Beni State Conservation Area

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Overview

Excellent birdwatching, bushwalking, picnicking, cycling and horse riding opportunities await you at Beni State Conservation Area, near Dubbo in central west NSW.

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Discover a peaceful oasis just 10km from central Dubbo at Beni State Conservation Area. Offering an idyllic bush experience a stone’s throw from the city, this central west NSW park is loved for its bushwalking and cycling opportunities.

With its fresh air and inviting tracks and trails, you can’t help but feel energised when you visit. Experience cycling, or bring your horse along for horse riding. Check out the area’s scenic landscape and Aboriginal cultural heritage before relaxing with a packed lunch at Two Dams picnic area.

If you like birdwatching, you’re in for a treat at Beni. It’s home to over 140 bird species, including several threatened woodland and waterbirds. Sit and listen as the melody of birdsong mixes with the call of frogs at sunset. And if you’re lucky, you may even see a possum or a wallaby hopping by.

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/visit-a-park/parks/beni-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Contact

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Beni State Conservation Area.

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Getting there and parking

From Dubbo:

  • Follow Myall Street east through town
  • Continue along Myall Street, which then turns into Whitewood Road.
  • Follow Whitewood Road to the end, where you’ll find the entrance to Beni State Conservation Area.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Beni State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Take a leisurely walk or jog along the trails and creek lines that criss-cross the park Enjoy the gentle autumn sun and head to the sandstone creek lines to view old Aboriginal grinding grooves and artefacts .

Spring

Come along for the Beni Spring Spin cycling event (organised by the Dubbo Mountain Bike Club). Enjoy a 20km family ride or test yourself with the 40km or 60km treks. Go walking, cycling or driving around the area to enjoy the array of wildflowers blooming at this time of year .

Summer

Plan an evening visit to hear the resident frogs calling from the dams' edges. Avoid the heat by visiting first thing in the morning. As birds are such early risers, you'll be treated to a wealth of sights and sounds before the rest of the world is even out of bed. .

Winter

Head to the picnic area between the two dams on a crisp winter morning and keep warm with a cup of billy tea. Watch as you sip, keeping an eye out for wallabies emerging for a morning drink. See Australia's floral emblem up close as the park's abundant wattle trees burst into fluffy, yellow bloom .

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 34°C

Highest recorded

44.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

-5.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

202.2mm

Facilities

Picnic tables

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

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).

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.

Nearby towns

Dubbo (13 km)

Dubbo is an excellent place for families to enjoy together. There are kid-friendly attractions, a wide variety of accommodation, beautiful picnic spots, vast open spaces and the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

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Narromine (53 km)

As well as delicious produce and beautiful flower farms, Narromine is rich in aviation history, claiming the country's oldest regional aero club. With some of the best thermals in the world, it's a great place to watch the planes glide by while delving into Australian aviation's rich past.

www.visitnsw.com

Wellington (55 km)

Visit the Wellington Caves to admire the huge stalagmite in Cathedral Cave, once thought to be the largest in the world. Don't miss the unusual and beautiful cave coral in Garden Cave.

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Learn more

Beni State Conservation Area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Our first Australians

Grinding grooves, Beni State Conservation Area. Photo: C Chaffey

Beni State Conservation Area contains a number of creek lines once used by local Aboriginal groups for water, food and shelter. To see evidence of this, make a beeline for one of the area's sandy creeks or gullies. There, you can see some small artefacts and grinding grooves - indentations made by Aboriginal people sharpening their axes and tools on the sandstone.

In the sky, and on the ground

Wattle in bloom, Beni State Conservation Area. Photo: M Bannerman

Beni State Conservation Area is an important habitat for a number of threatened woodland birds, including the brown treecreeper, speckled warbler and varied sittella. Look out for the red-capped robin and eastern ringneck during the day, and in the evening you might hear the hoot of boobooks owls, tawny frogmouths and the threatened barking owl. It's possible you'll see an echidna, swamp wallaby or wallaroo, along with a variety of lizards, frogs and the odd goanna, too.

  • Two Dams picnic area Refuel and go birdwatching at Two Dams picnic area in Beni State Conservation Area. A great picnic area near Dubbo in central west NSW, it’s also a good starting point for bushwalking or cycling.

Get out and about

Mountain bike riders on the Beni Spring Spin trails, Beni State Conservation Area. Photo: C Chaffey

Bushwalking, running, cycling and horse riding are popular activities for Dubbo residents and visitors alike. Ride along one of the many criss-crossing trails - you'll find 45km of double track - but don't forget that these are shared with walkers and vehicles. If you're serious about cycling, why not join the annual Beni Spring Spin, held right here in the park? And if you're not sure which trails to explore on your visit, grab a brochure from the park office or information bay.

Australian landscapes

Two Dams picnic area, Beni State Conservation Area. Photo: M Bannerman

This is a great place to bask in majestic Australian bushland and remnant native forest. Abundant cypress and ironbark woodland give you a typical taste of central west NSW, but you'll also find some small patches of the white box, yellow box and Blakely's red gum woodland endangered ecological community. There are wattle trees abound, along with a myriad of shrubs, which transform into a riot of wildflowers in spring. Be sure to stay on marked tracks and - delicate ground orchids are found in Beni State Conservation Area.

  • Two Dams picnic area Refuel and go birdwatching at Two Dams picnic area in Beni State Conservation Area. A great picnic area near Dubbo in central west NSW, it’s also a good starting point for bushwalking or cycling.

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What we're doing

Beni State Conservation Area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.