Oolambeyan National Park

Overview

For day-trippers, Oolambeyan National Park provides excellent opportunities for birdwatching, picnicking and bushwalking, near Hay and Griffith.

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Escape for the day at Oolambeyan National Park. Just 85km from Hay, in the spectacular Riverina district, its grasslands and woodlands provide a great spot for picnicking, walking and birdwatching.

Find a shady spot for a picnic in the homestead’s surviving orchard. There’s an oval with a cricket pitch nearby and many historic buildings to see – great if you’ve got the kids with you. Galahs can often be seen in the area, as can kangaroos, which often graze on the oval.

For the adventurous, management trails from the homestead can be explored by cycling and hiking.

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/oolambeyan-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Hay:

    • Take Sturt Highway east towards Narrandera
    • Turn right onto Carrathool-Conargo Road
    • Turn right onto unsealed Gum Creek Road
    • Turn right onto Oolambeyan Road, which leads to the homestead
    • Please note the road into the park isn’t accessible after rain

    Park entry points

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    Oolambeyan National Park is not accessible by public transport.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    See Oolambeyan Homestead's roses in full bloom during autumn The colour changes in the landscape and the clear days make for lovely walking and beautiful photographs .

    Spring

    Rainbow bee-eaters migrate to the park, and these small, brightly coloured birds can be seen around the homestead. Wildflowers, such as paper daisies and darling peas, are in full bloom and carpet the landscape in yellow, white, purple and green .

    Winter

    This is the best time of year to see superb parrots which migrate here to feed in the cypress pines and boree woodland.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 33°C

    Highest recorded

    47.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    4°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    –3.6°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    June

    Driest month

    November

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    121.9mm

    Facilities

    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.

    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.

    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

    Hay (85 km)

    This exciting and innovative exhibition space uses contemporary design and cutting edge technology to tell the story of Australian sheep shearing. You'll meet the shearers, shed hands, cooks, classers, cockies, sheep and dogs behind the legends at this sparkling gallery-museum in Hay.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Griffith (125 km)

    Griffith is at the heart of the vast Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and produces about 60% of the grapes grown in the State. Today, there are more than a dozen wineries in the district with world-famous names. Visit De Bortoli or Hanwood and stock up on local produce, such as jams, preserves or pasta sauces.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

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

    The recent past

     Oolambeyan Homestead, Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Around Oolambeyan Homestead, constructed in 1926, there are many buildings that will be of huge interest to history buffs. There are ram sheds and a sweating shed (where sheep were held before shearing), some dating back to the 1930s. Jump on your bike or take a hike to find a remote rabbiter’s hut and other historic buildings.

    • Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area Not just an excellent spot for picnicking, Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area in Oolambeyan National Park is also a great spot for birdwatching, walking and cycling.

    Land of the Wiradjuri

    Grasslands in Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    This land represents a very important food-gathering region for the local Wiradjuri People. Aboriginal sites, including scarred trees, ovens and stone artefacts, can be found throughout the park.

    Flying high

    Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax), Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    An incredible world of birds can be discovered at Oolambeyan National Park. The park was established to protect the plains-wanderer, however these elusive birds are very rare. Easier to spot are interesting woodland varieties -the yellow-rumped thornbill, superb fairy wren, red-capped robin and apostlebird - common around the homestead picnic area. Get your binoculars out if you fancy spotting a raptor. Wedge-tailed eagles are one of the most notable species you'll find here, building their nests in white cypress pines across the park, but you may also spy black kites and brown goshawks. As well as birds, Oolambeyan is home to many species of animals. Around the old homestead, you’re likely to spy the kangaroos – red kangaroos and eastern and western grey kangaroos – that reside here. During the heat of the day, they often rest under the boree trees, although they also graze on the short grass of the oval. Possums are also common residents, but keep your eyes peeled for shingle-backed lizards, lace monitors and carpet snakes.

    • Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area Not just an excellent spot for picnicking, Oolambeyan Homestead picnic area in Oolambeyan National Park is also a great spot for birdwatching, walking and cycling.

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    What we're doing

    Oolambeyan 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.

    Oolambeyan National Park. Photo: John Spencer