Lake Bindegolly National Park
Located about 40km east of Thargomindah on the Adventure Way, Lake Bindegolly is a birdwatcher’s paradise all year round.
After heavy local rainfall, the parks three lakes come to life. The saline Lakes Bindegolly and Toomaroo and the freshwater Lake Hutchinson. This string of salt and freshwater wetlands at Lake Bindegolly National Park form an important wildlife refuge in this arid zone.
The park is home to more than 195 species of birds. During the wet, thousands of waterbirds flock to the lake to feed and breed. Birds commonly seen on the lake include pelicans, swans and a variety of waders. Wedge-tailed eagles, blue bonnets, pink cockatoos and mulga parrots are birds of the shrublands.
Watch for reptiles and for red and grey kangaroos as they come to drink at the lakes. There are 80 other kinds of animals and 300 species of plants, including the gnarled tree Acacia Ammophila.
Walk the 9.2km circuit around the edge of Lake Bindegolly. These lakes are rain fed via local catchment areas, so please be aware that during dry times Lake Bindegolly can become a vast, white saltpan. Bush Walking, photography and bird watching make Lake Bindegolly a popular destination for the nature enthusiast. You can get in early, set up camp at the designated camping area, pack a picnic basket and follow the walking track. Enjoy a barbecue at night or have a few sunset drinks while you enjoy watching the sun set over Lake Bindegolly. Remember to slip, slop, slap before heading out to walk.
The diverse 14,000ha Lake Bindegolly National Park also has samphire flats, claypans, sand dunes, hard and soft red mulga country, gidgee woodlands, and Eremophila shrublands. The park was established in 1991 to protect the Acacia ammophila tree which grows along the sand dunes fringing the eastern side of the lakes. This is one of only two known populations of this gnarled tree which is threatened with extinction.
On the western side of the lake, Mulga-studded gibber plains rise to a ridge locally known as Mt Bindegolly.
There is no camping inside the National Park, however there are designated bush camping sites marked and permitted on the southern side of the park. Please note there are no facilities. You must be self sufficient if camping.