Wagun picnic area

Deriah Aboriginal Area

Overview

A highlight of Deriah Aboriginal Area, near Narrabri, is wheelchair-accessible Wagun picnic area. Ideal for families, the kids will love Culture Sculpture walk.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Deriah Aboriginal Area
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching

Nestled on the slopes of Nandewar Ranges, Wagun picnic area offers a tranquil bush setting for a family get-together in Deriah Aboriginal Area, near Mount Kaputar National Park and Narrabri. Enjoy a barbecue lunch while learning about the unique culture of the local Gamilaraay People, in this peaceful picnic area.

After lunch, enjoy a short walk around Culture Sculpture loop walk, where you’ll see several sculptures of animals that feature in traditional stories and represent totems for the Gamilaraay People. The kids will love to discover ‘How the goanna got its stripes’ and ‘Why the brush turkey lays its eggs in the ground’.

Soak up the tranquil views across the cypress ironbark forest and if you’re into birdwatching, keep an eye out for the diamond firetail, speckled warbler and the brown treecreeper. If you’re keen to explore further, don’t miss the spectacular views from Biruu gaba lookout walking track.

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/wagun-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Deriah Aboriginal Area in the Country NSW region
  • Deriah Aboriginal Area is always open but may have to close at times due to severe weather or extreme fire danger.

See more visitor info

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Wagun picnic area is in Deriah Aboriginal Area and located on Carinya Road.

To get there from Narrabri:

  • Drive south-east along Old Gunnedah Road for 3km, then turn left onto Kaputar Road.
  • After 9km, turn right onto Eulah Creek Road and continue for 5km until you reach the unsealed section.
  • Follow the unsealed section of Eulah Creek Road for 6km, past the olive farm, before turning right onto Carinya Road.
  • Follow this route up the hill to enter Deriah Aboriginal Area
  • After 1km you'll see the information bay on the left
  • From the information bay, travel east along Carinya Road for 2km and Wagun picnic area is on your right.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Wagun picnic area can become boggy when it rains 

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Bus parking is available (one small bus space) parking is available at Wagun picnic area.

 

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Deriah Aboriginal Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Enjoy bushwalking or mountain biking along the area's roads and trails.

Spring

A spectacular time to enjoy the activities of the area's abundant birdlife and wildlife.

Summer

Escape the heat of the plains in the dry rainforest, where you can enjoy bushwalking and picnicking as well as a range of cultural activities.

Winter

Soak up the sun while enjoying a picnic and take advantage of the scenic views available on a clear winter day.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

19.4°C and 35.3°C

Highest recorded

43.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

3.4°C and 17°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 not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

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
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

  • The picnic area and toilets are fully wheelchair-accessible
  • Culture Sculpture walk may require moderate assistance as it has a number of low steps

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

Barraba (15 km)

Barraba is a birdwatcher's paradise - spot the rare Regent Honeyeater on one of the region's 14 bird routes, which have fine tree cover and good public access. There are plenty of great spots for bushwalking, such as through remnant rainforest in Mount Kaputar National Park.

www.visitnsw.com

Moree (21 km)

Join a Heritage and Art Deco Guided Walk to uncover Moree's outstanding collection of period architecture. Wander along the main street of Moree which showcases heritage-listed buildings influenced by American, Egyptian, Greek and Spanish design practices. 

www.visitnsw.com

Narrabri (4 km)

Explore Pilliga Forest to see salt caves, native flora and fauna, and bore baths, or enjoy camping and bushwalking in Mt Kaputar National Park. Mt Kaputar's summit offers magnificent panoramic views, and there's excellent cabin accommodation within the park.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Wagun picnic area is in Deriah Aboriginal Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient volcanic landscape

Deriah Aboriginal Area. Photo: Dirk Richards

The region offers spectacular scenery of steep volcanic rock cliff lines and soft sandstone that has eroded over time into unique formations. The volcanic rocks were created by eruptions that formed the Nandewar Range shield volcano, around 19-21 million years ago. Lava flows were pushed out from beneath the earth’s surface and spread across the land. The lava cooled when it was exposed to the air and hardened to make new rocks.

Bird watching paradise

Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

The Deriah forest region protects a huge and diverse range of bird species, including numerous threatened and significant bird populations. Take your binoculars for a chance to see spotted harrier, little eagle, little lorikeet, black-chinned honeyeater, rainbow bee-eater and hooded robin. A number of species, including the superb parrot, turquoise parrot and speckled warbler, are listed as vulnerable.

Education in the forest

Deriah Aboriginal Area Information Bay, Deriah Aboriginal Area. Photoi: Dirk Richards

An innovative education package is available for Deriah Aboriginal Area. It aims to incorporate Aboriginal cultural heritage into all aspects of the curriculum. The package provides teachers with excursion options and activities within Deriah forest for stage 1-3 of the NSW Syllabus.

Gamilaraay country – Gamilaraay culture

Biruu Gaba lookout walking track, Deriah Aboriginal Area. Photo: Dirk Richards

Deriah Aboriginal Area is of high cultural value to the local Aboriginal community and contains important evidence of their lives in the area, with a large number of significant sites recorded including scarred trees and grinding grooves. The exact origin of the name ‘Deriah’ is unknown, although it may have come from the Gamilaraay word ‘dhiriya’, meaning ‘old’. Deriah Aboriginal Area Co-management Committee was formed in 2008 to work in partnership with NPWS to help guide management of the reserve and encourage connection with country. This committee consists of Aboriginal community members from Narrabri who represent Gamilaraay families with a historical connection to the area.

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Wagun picnic area, Deriah Aboriginal Area. Photo: Dirk Richards