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Kinchega National Park

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Broken Hill:

    • Take Menindee Road, which becomes Nr Menindee - Broken Hill Road as you leave town
    • This takes you all the way to Menindee and the entrance of Kinchega National Park

    From Ivanhoe:

    • Take the Cobb Highway for 4km out of Ivanhoe
    • Turn left onto Ivanhoe-Menindee Road and follow for 200km to Menindee and the entrance to Kinchega National Park

    Park entry points

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    By bike

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

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    It's a great time for a camping trip when the weather is a bit cooler and the park is springing to life after the sleepy winter.

    Summer

    Cool off after a hot day of exploring in the park's rivers or lakes.

    Winter

    Throw in your line below Weir 32 on the Darling river – you might catch a golden perch. You'll need a current NSW recreational fishing licence though, and you must abide by bag limits and protected species fishing laws.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 34°C

    Highest recorded

    49.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    May and October

    Driest month

    April

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    150.6mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has a pay and display envelope payment system - please bring correct coins.

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

    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.

    In some parks, high levels of blue-green algae can occur in lake systems and in rivers in the Outback. Please avoid direct contact with blue-green algae in the water and as surface scum at all times.

    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.

    Kinchega National Park

    Contact

    • in the Outback NSW region
    • Kinchega National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day. The park has a pay and display envelope payment system - please bring correct coins.

      Buy annual pass
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    Visitor centre

    • Kinchega Visitor Centre
      673 Woolshed Drive, Menindee NSW 2879
    • Kinchega Visitor Centre is always open but it's unstaffed (self service)

    Nearby towns

    Menindee (1 km)

    Menindee is the gateway to Kinchega National Park, where the Darling forms a chain of natural lakes. Make sure you see this amazing sight as the sun sets of the dead river gums in the lakes.

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    Broken Hill (111 km)

    About 10 km from Broken Hill, in the middle of the Living Desert Reserve, is Sundown Hill, the site of the Living Desert Sculptures. Follow the easy walking trail that takes you past these beautiful sandstone sculptures, even more striking in this desert setting.

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    Lake Menindee, Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer