Mirri Mirru Yurun

Culgoa National Park

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Overview

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.

Distance
1km return
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 5
What to
bring
Drinking water, sunscreen, hat
Please note
  • There's limited water available in this area, so you'll need to bring your own.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the roads are susceptible to flooding
  • This park is in a remote location, so please be well-prepared and tell a family member or friend about your travel plans.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • There is no mobile reception in this park.

Mirri Mirri Yurun, also known as River Bank walk, follows the bank of Culgoa River, threading between majestic red gums. After a wet season, spring sees the ground flourish with wildflowers as well. This is an easy walk but a good one, offering a modest introduction to the park, and a chance to enjoy a stroll without having to worry too much about equipment. Nevertheless, make sure you take a hat and plenty of water.

You might want to bring binoculars for a spot of birdwatching too, or, if you’re artistically inclined, an easel with some paints: the landscape is fascinating around here, with rich soil and a stark palette of Australian outback colours. Expect to see gidgee and coolabah trees, with emus and native birds hanging around the waterholes.

After your relaxing walk, take advantage of the tables at Culgoa River campground, settling down to finish the day off with an afternoon picnic or a barbecue.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Current alerts in this area

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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/walking-tracks/mirri-mirru-yurun/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Culgoa National Park in the Outback NSW region
  • Culgoa National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mirri Mirru Yurun.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    30min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    1km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Mirri Mirru Yurun (River Bank walk) 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

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. The larger towns of Bourke and Brewarrina are good places to stock up.

Parking

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.

Spring

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

Summer

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.

Winter

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

Average

21°C and 34.9°C

Highest recorded

46.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

5.7°C and 19.6°C

Lowest recorded

-3.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

207.1mm

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.

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.

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.

Permitted

Fishing

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

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.

Learn more

Mirri Mirru Yurun 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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