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Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park

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Overview

Narriearra is in the far north-west corner of NSW, in Channel Country, east of Sturt National Park and Tibooburra. It's a great destination for bird watchers, photographers and outback travellers.

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Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park is the traditional Country of the Karengappa Aboriginal People. The Wongkumara and Malyangapa People also share ties to this land.

From late 2021, you’ll be able to drive the 74km Caryapundy lookout loop drive and stay the night at Caryapundy lookout campground along the way. When Caryapundy Swamp is full, you’ll have ringside seats to observe the visiting water birds. At Bartons tank you might even see the tiny threatened grey grasswren. It's only found in NSW in this area.

Closer to the park's entrance, you’ll also be able to visit the historic Whittabrinnah Hotel precinct. Explorers Burke and Wills struck camp in the area in the 1860s, around 10 years before the old hotel was built.

In wet years, the Bulloo River floods out on Narriearra, terminating in huge temporary wetlands. These enormous semi-permanent lakes in the desert are known as Caryapundy Swamp and the Bulloo Overflow. They attract massive numbers of nesting water birds and other wetland wildlife.

The park supports many diverse ecosystems. Stands of whitewood trees rise from sand dunes, and low open saltbush shrubs grow across vast grasslands. There are lignum wetlands on the floodplains, and coolabahs line the creeklines in the park's south. Wedge-tailed eagles, red kangaroos and brolgas are just some of the extraordinary wildlife you’ll see here.

 

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Discover Sturt by outback driving tour

Who knew NSW had a red desert? The land is arid in Sturt National Park but there's a sense of peace and solitude that’s hard to find elsewhere. Breathe in the big skies, epic landscapes, and contemplate the infinite nature of it all. So, let's get driving!

Sunset in Sturt National Park, Outback NSW. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

General enquiries

Contact

  • in the Outback NSW region
  • Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, road closures or fire danger.
  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has self-registration pay boxes at the Whittabrinnah Historic Hotel precinct. Please bring correct coins.

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