Woomargama National Park

Overview

Woomargama National Park is the largest protected area of forest west of the Great Dividing Range. This place is great for camping, hiking and 4WD touring near Holbrook and Albury.

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It’s hardly a surprise that the vast expanse of Woomargama National Park, which is the largest protected area west of the Great Dividing Range, is home to a large number of endangered species. Birdwatching reveals wonders such as the regent honeyeater, superb parrot and powerful owl.

If you’re camping here, then you can indulge in lots of wildlife watching. There are two campgrounds, both of which offer peace and quiet away from the fast-paced world. You're unlikely to have a more soothing picnic.

Hume and Hovell walking track cuts through Woomargama, so you can pick up its trail and go hiking through the bush. There are plenty of unsealed routes to test the capabilities of your 4WD or your cycling skills on a mountain bike. But you could just soak up the fresh air on foot, admire the multitude of wildflowers and enjoy the view. From Norths lookout, the vistas are among the most spectacular in the region.

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/woomargama-national-park/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    From Albury:

    • Travel north on Hume Highway
    • Take the Woomargama exit
    • Turn right into Tunnel Road and travel about 10km to the park’s boundary

    Park entry points

    Parking

    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 NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    The crisp air offers excellent conditions for exploring either on foot or by mountain bike.

    Spring

    Many of the wildflowers are in bloom; including the pale-pink common fringe myrtle; native fuchsia, with its red bell-shaped flowers, and the yellow bitter-peas.

    Summer

    Camp in the bushland by Basin Creek, where it's cool, at Tin Mines campground.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 30°C

    Highest recorded

    43.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 16°C

    Lowest recorded

    –2.8°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    August

    Driest month

    February

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    124mm

    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).

    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

    Holbrook (24 km)

    During World War I, anti-German sentiment led to Germanton being renamed Holbrook, after British Navy Submarine Commander Norman Holbrook. Today, you can clamber all over the submarine HMAS Otway, which lies in parkland on the main road, and visit the Holbrook Submarine Museum.

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    Albury (56 km)

    There are plenty of adventure experiences to enjoy around Albury-Wodonga. They include cycling, hiking and horse riding at Lake Hume, white-water rafting on the Upper Murray or a leisurely river cruise.

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    Wagga Wagga (103 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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    Learn more

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

    Wild things

    Short beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Woomargama National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Some of the more common animals you'll see are echidnas, wombats, gliders, kangaroos and wallabies. These natives are best spotted in the early morning or late afternoon when they're most active. There are rare creatures too: listen for the 'ark' calls of the brown toadlet which lives in burrows or under rocks. Look upwards to catch a flash of colour as a bright green superb parrot flies overhead.

    • Tunnel Road picnic area Located at the entrance to Woormagama National Park, near Holbrook, Tunnel Road picnic area is an idyllic spot where you can experience birdwatching, walking and wildflower displays in spring.

    Tall timber

    Norths lookout, Woomargama National Park. Photo: D Pearce

    Situated in the transition zone between the mountainous NSW south-west slopes and the broad plains of the Riverina district, Woomargama has a vast range of forest and woodland communities. It contains the largest remnant community of box woodlands on the south-west slopes and is also home to the rare phantom wattle, which flowers golden yellow in spring.

    • Norths Lookout Offering scenic views of Murray Valley, Snowy Mountains and Riverina, see Australian landscapes from Norths lookout, where you can picnic and relax.

    Slice of history

    Tin Mines campground, Woomargama National Park. Photo: D Pearce

    Talk about an interesting past - Woomargama has just that. In 1924, explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell set off from Sydney to see if there was an overland route to Melbourne. While you're there, you'll appreciate how difficult their hiking must've been. Hume and Hovell walking track, a 440km bushwalking trail from Yass to Albury, almost directly follows their footsteps. Before it was named a national park, parts of Woomargama were mined for tin and used as grazing land.

    Outstanding attractions

    Tunnel Road picnic area, Woomargama National Park. Photo: D Pearce

    This wild landscape offers activities for all. Pitch a tent at one of the two campgrounds and use it as a base for exploring the surrounds. Pull on your hiking boots and hit the many trails that cross the park. They also offer a great ride if you fancy testing your limits on a mountain bike. It doesn't have to be quite so full-on though. There are many beautiful wildflowers and animals that are best observed quietly, and photographers will love the view from Norths lookout.

    • Norths Lookout Offering scenic views of Murray Valley, Snowy Mountains and Riverina, see Australian landscapes from Norths lookout, where you can picnic and relax.
    • Tunnel Road picnic area Located at the entrance to Woormagama National Park, near Holbrook, Tunnel Road picnic area is an idyllic spot where you can experience birdwatching, walking and wildflower displays in spring.

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    What we're doing

    Woomargama 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.

    Norths lookout, Woomargama National Park. Photo: Dave Pearce/NSW Government