Mallee Areas

Ngarkat

Popular Mallee areas include the Ngarkat Conservation Park, near Tintinara, and Victoria's Big and Little Desert National Parks.

A Park Entrance Fee, for all visitors including day visitors, and Camping Fees for those staying overnight apply to the Ngarkat Conservation Park (CP). The applicable fees MUST be paid online before entering the park. Online booking for entrance to and camping in Ngarkat CP came into effect early in 2017. There is no other way to book and pay for your stay in Ngarkat CP, beware of this as many travel websites now contain outdated information. Browse to National Parks Book Now for online booking of vehicle entry fees and camping fees, select Ngarkat Conservation Park and then use the map there to select the campground you wish to camp at. Also note that sections of the park may be closed from time to time for park management activities (see the DEWNR Park closure page).

The Ngarkat CP Management Plan stipulates that for public safety, the one‑way section of the Border Track will be closed from the 1st of November till the 31st of March each year. During that time an alternate route using the Ngarkat CP Centre Track is available.

The Ngarkat CP comprises four contiguous reserves totalling approximately 270 000 ha. It however abuts by the Big Desert Wilderness in Victoria of 140 000 ha. This makes the area a significant remnant of the Ninety Mile Desert that once covered 1.5 million hectares. The area is classed as a semi-arid dune field that has dense Mallee coverage over most of its area. Vegetated East-West dunes cover the area of the Border Track and it is the damage to these as well as areas of clay swales or bog holes that have attracted much of the work done by volunteers in the Ngarkat CP.

The DEWNR Ngarkat Conservation Park website has maps and reference information available for review and downloading. The widely distributed Tracks of the Mallee publication is also available online but is somewhat outdated now.

DEWNR fire restrictions in the Ngarkat CP (and other parks) can be found at DEWNR Fire Restrictions.

For responsible 4WD usage in Ngarkat please follow the read more link.

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Robe / Beachport

Beachport - Nora Creina Map Amendment - New Bypass Track

Commencing in June 2009, with approval from DEH and the Coastal Protection Board, the Wattle Rangers 4WD Club in conjunction with the Millicent Sand Buggy Club have re-opened existing tracks just behind the beach to bypass Buggy Club grounds at Beachport.

These tracks had not been used for many years.

The purpose of this bypass is to eliminate the possibility of 4WD vehicles and sand buggies crossing paths. Sand buggies in their club grounds may travel at speeds in excess of 10Omph.

A large bulldozer contracted by the Buggy Club for work on their tracks was used to re-cut a 200 metre section of overgrown track. Much work was done clearing and pruning over the following few months

You are urged NOT to enter into the buggy club grounds at any time. The new section only affects the track between points 15-21 on the Beachport to Nora Creina track.

Bypass map and original map (1.4mb)

Link to old map at the Wattle Range Council website.

Track users should also be aware that in August and September DEH laid fox baits on the beach within Beachport Conservation Park. This followed a similar successful exercise in Canunda.

Nora Criena - GOING TO ROBE AND BEYOND

This is an important message to all four wheel drivers planning to travel along the South-east coast of South Australia.

For many years this part of Australia's coastline has proven popular for extended 4WD touring, particularly out of both Melbourne and Adelaide. It provides excellent beach driving opportunities and fine camping areas within reasonably easy reach of both States. For Victorian four wheel drivers this area provides the nearest opportunity for sand driving since that State has no accessible beaches and little opportunity for practising sand driving skills.

It is no longer possible to drive the full length of the beach between Beachport and Robe and a detour is necessary between Stinky Bay and Little Dip National Park. Fortunately, a major detour is avoided by being able to access a short private track across Nora Creina property. This track is also used by several holidaymakers who own shacks along the track.

The owners of Nora Creina, the Cullen family, are supportive of recreational four wheel drivers and are pleased to allow access along the short track, which is less than a kilometre long. While Neville Cullen is always happy to have a chat with passers by, he doesn't ask that permission be sought to cross Nora Creina. He would, however, like common courtesy to be displayed by visitors.

Unfortunately, there have, in the past, been several incidents where the hospitality shown by the Cullen family has been abused. Travelling too fast and littering the property have been some of the milder discourtesies encountered. The Cullen family has been verbally abused and four wheel drivers have been found picnicking on the private property of the holiday shack owners.

It is precisely this kind of behaviour that will ultimately exclude four wheel drivers from accessing such property. There are enough people causing us to lose access without us bringing it on ourselves.

If you are planning a trip in the area and wish to cross the Nora Creina property, please remember that, as on any private property, you are a guest of the owner.

Please drive carefully and stay on the marked track. Keep your speed down and stay away from the holiday shacks. Move peacefully across the property, leaving the gates as you find them.

Don't spoil it for others. Access to any private property is a privilege, not a right.

National Four Wheel Drive Council