Peery Lake picnic area
Paroo-Darling National Park
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
- Paroo-Darling National Park
- 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 the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/peery-lake-picnic-area/local-alerts
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All the practical information you need to know about the Peery Lake picnic area.
Getting there and parking
Peery Lake picnic area is in the northern section of Paroo-Darling National Park. To get there:
From White Cliffs:
- Take White Cliffs Mandalay Road (SR6) for 33km
- Turn left at the T-junction on to Wilcannia Wanaaring Road (SR5), and follow for 20km.
- A short 2km unsealed road to the right off the Wilcannia Wanaaring Road takes you to the picnic area.
- Take the Wilcannia Wanaaring Road (SR5) north for approximately 108km
- Turn right at the signs for Peery Lake day use area and drive 2km to the Peery Lake carpark
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Dry weather only
- Parking is available at the Peery Lake picnic area carpark
- From the carpark its 50m walk to the shelters, gas BBQ and 30m to the toilet
- There is parking for 7 vehicles and 2 larger vehicles (buses/caravans)
Best times to visit
It's a haven for waterbirds, so the best time of year to visit is when Peery Lake is full. Spring is a good time to see emu chicks and at other times you may see kangeroos, eagles and falcons.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
23°C and 36°C
5°C and 19°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Limited mobile phone access.
Single stall accessible drop (self composting) toilet.
2 picnic tables with chairs.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet.
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre, White Cliffs
Corner Keraro Road & Johnston Street, White Cliffs NSW 2836
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Peery Lake picnic area is in Paroo-Darling National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
A unique and diverse ecosystem
The Paroo Overflow and its associated wetlands sustain a unique ecosystem, including such threatened species as the freckled duck and blue-billed duck. You may also see black-breasted buzzards, pink cockatoos, pied honeyeaters and any one of 55 bird species that visit the lakes. Peery Lake, a major part of the system, is part of an internationally significant wetland and protected under the Ramsar Convention.
The Paakantyi and Ngiyeempaa People have traditionally made this area their home. The park is a historically and culturally important site: with its hearths, quarries and specialised microblade occupation sites, the area provides significant information about changing technologies and ways of life over the last 10,000 years.
Pastoralists were also attracted to the banks of the Darling River. As well as water, it provided a major transport corridor. Riverboats began navigating the system in the 1850s, and Cobb and Co also ran several routes through this important pastoral region.
Plants and animals you may see
Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)
With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.
Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus)
The red kangaroo is one of the most iconic Australian animals and the largest marsupial in the world. Large males have reddish fur and can reach a height of 2m, while females are considerably smaller and have blue-grey fur. Red kangaroos are herbivores and mainly eat grass.
Mulga (Acacia aneura)
Mulga are hardy Australian native plants found throughout inland Australia. With an unusually long tap root, the mulga is able to withstand long periods of drought.
Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)
A hardy Australian native plant, the saltbush is a small spreading shrub that can withstand dry salty soils such as those found in the desert plains of western NSW. It is grey-white in colour and has small spear-shaped succulent leaves. It flowers from December to April.