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Peery Lake picnic area

Paroo-Darling National Park

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A birdwatching paradise when Peery Lake is full, stop for a barbecue or a short walk  at Peery Lake picnic area – in the northern section of Paroo-Darling National Park.

Picnic areas
Please note
  • Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre is a good place to pick up maps and information about the park
  • The closest towns are White Cliffs (55km south-west) and Wilcannia (110km south)
  • Peery Lake is in an isolated part of the region and you should have provisions for yourself and passengers for at least a full-day.
  • Your vehicle should be in good condition and fuel up before departure from the last town.

If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to unwind on your outback adventure, cook up a barbecue and stretch your feet at Peery Lake picnic area. You’ll have a view of Peery Lake, and maybe a surprise visit from local kangaroos and emus enjoying a feed.

When Peery Lake is full, it transforms into a spectacular inland playground for water birds, and you can take a canoe out for a paddle. Even when it’s dry, the lake bed is home to freshwater plants and animals. Hear the calls of pink cockatoos, mulga parrots and red-backed kingfishers, and you might even spot the elusive grey falcon if you’re lucky.

May to November is the best time to visit, especially when winter rains bring a wonderful show of wildflowers in spring.

Peery Lake is a significant place to the Barkandki Aboriginal Traditional Owners, and you'll find Aboriginal sites are scattered all around the lake's edge and surrounding cliffs.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

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Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

Paroo Darling National Park joint management program

To acknowledge the commitment NSW National Parks has in working with the Paroo-Darling National Park Elders Council, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in November 2010. This agreement ensures that Aboriginal people have meaningful involvement in the management of the park, which features Aboriginal sites and places of cultural value.

Aboriginal Joint Management, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer