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Located in the south west of NSW and some 1 000km west of Sydney lies the Kinchega National Park. The main draw cards are Menindee Lake, Cawndilla Lake, the Darling River and the sunsets that can be seen across it. The park is made up of some 44 000 hectares, with a third being covered by water in the form of the Cawndilla and Menindee Lakes.
The larger man made lakes are a haven for water birds and these are an attraction in themselves. There are over 150 species of birds in the park throughout the year.
Situated next to the national park's office is the old shearing shed from Kinchega's pastoral days. It is an historical reminder of bygone days.
There are about 35 campsites spread out along the Darling River along a 20km long self-drive trail. Other campsites can be found along the drive around Cawndilla Lake. Entry and camping fees apply in the park.
Showers and toilets are provided at the Shearers Shed, with users being asked to donate a gold coin.
Camping facilities are provided at Emu Lake, especially during wet periods.
Cawndilla Camping Area:
This camping area is on the shores of Lake Cawndilla. There is a toilet provided.
Accommodation is provided in the Shearers Shed for groups up to 40 people. These must be made in advance by ringing 08 8088 5933.
On the edge of Cawndilla Lake is an Aboriginal burial ground and a number of shell middens. In fact, the park has numerous Aboriginal sites of varying importance.
The NPWS have established a number of drives within Kinchega National Park. Information on these drives, including brochures, can be gained from NPWS and the Shearers Shed when entering the park.
This drive follows the Darling River for some 20km. The drive takes in the ruins of the paddle steamer 'Providence' which blew up on the 9th of November, 1872. The ruins of the old Kinchega Homestead can also be found during the drive.
The Lake Drive includes parts of the foreshore of both Menindee and Cawndilla Lakes, as well as the Morton Boolka Swamp.
This drive includes the Kinchega Homestead and Cemetery, as well as the ruins of the 'Providence.'
- Menindee 1:100 000
- Lake Tandou 1:100 000
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