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Wyangala Waters State Park NSW

The ‘Jewel in the crown of the Central West’, Wyangala Waters is a favourite picnic area and holiday destination. Relax in comfortable accommodation or on the water in a houseboat, take a bushwalk or cast a line for some fishing. With a catchment area of 8,300 square kilometres and a dam capacity of 1,217,600 megalitres, the surface area of the dam is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour and is a favourite for water sports.

There are many walking trails through the bush or go mountain bike riding. Canoe around the foreshores any time of year. Lake Wyangala is well-regarded as an excellent inland fishing spot. Catch silver and golden perch (yellow belly), catfish, Murray cod and the renowned brown and rainbow trout. Through the spring and summer seasons, Wyangala Waters is great for jet-skiing, pleasure boating, sailing, windsailing, swimming, and water skiing.


For a night time treat, see the stars of the southern skies from Darby Falls Observatory. Half an hour's drive away is the town of Cowra, which has shops, restaurants and service stations. There's also Cowra's famous War Museum, a superb Japanese Garden and the Steam Train Museum. Around the town's vicinity, there are some great restaurants and vineyards to visit. Other activities include: 4W driving, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, fossicking, mountain biking, sailing, swimming, water skiing, trekking.

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How to get here

An easy morning’s drive from Sydney, or a short drive from Canberra, Wyangala Dam is located at the junction of the Lachlan and Abercrombie Rivers. Wyangala Waters State Park is a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney, a 30-minute drive from Cowra and a two-hour drive from Canberra. Nearest regional centre is Cowra. The park is located 330 km west of Sydney via the village of Woodstock. It's just 40 km from the regional centre of CowraTransport: There is no public transport available to this park.

Flora and fauna

Wyangala boasts kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, reptiles and over 60 bird species including Wedge Tail Eagles and White Breasted Sea Eagles. Numerous types of eucalypt, wattle and many native flowers are also in abundance.

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Park facilities
• Pet friendly
Accommodation types
• Bungalow self contain• Cabin basic (limited facilities)• Powered site
• Unpowered site
• Bird watching• Canoeing/kayaking• Cycling/mountain biking
• Fishing• Rivers, lakes and waterways• Scenic drives
• Walk trails