Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre, White Cliffs

Paroo-Darling National Park

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Before you head to Paroo-Darling National Park, why not stop and spend a little while at the visitor centre. Pick up a map, read useful information about the park, and relax at the sheltered picnic areas before you start your journey.

Visitor centres
2 Johnston Street, White Cliffs, NSW, 2836 - in Paroo-Darling National Park in Outback NSW
Opening times

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Open some weekends. Please note this visitor centre is unstaffed.

Please note

This is a remote park and can be very hot during summer. Please arrive well prepared – bring plenty of fuel, food, water, and equipment and tell a family member or friend about your travel plans.

This is an unstaffed visitor centre stocked with maps and other useful information for visitors. It's a good idea to read up on our outback safety tips before visiting this area and check the weather before you set out as roads in the area can become impassible when it rains. 

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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All the practical information you need to know about Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre, White Cliffs.

Getting there and parking

The visitor centre is at White Cliffs. If you're traveling from Wilcannia it will be on your left.


Parking is available in a hard-packed ground carpark behind the visitor centre.

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.


Picnic tables

There's a picnic table and 2 picnic shelters outside the visitor centre.


Step-free access

The visitor centre is flat and step-free. There's a concrete ramp that leads up to the main entrance. Inside the visitor centre, there are flat timber floors.

The area around the visitor centre is also flat and step-free, with gravel pathways that lead to the facilities.

Seats and resting points

There's a bench seat south-east of the visitor centre.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

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


Disability access level - easy

  • Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre is flat and step-free, with a concrete ramp that leads up to the main entrance, and gravel pathways that lead to the facilities outside the visitor centre.
  • The main doorway is a single door.
  • Inside the visitor centre, there are flat timber floors.
  • There's a picnic table and 2 picnic shelters outside the visitor centre and a bench seat south-east of the visitor centre for resting. The picnic tables are set along gravel pathways, but you'll need to cross over hard-packed ground to reach the bench.



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Learn more

Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre, White Cliffs 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.

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Plants and animals protected in this park


  • 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.


  • 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

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