Willandra National Park is situated only sixty four kilometres north of Hillston on the Mossgiel Road. Once renowned for its fine merino wool, Willandra today provides us with a snapshot of what life was like for early pastoralists.
About the Park
Willandra National Park covers an area of 19 386 hectares. It occupies about one eighth of what used to be Big Willandra pastoral station. This property was a famous merino stud, which operated from the 1860's until the creation of the park in 1972. Today it offers visitors a fascinating insight into the history of the wool industry and of station life early this century. Highlights include visiting the homestead area, the shearers' quarters and the numerous other historic features. There are also five interpretive walks to enjoy.
Willandra National Park provides an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of the vast, semi-arid riverine plains country. Temporary wetlands, grassland, wildflowers, kangaroos and emus, waterbirds, reptiles and frogs- such delights and more await the visitor to Willandra.
Peaceful and secluded, visitors can explore the historic buildings and stay overnight in a choice of historic accommodation. The park provides opportunities for camping, bushwalking, picnicing, bicycling, fishing, canoeing, nature study and photography.
Willandra offers visitors a choice of accommodation from basic camping to the magnificent Homestead. The buildings at Willandra are of state significance and have carefully been restored to their former glory.
The perfect retreat, Willandra Homestead is surrounded by established gardens overlooking the Willandra creek. Built in 1918 to a U-shaped plan traditional to the Riverina, its verandahs are 9'6" wide and surround the house to provide shelter from extremes of weather. Most rooms have French doors opening onto the verandahs. The homestead has been restored to its original condition. It sleeps up to 15 people, and makes a fantastic location for small conferences, family weekends, formal dinner parties, celebrations or weddings.
The cottage was constructed in the 1940s and is a typical rural residence of the period. It sleeps up to 8 people and is a great location for a family weekend away.
This L-shaped corrugated iron building was built in 1965. The building housed the single men employed on the station. It is ideal for large groups as it sleeps 24 people in bunks, or for those who need a cheap alternative to camping.
There is a car based camping area near the weir, with water, pit toilets, fireplaces and tent sites. A large group camping area with similar facilities is available near the homestead.
Bookings are essential for all accommodation and large camping groups. Call the NPWS Riverina Office to book on 02 6966 8100. There are no kiosks or stores in the park.
Park entrance, camping and accommodation fees apply.
Willandra National Park is signposted from Hillston. Follow the Mossgiel Road 64km north west of Hillston. Please check road conditions if it has been raining. Contact Council on 02 6965 1900 for road conditions.For further information, contact NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
200 Yambil Street
Griffith NSW 2680
Phone 02 6966 8100
Visit our website: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au