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Kinchega National Park

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South East of Broken Hill and adjacent to the Menindee Lakes system, the Kinchega National Park was formerly part of the oldest sheep station on the Darling River. 

The Darling River as it winds its way along the eastern edge of the park.

Darling Pea pink flower (15921560385)
By John Tann from Sydney, Australia (Darling Pea pink flower) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Pelicans on Pamaroo Lake – part of the Menindee Lakes system.There are 103 bird species identified as living in the park.

A relatively small park but still over 44,000 hectares , the park’s eastern border is the Darling River and it wraps itself around three of the lakes formed by the damming of the river to form the Menindee Lakes system. The park encompasses Lake Menindee, Emu Lake and Lake Cawndilla.


The park has a visitor centre and camping spots are at the Darling River, Emu Lake and Lake Cawndilla. There is also accommodation at the Kinchega Shearers’ Quarters – the actual old shearers’ quarters refurbished – 6 bedrooms with bunk beds, close to the old homestead ruins and the historic woolshed. Swimming and fishing occurs along the Darling.

The Kinchega Woolshed on the shore of Emu Lake. Built in 1875, in 97 years of use, 6 million sheep were shorn. The shed still contains sheep pens, wool presses and tables and the original machine room and steam engine.

An emu at Emu Lake

Red kangaroos and emus live among the saltbush shrub, Sturt’s desert pea and eucalyptus trees in the park and it has a wealth of bird life particularly along the Merindee Lakes. After rains the park comes alive with wildflowers.