Whittabrinnah heritage walk
Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park
Step back in time when you do this short walk in Narriearra Carapundy Swamp National Park, near Tibooburra. It's an easy stroll around the Whittabrinnah Hotel ruins and great for all ages.
- 0.5km loop
- Time suggested
- Grade 3
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, hat, sunscreen
- Please note
- The roads from Tibooburra or Bourke and the roads within this park are unsealed gravel roads that may be closed in poor weather. Check the weather before you set out.
- Please be mindful of wildlife. Stick to tracks to avoid trampling vegetation and look out for reptiles sunbathing in the middle of the road.
- The best times to visit are autumn for the cooler weather or springtime after rain, when the park comes alive with wildflowers like spotted fuchsia bush, Sturts pigface and variable daisy. Note that if you visit within 1 to 3 months after good rainfall, roads may only be open to 4WD vehicles, and some roads in the northern part of the park may not be open at all.
The Whittabrinnah Hotel precinct is the first area you’ll reach after entering the park. Pull off Caryapundy lookout loop drive into the hotel precinct carpark and set off on this 500m easy walk.
As you weave your way around the old Whittabrinnah Hotel ruins, you’ll step back into another time. Imagine ordering a cool drink at the pub counter during its mid 19th-century hey day. All that remains now are the cast iron building structures, old glass bottles and porcelain container shards, which bring the past clearly back into the present. Along the walk you’ll pass by an old burial plot, a good place to pause and take it all in.
You’ll also cross an ephemeral creek on this short walk. Enjoy the satisfying feel of the clay soil cracking beneath your feet and breathe in the scent of eucalyptus. Can you spot budgies and cockatiels flitting through the coolabahs or at rest in the waterbush shrubs?
This is a ideal walk for all ages, including people with a lower level of fitness. It’s great for history buffs. Try to time your visit for the spring or autumn months when the weather is cooler.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Tibooburra Visitor Centre
- Tibooburra Visitor Centre is always open but it's unstaffed (self service)
- 08 8091 3308
- 51 Briscoe Street, Tibooburra NSW 2880
- in Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park in the Outback NSW region
- Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, road closures or fire danger.