan Homestead, constructed in 1926, there are many buildings that will be of huge interest to history buffs. There are ram sheds and a sweating shed (where sheep were held before shearing), some dating back to the 1930s. Jump on your bike or take a hike to find a remote rabbiter’s hut and other historic buildings.

  • Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area Not just an excellent spot for picnicking, Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area in Oolambeyan National Park is also a great spot for birdwatching, walking and cycling.

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