Culgoa Connellys track

Culgoa National Park

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Culgoa Connellys track is an easy 8km return trail through open coolabah woodlands, with plenty of animals to see and opportunities for birdwatching and astronomy.

8km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade 5
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Please note
  • The small townships of Weilmoringle, on the south-west side of Culgoa, and Goodooga, on the east side of Culgoa, offer no fuel, so please ensure you have enough before departure.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

Thanks to the Jolly Swagman and his billabong, coolabah trees are iconic in Australian folklore. Culgoa Connellys track has loads of them – in fact, it threads for 4km through open coolabah woodlands, with birds circling overhead and emus rushing through scrub along the track. After rainy season, the ground blooms with native wildflowers, too.

Reached from Culgoa River campground, Culgoa Connellys track is suitable for everybody, from families and grey nomads to experienced bushwalkers. Bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and that all-important sense of adventure, and this easy walk delivers plenty of rewards. While it's Grade 5 for not having directional signage, you'll still find this an easy walk for all ages.

If you’re river camping, consider bringing a torch as a great deal of wildlife is most active at night. So, follow the track in the evening for a completely different experience to a chorus of frogs and cicadas. You might like to look up for a bit of amateur astronomy while you’re at it.

You can even extend the stroll by following the adjoining Yawura Yarun (Sandhill track), which offers a return walk to the campground as well.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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  • in Culgoa National Park in the Outback NSW region
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All the practical information you need to know about Culgoa Connellys track.

Track grading

Features of this track


8km return


2 - 3hrs

Quality of markings

No directional signage

Experience required

No experience required




Occasional steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Culgoa Connellys track starts from Culgoa River campground in the Burban Grange precinct of Culgoa National Park. To get there:

  • Take the unsealed road north-east of Bourke for 180km, or the unsealed, dry weather road north of Brewarrina for 120km.
  • The campground is 14km from the southern entrance of the park

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Culgoa National Park can become boggy when it rains and the roads are susceptible to flooding.


Parking is available at Culgoa River campground.

Best times to visit

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


After reasonable winter rains, the park erupts with blooms of native wildflowers, and animals begin to raise their young.


Summer in Culgoa can be incredibly hot, so hiking should be attempted by experienced walkers only. For everybody else, this is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the coolness of Culgoa River.


This is a great time to settle in at Culgoa River campground, with winter the best time for walking in the park. Wildlife is still abundant and birdwatching is superb.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


21°C and 34.9°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


5.7°C and 19.6°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


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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.

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

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.



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


Gathering firewood


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.

Learn more

Culgoa Connellys track is in Culgoa National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Historic heritage

Culgoa claypans, Culgoa National Park. Photo: OEH

Charles Sturt was the first European explorer to venture here, in 1829, but colonial pastoralists were not far behind. By the 1860s, settlements were established right across the region, with large properties like Byerawering, Cawwell and Burban Grange, where Culgoa River campground can be found today. Culgoa National Park is committed to conserving the pastoral history of the area.

Iconic plants and animals

Culgoa River walk, Culgoa National Park. Photo: Dinitee Haskard

Culgoa has enough animals to keep even the most knowledgable naturalist glued to their binoculars: 24 mammals, 170 species of bird, 29 lizards, seven types of snake, and 15 types of frog. If you're lucky, you might spot a long-necked tortoise - there are many varieties in the park. Even more special, Culgoa has one of the largest koala populations in northern NSW. 

  • Culgoa Connellys track Culgoa Connellys track is an easy 8km return trail through open coolabah woodlands, with plenty of animals to see and opportunities for birdwatching and astronomy.
  • Yuwura Yurun Yuwura Yarun (Sandhill track) offers the most comprehensive walk in Culgoa National Park, crossing diverse habitats and offering birdwatching and picnicking opportunities.

Rich cultural life

Nebine Creek, Culgoa National Park. Photo: OEH

Aboriginal Australians have a long relationship with Culgoa. Murrawarri people, from the Gandugari group, consider it traditional land and it has significant archaeological and cultural value. Other tribal groups include the Ngemba, Ngaampaa, Paakandji, Morawari and Budjiti, who work with the NPWS in discussions of land management. Today, Murrawarri descendants reside in the area around the park, including the townships of Weilmoringle, Brewarrina, Goodooga, Bourke and Enngonia. These people retain a strong oral history of the region, expressed as traditional knowledge, beliefs, personal history and attachment to the landscape.

Under the shade of a coolabah tree

Culgoa National Park. Photo: OEH

Culgoa is the only national park in NSW with Brigalow-gidgee woodland. It also has the largest continuous tract of coolabah woodland left in the state, meaning plenty of opportunities to settle down in the afternoon 'under the shade of a coolabah tree'.

  • Culgoa Connellys track Culgoa Connellys track is an easy 8km return trail through open coolabah woodlands, with plenty of animals to see and opportunities for birdwatching and astronomy.
  • Mirri Mirru Yurun Mirri Mirru Yurun (River Bank walk) is an easy 1km walk along Culgoa River, with opportunities for wildlife viewing and a place to stop for a barbecue afterwards.

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