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Kalyarr National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kalyarr National Park.

Getting there and parking

Kalyarr National Park is on Maude Road, 30km west of Hay and 22km east of Maude village. There are 3 main visitor areas in Kalyarr National Park: Darcoola, Norwood and Thelangerin.

To get to Darcoola area from Hay:

  • Drive west on Cadell Street/Maude Road.
  • Continue for 30km, then turn north onto Darcoola Main Road.

To get to Norwood area from Hay:

  • Drive west on Cadell Street/Maude Road.
  • Continue for 46km, then turn north onto Oxley Road.
  • Continue for 19km, then turn east onto Norwood Main Drive.

To get to Thelangerin area from Hay:

  • Drive north on the Cobb Highway.
  • Continue for 38km, then turn west onto Corrong Road.
  • Continue for 25 km, then turn south onto Thelangerin Road.

Road quality

Check the weather forecast before setting out. Roads are often impassable after even light rain, and bogged vehicles may not be towed for several days.

4WD only near rivers and ephemeral creeks.

  • Unsealed roads

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Best times to visit

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


Camp at Lachlan River campground in mid-autumn when the days are still long enough to explore the park, and nights are cool and you can enjoy a meal over the campfire. It’s a great time to walk the Kalyarr cultural trail along the river.


Early spring rains bring masses of wildflowers including wattles, orchids, lilies, pigface and paper daisies. Migratory birds start to return for the summer.


Higher rainfall and cooler weather make the park greener and lusher than at any other time of year. Warm afternoons are followed by early sunsets and cold, clear nights.


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.

Consider carrying a personal locator beacon.

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.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife safety

Keep yourself and our wildlife safe by understanding the risks of wildlife encounters and how to avoid them.

What's permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners


Camping is only permitted at Lachlan River campground.


Bikes are permitted on public roads.


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

What's prohibited

Recreational hunting in NSW national parks is an illegal activity and is a fineable offence.

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.

Kalyarr National Park


Nearby towns

Hay (30 km)

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