Livingstone National Park

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Overview

Close to Wagga Wagga, Livingstone National Park and Livingstone State Conservation Area are great for camping, mountain bike riding, horse riding, picnicking, 4WD touring and birdwatching.

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Just 30km south of Wagga Wagga, Livingstone National Park and the nearby Livingstone State Conservation Area boast close to 2,000ha of richly varied bushland. Wherever you travel throughout the park, you’ll be struck by the diversity of the ever-changing landscape. In spring, when all the native wildflowers burst with colour, including several species of orchids, the landscape is simply spectacular. Austral indigo, kangaroo thorn and clustered everlasting are a must-see at this time of year.

Take a walk, mountain bike or enjoy a horse ride along Livingstone multi-use track. Birdwatchers will enjoy the chance to spot many threatened woodland birds, including turquoise and swift parrots and scarlet and hooded robins. You’ll also glimpse eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, wombats and goannas on your adventure through Livingstone National Park.

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/livingstone-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Livingstone National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    From Wagga Wagga:

    • The northern end of Livingstone National Park can be reached via Holbrook Wagga Road, O’Brian’s Creek Road and Wrigley’s Road, approximately 30km south of Wagga Wagga.
    • To access the southern end of the park, take Holbrook Road from Wagga Wagga for approximately 33km. Turn left onto Burrandana Road and travel approximately 10km. Then, turn left at Burrandana Hall.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • All roads require 4WD vehicle

    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 Transport NSW website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Livingstone National Park and State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    With a milder climate, and the mornings crisp and dewy, autumn is a great time to visit. Bring your camera to capture images of the many iconic animals in the park, such as eastern grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies.

    Spring

    Spring is a great time to go walking, mountain bike riding, horse riding and 4WD touring through the network of trails when the weather is generally milder. Wildflowers are in full bloom, and the colours are captivating and so is the scent in the air.

    Summer

    Visit early in the day when it's cooler and take the time to walk through the park's winding trails and appreciate the wonderful plants and animals that call this park home along the way. It's also a great time for birdwatching.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 32°C

    Highest recorded

    44.8°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    3°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -6.3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    October

    Driest month

    January

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    249.2mm

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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.

    There is the potential for motorised vehicles, mountain bike riders and horse riders to be on the same trail and any given time.  Please drive and ride responsibly and use caution when traveling through the park.

    There are no facilities or drinking water within the park.  Take your own water and bury any toilet waste.

    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

    Wagga Wagga (30 km)

    Wagga Wagga is renowned for its stunning parks and award-winning gardens. Take a tour through the 20 hectares of themed garden beds in the beautiful Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens complete with mini zoo and free-flight aviary.

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    Henty (57 km)

    Henty is known for its connections with notorious bushranger Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan. It's also where Headlie Taylor, a citizen of Henty, invented the grain harvester in 1914. Take the Henty Historical Village Walk to learn more about the town's history.

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    Junee (69 km)

    Don't miss the exhibits of the huge Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum. The Roundhouse, complete with a 33-m turntable and 42 tracks, was the last steam train depot built in NSW.

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    Learn more

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

    Wild about wildflowers and wildlife

    Mountain Grevillea (Grevillea alpina), Livingstone National Park. Photo: J Caldwell

    During spring, you'll see an abundance of beautiful plants flowering in Livingstone. Bursts of purple Austral indigo interspersed with yellow kangaroo thorn, cream-coloured grass trees, and nodding blue lily (which is actually purple) form a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours. A population of Yass Daisy, a threatened species, occurs in Livingstone - the most south-westerly limit of its known range. Six distinctive forest ecosystems here make for a uniquely varied, interesting landscape. The park also contains a diverse range of native animals, including 5 amphibian species, 9 reptile species, 15 mammal species, and 185 species of birds. Many threatened species have been recorded here, and it's a sanctuary for swift, superb and turquoise parrots, barking owls, hooded robins, and diamond firetails.

    • Livingstone multi-use track Livingstone multi-use track is a great loop track you can enjoy while bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding. Go orienteering, birdwatching, camping, near Wagga Wagga.

    Pastoral historic heritage

     Livingstone National Park. Photo: OEH

    Livingstone National Park was once pastoral holdings until the area was converted to a state forest in 1917. Continuous, though limited, mining occurred from 1872 to 1950, and again in the early 1980s. Early mining activity was for gold and, in later times, wolframite. Today, there is still evidence of trenches, mullock heaps, and mine shafts.

    Lands of plenty

    Native vegetation in Livingstone National Park. Photo: J Caldwell

    Livingstone National Park is Wiradjuri Country. The land and all within it has great importance to local Aboriginal spirituality and culture - art, ceremonial sites and spiritual places are throughout this outstanding landscape. Many plants, such as grass trees and mugga ironbark, have been used to produce shields, medicine and boomerangs. Livingstone is covered by the Wagga Wagga Local Aboriginal Land Council, so when you're in this country, you're in a place where Aboriginal culture is integral to its past, present and future.

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    What we're doing

    Livingstone 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.