Peery Lake picnic area

Paroo-Darling National Park

Overview

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.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Paroo-Darling National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
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

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

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.

From Wilcannia:

  • 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

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

  • 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

Summer temperature

Average

23°C and 36°C

Highest recorded

48.6°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

-3.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

173.2mm

Facilities

Limited mobile phone access.

Toilets

Single stall accessible drop (self composting) toilet.

Picnic tables

2 picnic tables with chairs.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Paddling safety

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

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Permitted

Fishing

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

Prohibited

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.

Visitor centre

Learn more

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

A mob of emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

Aboriginal heritage

Aboriginal rock engravings in Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

European history

Coach and Horses campround, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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

Animals

  • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

    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, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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, Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

Plants

  • Mulga. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    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. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    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.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

Peery Lake full of water in 2012. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH