Date and time: Friday 10th April 2020, 9:00am
Description: On this trip we will be exploring the Danggali Conservation Park, Chowilla Game Reserve and the upper part of the Murray Sunset National Park between Renmark and Mildura
“There is nothing more special than heading away out into our many remote Desert locations that we have in abundance here in Australia. We have all heard of the Canning Stock Route, The Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks, the many great tracks put down by Len Beadell such as the Anne Beadell Highway or the Connie Sue Highway, but have you ever heard of the Nanya Pad Track or the Tipperary Hut Track that can be found right here in South Australia’s Riverland area?” (from Exploroz Blog)
Danggali Conservation Park and Chowilla Game Reserve are located in South Australia near Renmark. The drive to the starting point at Morgan takes approximately 8 hours from Melbourne. Danggali was classified as Australia's first Biosphere Reserve in 1977 in an effort to conserve the area's dense mallee scrubland.
The park provides habitat to many bird species, from major mitchell’s to the rare mallee fowl, offering interesting opportunities for birdwatching. There is also a range of small reptile species such as skinks and you may also see red and western grey kangaroos grazing in the scrub along with shy echidnas.
Murray Sunset is Victoria’s north-east corner with desert and river bank driving and abundant birdlife.
The travel distances are relatively long but we will still stop for morning coffee, and lunch (we will also stop at the numerous points of interest lest I be beaten by Sherry).
Please note there is no mobile phone reception once we have entered the park sections and that a fresh fruit and veg
scam quarantine is in operation at Vic-SA border.
Camping: YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK CAMPING IN DANGGALI AND CHOWILLA (LINKS BELOW) SOON!
Friday 10th April- Danggali Campsite No 4, https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/booking/details#/accom/73195
Saturday 11th April- Chowilla Game Reserve Chowilla Creek Campsite (they are all pretty close together)
Sunday 12th April- Murray Sunset NP – No booking necessary.
The camping grounds may be basic so come full self-sufficient – bring adequate water for drinking a cooking.
Weather: Desert environment, potentially hot during the day and below freezing at night. Please bring clothing, footwear and camping gear suitable for the conditions.
Equipment: Bring recovery gear, snatch strap, shackles and a shovel [if you have MaxTrax (or the like) you can throw them in if you like]. Cars should be in good condition and all terrain tyres.
UHF Channel 15.
Don’t forget to bring your morning tea and lunch.
Please leave pets at home.
Trip Standard: Medium - Most of the main tracks will be easy-medium but there may be track sections that are more difficult depending upon weather and sand conditions. A chance to develop some skills!
Fuel: Full tank from Morgan. We will be able to refuel early Sunday AM about 400km from the start.
Duration: 4 days
Convoy limit: 8 vehicles.
Meeting Arrangements: We plan to meet in Morgan (specific location TBA) to set off at 9.00am on Friday. We will aim to finish about lunch time in Mildura on Monday.
Trip Leaders: Mark Bown and Sherry Mayo; 0437251645