Warrego Floodplain walking track

Toorale State Conservation Area

Closed due to current alerts 

Overview

The short, easy Warrego Floodplain walking track offers lookout views of the vast floodplain, birdwatching and seasonal wildflowers, in Toorale National Park, south of Bourke.

Where
Toorale State Conservation Area
Accessibility
Easy
Distance
1km return
Time suggested
30min
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
Opening times

Dry weather only.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, suitable clothing, binoculars
Please note
  • Please respect the wishes of the Kurnu-Baakandji People by protecting the natural and cultural features of the park.
  • This walk is in a remote location. Weather can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • You can pick up maps and brochures from the Bourke NPWS office or Bourke Visitor Information Centre.

Take a stroll through the vast Warrego Floodplain of Outback NSW on this short, accessible walk. Starting from Warrego Floodplain picnic area (Wariku Pulka), the wide dirt track passes through an avenue of shady coolibah trees to the sheltered Warrego Floodplain lookout.

The lookout is a great spot to take in views across the expansive floodplain. It’s best to time your visit for March to October, when temperatures are cooler and summer rainfall has made the landscape come alive with wildflowers, and waterbirds flock to the floodplain.

Birdwatchers and keen photographers will enjoy spotting brolgas, bustards, cormorants, pelicans and spoonbills. As you wander along the track, keep an eye out for sand goannas, kangaroos, emus and shingleback lizards (known locally as bogeyes). Don’t be deceived by the flat landscape – sand ridges and clay depressions are home to an array of native plants and animals.

After your walk, enjoy lunch at the picnic area then head to Toorale Homestead precinct (Yarramarra), or explore the park further along Warrego Floodplain Drive (Wampa-wampa Wariku Pulka).

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

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/walking-tracks/warrego-floodplain-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Warrego Floodplain walking track.

Track grading

Grade 2

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

    30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    1km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Warrego Floodplain walking track is in Toorale National Park. To get there:

From Bourke:

  • Drive around 10km north from Bourke along Hungerford Road, following the national park signs
  • Turn left onto Bourke-Milparinka Road and continue 22km
  • Turn left onto the unsealed Toorale Road and follow 38km until you enter Toorale National Park
  • From the park entrance, continue 13km then turn right onto Warrego Floodplain Drive
  • Drive 14km to Warrego Floodplain picnic area carpark.

From Louth:

  • Cross the bridge and head west on Weeling Road for around 3km
  • Turn right at the Tilpa sign onto the unsealed Toorale Road and follow 25km until you enter Toorale National Park
  • From the park entrance, continue 17km then turn left onto Warrego Floodplain Drive
  • Drive 14km to Warrego Floodplain picnic area carpark.

Road conditions and access

  • Warrego Floodplain Drive is dry weather access only.
  • Unsealed roads to, and within, Toorale National Park may close due to wet weather. It’s a good idea to check conditions and closures with the NPWS Bourke office or Bourke Shire Council before you set out. Fines apply for driving on closed roads.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Warrego Floodplain picnic area, where this walk starts.

Facilities

  • Toilets, picnic tables and car parking are available at Warrego Floodplain picnic area.
  • You’ll need to bring your own supply of drinking water.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided, so please take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • This is a remote location. Weather can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • It’s a good idea to advise a family member or friend of your travel plans before you set out.

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 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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

  • Warrego Floodplain walking track is a 2m-wide compacted dirt track with several gravel sections.
  • The track is suitable for wheelchairs, prams and visitors with limited mobility. Some assistance may be required on the gravel sections or gentle hills.
  • There are picnic tables at the picnic area where the walk starts and ends, and bench seats at the lookout provide rest stops.

Easy access is free of obstacles such as steps, rough terrain or significant slopes, and may have ramps or boardwalks.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Please camp in designated campgrounds, at Darling River campground (Yapara Paaka Thuru).

Cycling

Not permitted on this walking track. You can cycle along Warrego Floodplain Drive.

Fishing

Gathering firewood

Generators

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.