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Kalyarr National Park

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Kalyarr National Park is on the Hay Plain, west of the Riverina town of Hay. It’s one of the flattest places on earth. Camp overnight and enjoy stargazing under one of the most spectacular night skies on the planet.

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Kalyarr is the traditional Country of the Nari Nari People, who maintain their connection to Country today. There are thousands of cultural sites in the park, including hearths, earth mounds, stone artefacts and scar trees.

When you’re visiting the western Riverina, stop for a picnic barbecue at Lake Ita picnic area. Or if you’re camping overnight, book your stay at Lachlan River campground. The next morning you can set out from there for a bushwalk along the Kalyarr cultural trail. Keep an eye out for red kangaroos, emus, wedge-tailed eagles and shingleback lizards.

In wet years, Lake Ita fills and the park becomes a haven for waterbirds. Birdwatchers will be busy spotting uncommon species like white-bellied sea-eagles and pink cockatoos. After spring rains, stunning wildflowers transform the landscape with colour.

Kalyarr was once part of the area's rich pastoral development. Old woolsheds and homesteads on the park are a great destination for history buffs.

Highlights in this park

  • A picnic table and wood barbecue on the banks of the river at Lachlan River campground in Kalyarr National Park. Photo: Jessica Murphy © DPIE

    Lachlan River campground

    Pitch your tent on the riverbank at one of 4 secluded campsites in Lachlan River campground, near Hay. Set among river red gums, it’s a peaceful place...

  • Covered picnic area with Ita Lake in the distance, Kalyarr National Park. Photo: Mitchell Fosdick © DPE

    Lake Ita picnic area

    Lake Ita picnic area is a great spot for lunch and birdwatching. Nestled beside Ita Lake in Kalyarr National Park, it’s ideal if you’re staying in Hay...


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