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Burrinjuck Waters State Park NSW

Lake Burrinjuck is a 75 hectares of un-spoilt Australian bush nestled on the Southern escarpment of Mt. Barren Jack. It offers spectacular scenery, friendly wildlife in their natural state. The park is quiet, peaceful with tranquil surroundings. The park is a stunning place to relax and enjoy a myriad of recreational activities. It offers a haven of untouched native bushland just waiting to be enjoyed.

Get up close and personal with the native wildlife, or satisfy the thirst for adventure with a choice of water sports. Burrinjuck Waters is among the best places in NSW for both casual and avid bushwalkers. A variety of trails have been developed, ranging from easy to the more challenging. The famous 370 km-long Hume and Hovell Walking Track also passes through the park. Popular with visitors as well as keen fishing enthusiasts, Lake Burrinjuck is home to the famous Murray cod, as well as Golden perch (yellow belly). Other species such as trout, redfin and European carp are targeted on a regular bais.

Burrinjuck Waters is just four hours drive from Sydney down the Hume Highway, or only 1.5 hours drive from Canberra. Nearest regional centre is Yass. The park is situated on the western foreshore of Lake Burrinjuck approx. 6 km upstream from Dam wall.

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Water sports - fishing, skiing, swimming and boating. You ca also hand feed King parrots and Crimson rosellas. There are also Quiet kangaroos (with resident joey's) feed at your doorstep. Enjoy a game of volleyball on the parks volleyball court. Other activities include: Bird watching, canoeing, frisbee golf, sailing, tennis, walking/hiking trail, waterskiing. You can also use Burrinjuck Waters as a home base for visits to the historic towns of Binalong, Yass and other places of interest. Binalong features Australia's only purpose-built motor museum and restoration workshop. Yass boasts a Railway Museum and the Hamilton Hume Museum, showing aspects of Australia's exploration history. There's also Cooma Cottage, once Hume's home, and the fascinating Yass Archives. There are eight wineries around nearby Murrumbateman and the district is renowned for its excellent glassware. Visit one of the most renowned glass artisans, Peter Crisp, at his gallery on the Hume Highway. The spectacular Carey's Caves at Wee Jasper features seven chambers of colourful limestone, with guided tours Friday to Monday.

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How to get here

Turn off the Hume Highway 25kms south of Yass and drive through farmland for 19km before coming to the forest and a beautiful winding drive down the hillside to the lake’s edge. There is no public transport available to this park.


  • 2 all weather tennis courts (hire court, balls and racquets)
  • Frisbee golf (Free use of frisbees)
  • Situated on the famous Hume & Hovell walking trail
  • Volleyball (free)
  • Klop (family game similar to boules)

Wheel Chair access only to amenities blocks. Other facilities are: alcohol supplies, amenities block, bait/lures, bbqs electric, bbqs wood, boat/caravan shed, boat ramp, camp kitchen, fuel, groceries, ice kiosk, laundry, LP gas, picnic areas, playground, public telephone, take-away food, workshop,fully air conditioned 50 seat conference centre, 72 seat picnic shelter is available for private functions.

Flora and fauna

Burrinjuck Waters is home to a host of native animals and birds, including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and the occasional echidna (spiny anteater). There are beautiful lyrebirds to see, an abundance of brilliantly coloured King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas, along with eagles, wood ducks and many other species.

Visitors' comments and reviews

  • "Fantastic to unwind", Harwicke Family, Fraser ACT
  • "Perfect, beautiful, great fishing!" Croker family, Palmston ACT
  • "We'll be back, fantastic/very interesting". Barry and Diane Cook, Yass
  • "Heaven on Earth, beauty and peace" Jen Whitehead, England
  • "Awesome place, and great lake" Samantha Radvan, Sydney

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Park facilities
• BBQ• Boat ramp• Camp kitchen
• Grocery shop• Internet to hire• Tennis court
Accommodation types
• Cabin self contained• Powered site• Unpowered site
Accommodation features
• Air conditioning• Fridge/Freezer
• Art classes-workshops-gallery• Bird watching• Canoeing/kayaking
• Fishing• Nature, parks and wildlife• Visits to local factories
• Walk trails• Water sports