Whittabrinnah heritage walk

Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park

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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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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All the practical information you need to know about Whittabrinnah heritage walk.

Track grading

Features of this track


0.5km loop



Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


No steps


Flat: The walk is mostly flat with some gentle hills.

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles: The walk is 1.5m-wide and hard-packed ground along most of its length.

Other barriers

Other barriers: The walk crosses an ephemeral creek where the ground is soft sand with steep edges, tree roots, rocks and other trip hazards.

Getting there and parking

Whittabrinnah heritage walk is in the Whittabrinnah Hotel precinct of Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park. To get there from Tibooburra:

  • Travel 26km east of Tibooburra along Tibooburra Road, to where it becomes Narriearra Road.
  • Continue travelling straight onto Narriearra Road, and drive for another 19km. You'll pass through 2 gates to enter the park.
  • Whittabrinnah Hotel precinct is the first area you’ll reach after entering the park. It's 10km into the park, past the second gate and park entrance sign.

Tibooburra is the closest town, 45km west of the park. Broken Hill is 377km to the south west.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather


Parking is available in a gravel carpark, a short distance from the start of the walk.


The closest non-flush toilets are located at Caryapundy lookout, around 30 minutes drive from the carpark.


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 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 - hard

Whittabrinnah heritage walk is a 1.5m-wide hard-packed ground track that's mainly flat with some gentle hills. Most of the track is accessible with assistance.

There's a point where the track crosses an ephemeral creek with soft sand, steep edges, tree roots, rocks and other trip hazards. People with reduced mobility may need assistance in this part of the walk. The crossing is not accessible for wheelchairs, prams or mobility scooters.


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

Whittabrinnah heritage walk is in Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Home to over 500 species

Grey grasswren. Photo: Jeff Hardy © DPIE

Although at first glance the outback may look like a barren landscape, you’ll find that this isn’t the case in Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park. Numerous endangered and threatened species live here, and some are found nowhere else in NSW. From the scurrying bearded dragon to a soaring wedge-tailed eagle, there are around 540 species recorded in the park (not including plant species). You may even be lucky enough to spot the endangered grey grasswren (pictured) flitting through the lignum surrounding Bartons tank bird hide.

  • Caryapundy lookout loop drive If you’re staying in Tibooburra and only have time for a day drive, try this return drive through Narriearra. Bring a picnic and set out on your journey through this extraordinary outback national park.
  • Caryapundy tank bird hide If you’re a keen birdwatcher, don’t miss a visit to Caryapundy tank bird hide in Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park, near Tibooburra. It’s a great place to see some amazing bird species.

The drovers' hotel

The old cattleyards at Narriearra Station, Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park. Photo: Joshua Smith ©DPIE

Whittabrinnah Hotel was once a bustling place where drovers stopped by on their way through the Adelaide Gate to the markets at Broken Hill and Adelaide. The hotel stood for around 25 years until it burnt down in the early 1890s, and was never rebuilt. You can still see the remaining stone material from the hotel’s buildings, hearths and foundations, and the stockyard across the road. There’s also galvanised iron material amongst a scatter of glass bottles and ceramic jars from daily life at the hotel. The heritage values of these objects are defined by the connection they have with the Whittabrinnah Hotel, so please don’t remove them from this location.

  • Caryapundy lookout loop drive If you’re staying in Tibooburra and only have time for a day drive, try this return drive through Narriearra. Bring a picnic and set out on your journey through this extraordinary outback national park.
  • Whittabrinnah heritage walk 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.

Plants and animals protected in this park


  • Close up of the head and chest of a grey grasswren with a fly on its its breast. Photo: Jeff Hardy/DPE © Jeff Hardy

    Grey grasswren (Amytornis barbatus barbatus)

    The endangered grey grasswren (Bulloo subspecies) lives in the semi-arid floodplains of far western NSW and Queensland. Around 90 percent of this rare bird's NSW habitat is protected within Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park.

  • Five pelicans stand at the beach shore in Bundjalung National Park as the sun rises. Photo: Nick Cubbin © DPE

    Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

    The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

  • 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.

  • Echidna. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

    One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • River red gum, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Photo: Paul Childs

    River red gum (Eucalpytus camaldulensis)

    Australian native plants, majestic river red gum trees are widespread across Australian inland river systems. The river red gum is a dominant tree species of the Murray-Darling basin which spans NSW, Queensland and Victoria. This iconic native eucalypt grows to a height of 30m and is thought to have a lifespan up to 500-1000 years.

  • 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