Boonoo Boonoo National Park

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Overview

Only 35km from Tenterfield, Boonoo Boonoo National Park has a stunning waterfall, secluded swimming holes, hiking tracks, camping areas, accommodation and picnic spots.

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After Banjo Patterson proposed to his sweetheart, Alice Walker, at Boonoo Boonoo Falls lookout, there was movement at Tenterfield cattle station. Word had passed around that the station owner’s daughter had got away. Presumably she loved the guy, but it’s possible that his charming choice of setting in which to pop the question might have helped sway her answer. Alice didn’t have a chance and she and Banjo married in 1903.

Today, Boonoo Boonoo (pronounced bunna-bunoo) is still the ultimate romantic setting, especially after heavy rain. From the lookout is an uninterrupted view of Boonoo Boonoo River cascading over the granite cliff edge to become a spectacular waterfall that plunges 210m into the gorge below. Nearby, you’ll find walking tracks and shady places to picnic. Secluded rock pools along the river, lined by wildflower-filled bushland, are the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Animals including the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby, vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll, platypuses, kangaroos and wallabies can be spotted at dawn and dusk, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. There are heaps of birds to see too, including waterbirds and the glossy black-cockatoo.

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Getting there and parking

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    From Tenterfield:

    • Turn right onto Naas Street at the northern end of Rouse Street, then turn left onto Logan Street.
    • Drive for 21km down sealed Mount Lindesay Road, passing Basket Swamp National Park.
    • Turn right onto sealed Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road, and drive for 5 km to the park entrance.
    • Continue along unsealed Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road for 9 km to Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area where you can park.

    From Stanthorpe:

    • From High Street, turn right on Amosfield Road, then take a slight right towards Tenterfield along sealed Mount Lindesay Road.
    • Crossing Mursons and Jenner Creeks, continue past Bald Rock National Park.
    • Turn left onto sealed Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road, and drive for 5 km to the park entrance.
    • Continue along unsealed Boonoo Boonoo Falls Road for 9 km to Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area where you can park. 

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    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Boonoo Boonoo Falls can become inaccessible during heavy rain.

    • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking, including accessible parking, is available at Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area. Bus parking is also available just south of Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Boonoo Boonoo National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    This is the season for wildflowers. The mild weather at this time of year is also particularly good for camping.

    Summer

    The water in the large secluded rockpools along Boonoo Boonoo River will give sweet relief from the summer heat.

    Winter

    Temperatures can plunge overnight and mornings are often frosty, so be well-prepared if you're camping. Winter days are often sunny, cloudless and warm enough to enjoy a picnic or a long hike.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    14°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    38.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    2°C and 14°C

    Lowest recorded

    -10°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    228.6mm

    Facilities

    • There is no drinking water available, so please bring your own.
    • There are no rubbish bins, so take all your rubbish away with you.

    Toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    Drinking water

    Drinking water is not available, so it's a good idea to bring your own.

    Showers

    Electric power

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)

    Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

    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.

    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.

    Fire safety

    During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    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).

    Paddling safety

    To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Waterfall safety

    Waterfalls are beautiful destinations but please be safe when visiting these natural wonders. Read these waterfall safety tips before exploring waterfalls on your next walk.

    Accessibility

    • Boonoo Boonoo picnic area has an accessible parking space and picnic table. It also has a toilet accessible for people with reduced mobility but not people in wheelchairs.
    • Rockpools View walk is fully accessible.

    Permitted

    • Swimming in Boonoo Boonoo River is permitted but make sure to check for underwater hazards before going in the water.
    • Be careful when clambering over rocks as they can be slippery, especially after rain and when there are high water levels.

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    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

    Tenterfield (27 km)

    Sir Henry Parkes delivered his famous "birth of our nation" speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts in 1889. His rousing speech is credited with being the decisive moment that set the country on its path toward Federation in 1901.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Glen Innes (119 km)

    Set in the most prolific sapphire region of Country NSW, Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show and the annual Australian Celtic Festival, and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Casino (154 km)

    Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It's set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Boonoo Boonoo National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Have you seen the wildlife?

    Endangered brush-tailed rock-wallabies can be found in Boonoo Boonoo National Park near Tenterfield. Photo: Leah Pippos, © DCCEEW

    Boonoo Boonoo takes its name from the Jukambal language and means ‘big rock’. Known for its stunning waterfalls, secluded waterholes and many walking trails, this national park is home to many plants and animals including kangaroos, endangered brush-tailed rock-wallabies and vulnerable spotted-tailed quolls which you may see throughout the park in the early morning and late afternoon. You may also be lucky enough to spot platypuses frolicking in Boonoo Boonoo River.

    • Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area is not only a great place to eat and rest, it teems with wildlife and wildflowers and is close to walking tracks, lookouts and Boonoo Boonoo Falls.
    • Falls Lookout walk For views of magnificent Boonoo Boonoo Falls, why not wander along Falls Lookout walk, only 35km from Tenterfield.
    • Morgans Gully picnic area Visit Morgans Gully for a relaxing picnic, and investigate gold mining historic heritage surrounded by wildflowers and embellished with a waterfall and geological formations.

    Gold fever

    Morgans Gully, Boonoo Boonoo National Park. Photo: David Young

    Morgans Gully and Ropers Gully are two sites in the park where alluvial gold was discovered in the late nineteenth century. As a result, there was a huge influx of European and Asian prospectors to the area. As well as giving the nearby town of Tenterfield a massive economic boost, the village of Boonoo Boonoo temporarily flourished, though it is now in ruins.

    Though nature has reclaimed these gullies too, imagine what the areas might have looked, sounded and smelt like when they were teeming with men from here and all over the world, half-crazy with gold fever.

    Fabulous falls

    Boonoo Boonoo Falls are in Boonoo Boonoo National Park near Tenterfield. Photo: Joshua J Smith, © DCCEEW

    The park's jewel is Boonoo Boonoo Falls. If you'd like to see what this feature is really made of, visit during the wetter months of summer. Even if the falls aren't pumping, though, they're still beautiful and there will always be rockpools along Boonoo Boonoo River to swim in, walking tracks to follow and riverside picnics to indulge in.

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    What we're doing

    Boonoo Boonoo National Park 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.