Gundabooka National Park

Outback NSW National Parks

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Situated less than 1 hours drive from Bourke on the Kidman Way, Gundabooka National Park provides the traveller with a wonderful place to explore the wonders of the landscape.

Bounded to the north by the Darling River, the park has wonderful open plains, a beautiful creek-fed gorge (seasonal), culturally significant rock art and the magnificent mountain after which the park is named - Mt Gundabooka.

The park can be explored by car or by foot as there are three main walking tracks spread over this diverse environment.

There are 3 access points to the horse shoe shaped mountain.

1) Mulgowan (Yapa) Art Site Walk: A wonderful easy trail which allows the visitor to walk across a small rocky bluff and into the Mulareenya Creek full of rock pools river gums and moving rock art on some of the overhangs.

2) Dry Tank: Providing a wonderful setting for camping, the Dry Tank area is also an ideal picnic spot as it is here that the Little Mountain trail provides a wonderful vista of Mt Gundabooka via well marked interpretive walk.

3) Ngama Malyan (Valley of the Eagle): Bennett's Gorge on the western side of Mt Gundabooka is the starting point for the Valley of the Eagles walking trail. The easy 1 km walk leads to a wonderful picnic spot at the bas of Mt Gubdabooka.

The area of Gundabooka is the country of the Ngemba and Barkinji people. In addition to the area being vital for stone, water, food and medicine; it also hold major significance in terms of ceremony and creation.

Access to the park is via a dry weather road.

For more information on Gundabooka NP


Nearby Town

  • "If you know Bourke, you know Australia" so wrote the famous Australian poet Henry Lawson in 1882. Although Bourke is a town, it is something that is etched in the psyche of Australia and is commonly used as a reference point to the start of the true Outback. 'Back o Bourke' is a colloquial term for something a long way from anywhere. But being a long way from somewhere is a relative term in Australia as something several hundred kilometres away can sometimes be referred to. To the traveller though, the further 'out' one goes, the closer one gets to the real essence of the land; maybe that is to what Lawson was alluding. Early Australian explorers believed in the existence of an inland sea and the first explorer to test the theory was Charles Sturt in 1828, who, complete with boat, arrived at the area that is now Bourke and discovered the Darling River which unfortunately had no water in it at the time. Major Mitchell followed 1835 to continue Sturts work and set up a stockade to protect provisions for further exploration of the interior. Fort Bourke was the first European structure built in the area and formed the basis of the settlement. With the subsequent opening up of the Darling River and surrounding lands by the river trade, Bourke became a major port by the 1890's servicing southern Queensland and northern NSW, providing a hub for transport for the regions wool clip, which was shipped downstream to Wentworth and onto Echuca or Adelaide.

 

Outback Beds Members & Touring

  • Starting at the national heritage listed city of Broken Hill or the iconic outback town of Bourke, this route takes you on a true outback adventure. You will drive through historic towns and villages and detour into some fantastic national parks.

  • Never been to the outback but really want to go? Then this touring route is the perfect way to get an insight and understanding of what makes the outback such a wonderful place to visit. The Outback Intro tour while take you to the ‘Back O Bourke’ and you will be able to do so easily and safely in a non-4x4 vehicle with your Outback Beds hosts expecting you every step of the way. After all, the Outback Beds motto is “travel in the outback with friends...

  • The Darling River Run from Walgett to Wentworth is a spectacular journey stretching nearly 950 kilometres following alongside the mighty Darling. This memorable road trip is rich in history of pioneering days, showcases impressive scenery and highlights indigenous history and culture. Meandering alongside the Darling River be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of ora and fauna endemic to the region.