The park is one of four large national parks in the west Darling country of NSW promoted as important tourist destinations by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The others are Mutawintji, Sturt and Mungo, and each offers the visitor dramatically different landscapes typical of inland Australia.
Kinchega is the only large conservation area in NSW on the Darling River and includes the only substantial representation within the national park system of river red gums and shrublands of the rare plant Acacia carneorum as well as significant examples of bluebush shrubland. The lake system supports important bird rookeries while the land supports the four large species of macropod and other fauna typical of inland NSW.
Sites of the former Aboriginal occupation are abundant in the park and important historical relics of the pastoral industry, including the old Kinchega woolshed and the ruins of the homestead, remain on the park.
Kinchega National Park is also important because it is easily accessible from Broken Hill by sealed road and is therefore a popular local recreation area. Recreational use of Kinchega National Park is concentrated around Lakes Menindee and Cawndilla, two of the largest lakes of the Menindee Lakes Storage Scheme, and along the Darling River.
Other park planning documents
Kinchega National Park Conservation Management and Cultural Tourism Plan (2002)
Photo: Sunset at Kinchega National Park / D Finnegan /OEH