2012 Western NSW National Park Trip

Hi all

My wife and I are planning a trip to include the following NSW National Parks next year:

Kitchega NP.
Mungo NP.
Yanga NP.

We have a total of twelve days to split between each park.

For those of our fellow travellers who have been to the above NPs would you mind giving me some idea re the questions below.

At this stage we are planning to spend 4 days at each park. Do you think this is enough to do each park justice or would you spend more time in one park and less in another. If so how would you break your twelve days up if it was you?

Also which of the camp grounds available in the parks would you choose?

Thanks for your ideas and comments.


Paul T
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 18:00

Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 18:00
Hi Paul, I have just loaded my blog about Mungo onto My Blogs. I have not visited the other parks. As fascinating as Mungo is, four days may be more than you really need. If you can be there on the right day (check their website - link is in my Travelogue) take a guided tour walking on the lunette, where many of the amazing ancient discoveries were made, and the delicate sculptured sandcastles are emerging from the shifting sands. Spend a few hours in the Visitor Centre reading about the ancient discoveries. The 70 kilometre loop drive can easily be done within a day, and still have time for the short walks around the Mungo shearing shed, to the edge of the lake, and the Lake Mungo lookout a short walk from the Main Campground.

We stayed at Main Campground.


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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 18:06

Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 18:06
Hi Paul. Don't know about the others but Kitchega has fairly limited facilities and camping sites. We stayed at Menindee lakes last week and then just drove to the park. If you are sightseeing for the park only then a couple of days should suit you. Menindee area itself has quite a lot to see and do. If you were going to hang around the whole area I would then base myself at Copi Hollow. We found this on our last day and it is an Oasis, very nice spot. cheers,Bob

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 19:41

Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 19:41
Forgot to mention Paul. We were given a very informative booklet called "Visitor Guide,NSW National Parks" at a NPWS talk at Silverton. I believe it is available from the NP service and is free. Maybe have a look at their website. nswnationalparks.com.au. Bob
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen - Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 20:03

Sunday, Oct 09, 2011 at 20:03
Hullo Paul

You might want to check with Mungo NP whether the loop road is open - I know it was closed a while back due to wet conditions.

Kitchega NP - old Kitchega homestead and shearing shed is interesting. Plenty of camping spots along the river - turn left after crossing the barrage from Menindee - but beware of dropping branches from the red gums.

We stayed at Bindara HS (Google it) to the south of the park border - Bill and Barb are great hosts - and did day tours of the park and surrounds.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul T (NSW) - Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 20:29

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 20:29

Thanks heaps for your reply it is much appreciated.

Have a had a look at the Bindara HS site, it looks really interesting.


Paul T
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 08:39

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 08:39
Paul, I haven't been to Yanga, so can't comment there, but I think a couple of days would be ample at Mungo.
The main campground is a couple of km's from the visitors centre. The showers are at the centre.
It's great to watch the effect of the sunset on the dunes on the east side of Lake Mungo. Well worth going to the east side of the lake around sunset for some great photos.
Watch out for roos on the drive back to the camp though.
Along the river drive at Kinchega there are over 30 campsites. Many have good solid tables and some have toilets nearby as well.
Plenty to see around Menindee including some great places to watch the sunsets over the lakes.

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