Gundabooka National Park is an expansive area rich in both Aboriginal and European heritage.
The park– located 50km from Bourke – stretches from the banks of the Darling River across the plains and is dominated by the rugged 500m peak of Mount Gundabooka, which surveys the surrounding woodlands, floodplains and sandhills.
Gundabooka National Park is significant to the local Ngemba Aboriginal people, with their enduring culture evident on the Mulgowan (Yappa) Aboriginal Art Site walking track. The track leads to an enormous rock overhang where you’ll discover unique Aboriginal rock paintings depicting animal motifs, dancers, hand stencils and hunting tools.
Visitors can also discover the remnants of a pastoral past by checking out the old homesteads, quarters, fences, tanks and shearing sheds of the areas three historic sheep stations: Ben Lomond, Belah and Mulgowan.
In the heart of Gundabooka National Park is Belah Shearers’ Quarters, which was built in the mid-20th century to accommodate shearers. Today it operates as an inexpensive way to stay overnight in the national park. There are also great places for camping in the park, and with walking tracks to explore and birdlife to discover, Gundabooka is a great place to escape city life for a while.