Travelling Australia - Journal 2012
22 March 2012 - Burrinjuck Waters State Park
Burrinjuck Waters State Park is a 75 hectare bush reserve on the southern shore of Lake Burrinjuck about six kilometres east of the dam. Unfortunately, public access is not permitted to the dam.

Access to the State Park is via a well signed road off the the Hume Freeway 25 kilometres south of Yass. From the turn-off is 23.9 kilometres to the office (GPS co-ordinates of the office/boom gate are 34° 58' 45"S, 148° 37' 13"E). The access road is two-lanes of bitumen until the edge of the park where the road narrows, with some very winding sections, for the last 6.7 kilometres to the park office and accommodation area.

The lake Across Burrinjuck reservoir from the camping area.

The accommodation area contains cabins and cottages of varying standard (some ensuite) each sleeping five to twelve people. There are 29 powered caravan sites, 20 unpowered van sites and 500 unpowered camp sites.

A boat launching ramp appears to be centre of activity. Water sports are popular, fishing widespread and good bush walking tracks are available. There is an interesting variety of native plants around the park but the creeks near the accommodation are badly overgrown with creeping weeds and there are far too many blackberries. If there is a weed control and eradication programme in place it is not working.

A kiosk sells petrol, gas refills, and a range of food including bread and ice creams.

The park is home to many Eastern Grey Kangaroos. At this quiet time, with no more than a handful of visitors, kangaroos were commonly seen nibbling on grass. They also liked the volleyball court, or more specifically, the sand on the court after it had warmed in the sun.

Male kangaroo Male Eastern Grey Kangaroo eying off an intruder. Males, like this one, are far more powerfully built than females.

This State Park has a well-earned reputation for birds. The King Parrot and Crimson Rosella are both reported to be common and were soon seen around our van. The King Parrot appeared interested in people and was seen to fly from one caravan to another if people were around the van. The noisy black-and-white bird trio of Magpie, Currawong and Piping-shrike (or Mudlark) were readily seen and heard. A variety of smaller birds could be seen flitting through undergrowth, these included male and female Blue Wrens, a Silver Eye and several other yet to be identified. We were parked under a large gum tree; while sitting outside our van we could see numerous small birds (less than 10 cm long) actively searching for insects in nooks and crevices in the tree.

Male King Parrot Male King Parrot.

Crimson Rosella Crimson Rosella in eucalypt. This species gathers in flocks around the park.