Paroo-Darling National Park

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Paroo-Darling National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)
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Sign at entrance
Paroo-Darling National Park is located in New South Wales
Paroo-Darling National Park
Paroo-Darling National Park
Nearest town or city White Cliffs
Coordinates 31°31′12″S 143°54′00″E / 31.52000°S 143.90000°E / -31.52000; 143.90000Coordinates: 31°31′12″S 143°54′00″E / 31.52000°S 143.90000°E / -31.52000; 143.90000
Established March 2000 (2000-03)[1]
Area 1,780.53 km2 (687.5 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Website Paroo-Darling National Park
See also Protected areas of
New South Wales

The Paroo-Darling National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Far West region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The 178,053-hectare (439,980-acre) national park spans two distinct regions in the outback area. This region covers the arid catchments of the Paroo River (Peery and Poloko Lakes) and the Paroo-Darling confluence to the south.

History[edit]

Aboriginal heritage has been protected here and evidence of a lifestyle spanning back many thousands of years in the hearth sites, stone tool scatters and scarred trees that had supplied bark.[2]

The Paroo-Darling National Park was formed after the purchase of seven properties between 2000 and 2003 by the Government of New South Wales, with assistance from the National Reserve System Program. The northern section of the park, near White Cliffs, comprises the former stations, Arrowbar, Peery and Mandalay.

Environment[edit]

The park is set in a landscape of grey cracking clays and red sand hills along the Darling River floodplains. Peery and Poloko Lakes and their associated wetlands form part of the Paroo overflow which is important for wildlife. Peery Lake covers 5,026 hectares (12,420 acres) when in flood and is the largest of the Paroo Overflow lakes. This lake is a water bird haven and when full it will hold water for several years. When dry, Peery Lake is the only location in New South Wales where the Great Artesian Basin mound springs are visible in a lakebed.[3]

Most of the park lies within the Paroo Floodplain and Currawinya Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance, when conditions are suitable, for large numbers of waterbirds.[4]

Access[edit]

The national park can be accessed via dry weather roads, from the villages of either White Cliffs, located, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) away, or Wilcannia. The visitor centre at White Cliffs is able to provide further up-to-date information on the Paroo-Darling National Park.

Camping is permitted at the Coach and Horses campground at the old Wilga Station which is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Wilcannia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paroo-Darling National Park: Park management". Office of Environment & Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paroo-Darling National Park: Culture and history". Office of Environment & Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Paroo-Darling National Park". Office of Environment & Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "IBA: Paroo Floodplain & Currawinya". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.