An important floodplain in the Murray-Darling Basin, Aboriginal
cultural sites and diverse woodland vegetation are preserved in Culgoa
Floodplain National Park. Coolibahs, black box and grasses flourish on
the floodplains, brigalow and gidgee are found on the flat plains, and
mulga and western bloodwood grow on red earth and stony ridges. The
park is a birdwatcher’s haven with more than 150 species
including 10 honeyeaters, Australia’s six species of woodswallow
and beautiful parrots. Stone tool scatters and cooking sites remind
visitors that Aboriginal people have had a long association with this
place. Relics of the pastoral and grazing industries are found
throughout the park, which was formerly Byra Station.
Exploring Culgoa Floodplain
Bush camping is allowed at several sites. Visitors must be
self-sufficient. Take a first aid kit, vehicle spare parts and extra
supplies of drinking water, food, and fuel. Take your rubbish from the
park when you leave.
Go birdwatching early morning at creeks and waterholes. The park is
also good for wildlife watching. See kangaroos, sand goannas,
shingleback lizards and bearded dragons.
Take your camera and try to capture the subtle shades of green
reflected in the many different plants which grow in the park.
The park has no tracks. Ask the Ranger for a detailed park map before exploring.
Culgoa Floodplain is on the Queensland-New South Wales border 130km
south-west of Dirranbandi. From St George, travel 160km south to Hebel
on a sealed road then 45km south to Goodooga along an unsealed road
which becomes impassable after rain. From Goodooga, turn right into
Brenda Road then take the left fork after the cattle grid and follow
the “Byra 7km” sign. Four-wheel-drive is recommended.
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Culgoa Floodplain National Park
PO Box 52 Goodooga NSW 2831
ph (07) 4625 0942
fax (07) 4625 0956
Park Street, Charleville
PO Box 149, Charleville QLD 4470
ph (07) 4654 1255
fax (07) 4654 1418
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service