Tunnel Road picnic area

Woomargama National Park

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Overview

Located at the entrance to Woormagama National Park, near Holbrook, Tunnel Road picnic area is an idyllic spot where you can experience birdwatching, walking and wildflower displays in spring.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Woomargama National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

The restoration of the old quarry site at Tunnel Road picnic area is both pretty and impressive. Lots of native plants and bushes – flowering common fringe myrtle with its pale-pink blooms and stunning yellow bitter-peas among them – have been planted to ensure that this quiet spot is as scenic and beautiful as it is peaceful.

Located at the main entrance to Woomargama National Park, this is a great spot to cook up a barbecue. After your feast, stretch your legs with a short walk around the picnic area, or a ride on your mountain bike. Many animals, including wombats, echidnas and wallabies can be seen around here, so the kids will love it.

There is also a map of the entire park on display, so if you’re really enjoying your time at Tunnel Road picnic area, you can work out where else you might like to explore.

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/tunnel-road-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Tunnel Road picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Tunnel Road picnic area is on the western edge of Woomargama National Park. To get there from Albury:

  • Travel north on Hume Highway
  • Take the Woomargama exit
  • Turn right into Tunnel Road and travel about 10km to the park’s boundary

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Tunnel Road picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

The crisp air offers excellent conditions for exploring either on foot or by mountain bike.

Spring

Many of the wildflowers are in bloom; including the pale-pink common fringe myrtle; native fuchsia, with its red bell-shaped flowers, and the yellow bitter-peas.

Summer

Camp in the bushland by Basin Creek, where it's cool, at Tin Mines campground.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

43.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

–2.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

August

Driest month

February

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

124mm

Facilities

  • You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

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.

Nearby towns

Albury (32 km)

There are plenty of adventure experiences to enjoy around Albury-Wodonga. They include cycling, hiking and horse riding at Lake Hume, white-water rafting on the Upper Murray or a leisurely river cruise.

www.visitnsw.com

Holbrook (7 km)

During World War I, anti-German sentiment led to Germanton being renamed Holbrook, after British Navy Submarine Commander Norman Holbrook. Today, you can clamber all over the submarine HMAS Otway, which lies in parkland on the main road, and visit the Holbrook Submarine Museum.

www.visitnsw.com

Wagga Wagga (34 km)

Wagga Wagga is renowned for its stunning parks and award-winning gardens. Take a tour through the 20 hectares of themed garden beds in the beautiful Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens complete with mini zoo and free-flight aviary.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Tunnel Road picnic area is in Woomargama National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Outstanding attractions

Tunnel Road picnic area, Woomargama National Park. Photo: D Pearce

This wild landscape offers activities for all. Pitch a tent at one of the two campgrounds and use it as a base for exploring the surrounds. Pull on your hiking boots and hit the many trails that cross the park. They also offer a great ride if you fancy testing your limits on a mountain bike. It doesn't have to be quite so full-on though. There are many beautiful wildflowers and animals that are best observed quietly, and photographers will love the view from Norths lookout.

  • Norths Lookout Offering scenic views of Murray Valley, Snowy Mountains and Riverina, see Australian landscapes from Norths lookout, where you can picnic and relax.
  • Tunnel Road picnic area Located at the entrance to Woormagama National Park, near Holbrook, Tunnel Road picnic area is an idyllic spot where you can experience birdwatching, walking and wildflower displays in spring.

Slice of history

Tin Mines campground, Woomargama National Park. Photo: D Pearce

Talk about an interesting past - Woomargama has just that. In 1924, explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell set off from Sydney to see if there was an overland route to Melbourne. While you're there, you'll appreciate how difficult their hiking must've been. Hume and Hovell walking track, a 440km bushwalking trail from Yass to Albury, almost directly follows their footsteps. Before it was named a national park, parts of Woomargama were mined for tin and used as grazing land.

Tall timber

Norths lookout, Woomargama National Park. Photo: D Pearce

Situated in the transition zone between the mountainous NSW south-west slopes and the broad plains of the Riverina district, Woomargama has a vast range of forest and woodland communities. It contains the largest remnant community of box woodlands on the south-west slopes and is also home to the rare phantom wattle, which flowers golden yellow in spring.

  • Norths Lookout Offering scenic views of Murray Valley, Snowy Mountains and Riverina, see Australian landscapes from Norths lookout, where you can picnic and relax.

Wild things

Short beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Woomargama National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Some of the more common animals you'll see are echidnas, wombats, gliders, kangaroos and wallabies. These natives are best spotted in the early morning or late afternoon when they're most active. There are rare creatures too: listen for the 'ark' calls of the brown toadlet which lives in burrows or under rocks. Look upwards to catch a flash of colour as a bright green superb parrot flies overhead.

  • Tunnel Road picnic area Located at the entrance to Woormagama National Park, near Holbrook, Tunnel Road picnic area is an idyllic spot where you can experience birdwatching, walking and wildflower displays in spring.

Education resources (1)

Norths lookout, Woomargama National Park. Photo: Dave Pearce/NSW Government