Yuwura Yurun

Culgoa National Park

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Overview

Yuwura Yarun (Sandhill track) offers the most comprehensive walk in Culgoa National Park, crossing diverse habitats and offering birdwatching and picnicking opportunities.

Where
Culgoa National Park
Distance
10km loop
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 4
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is no mobile reception in this park.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Yuwura Yurun, also known as Sandhill track, crosses sandhills and open cypress pine woodlands, taking you into the scrublands of the national park. Yuwura Yurun turns away from Culgoa - unlike Mirri Mirru Yurun (River Bank walk), which sticks closely to Culgoa River - and traverses a wide variety of environments, offering the best glimpse of why Culgoa National Park is a special place.

There is coolabah woodland, Brigalow-gidgee woodland, mulga forests and wide grassland areas, not to mention claypans and sand dunes. Culgoa is remarkable not only for its solitude but its diversity, including its birds and animals too.

Yuwura Yurun is a longer walk, at 10km, but not particularly difficult, so it’s suitable for moderate fitness. Take your time, perhaps stopping when you find a place to picnic, or there are the tables and barbecue facilities at Culgoa River campground when you’re done.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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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 Yuwura Yurun.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    3 - 4hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    10km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Yuwura Yurun (Sandhill track) is 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 Yuwura Yurun carpark is at the information bay, which is only 600m into the park.
    • Alternatively, access the walk along Culgoa Connellys track which starts from Culgoa campground, 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.

    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

    Parking is available at Yuwura Yurun carpark or 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

    Facilities

    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

    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.

    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. 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.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Yuwura 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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