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Waa Gorge picnic area

Mount Kaputar National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Waa Gorge picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Waa Gorge walking track is in the Waa Gorge precinct of Mount Kaputar National Park. Allambie Road is dry weather access only. To get there:

From Narrabri:

  • Travel north along Newell Highway towards Moree for 3km
  • Turn right onto Killarney Gap Road (Bingara Road).
  • After about 21km, turn left onto Melburra Road (SR3 to Terry Hie Hie).
  • After approximately 30km, you’ll reach a T-junction. Turn right on Allambie Road to Waa Gorge.
  • Travel 6.5km to the park entrance. Waa Gorge carpark and picnic area is a further 1.5km.
From Moree:
  • Travel east on Gwydir Highway towards Warialda
  • After 6.2km, turn right to Terry Hie Hie.
  • Travel about 35km through Terry Hie Hie and take the left fork through the Berrygil portion of Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area. Travel 14km and turn left onto Allambie Road.
  • Travel 6.5km to the park entrance. Waa Gorge carpark and picnic area is a further 1.5km.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Waa Gorge can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Waa Gorge picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

This is one of the best times of year to visit the park, with ideal temperatures for bush walking, cycling and camping.

Spring

A beautiful time of year to enjoy the abundant wildflowers and birds.

Summer

Escape the heat of the plains by heading up into the park.

Winter

Experience the mist surrounding the high plateau area and enjoy the beauty of the occasional blanketing of snow. Be prepared for the temperatures about 10°C cooler than in the nearby town of Narrabri.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

21°C and 35°C

Highest recorded

43.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-5.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

188mm

Facilities

  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park.

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.

Waa Gorge picnic area

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Waa Gorge picnic area, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Daniel Trudgeon