This Trek has been prepared as a leisurely, interesting, 3 day trip allowing plenty of opportunity to see and experience this area. Starting in Nhill, the trek notes head north to Lake Hindemarsh and to the dry Lake Albacutya before picking up the Murrayville Track near the Wyperfeld National Park
. You will then skirt the Big Desert Wilderness Park
and briefly enter the Murray-Sunset National Park
and then follow the Old Mail Route where your trip ends in Mildura.
Note - it is possible to start the Border Track literally anywhere along the border, however note that some sections operate one way restrictions from North to South.
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Things to See & Do
Fuel Supplies & Usage
|Nhill, Rainbow, Pinnaroo, Merbein, Mildura
||Diesel||4cyl 102 litres
||ULP||4cyl 118 litres
||LPG||4cyl 145 litres|
|6cyl 112 litres||6cyl 132 litres||6cyl 128 litres|
|8cyl 112 litres||8cyl 121 litres|
Fuel can be obtained at Nhill, Pinaroo and Mildura as well as Murrayville and Cullulleraine. Following the route as indicated should not require carrying additional fuel.
Camp Sites & Accommodation
The environment is typical Victorian desert – Mallee country. Expect some scratching from Mallee scrub particularly in the Wyperfeld section and some parts of the Northern Border Track may be overgrown. Soft sand is to be found on the tracks as well as corrugations and hard gravel. Carrying a compressor may be useful due to the changing road conditions
although keeping the speed down on deflated tyres will enable travellers to get by. If intending to camp along the Murray take a fishing rod and enjoy a break along this beautiful stretch of river at the end of a very sandy and dusty trip.
The border track is steeped in history largely due to the dispute which arose from the original survey completed between 1847 and 1850. The result is that the border is actually sighted some 3kms too far West. A fascinating account of this can be obtained from John Deckert at Westprint Heritage Maps
if you manage to visit whilst in Nhill.
There is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy whilst undertaking this trip, so watch out for Emu
and Kangaroo. Aboriginal rock holes can be found close to the junction with South Bore Track
|Nhill to Woorak
|Woorak to Four Mile Beach Camp Ground
|Four Mile Beach Camp Ground to Jeparit
|Jeparit to Rainbow
||1 hr 12 min
|Rainbow to Albacutya
|Albacutya to Western Beach of Lake Albacutya
|Western Beach of Lake Albacutya to Billy Bore Camp
||8 hr 51 min
|Billy Bore Camp to Border Track & FireBreak Track
|Border Track & FireBreak Track to South of Red Bluff Reserve Tk
|South of Red Bluff Reserve Tk to Pinnaroo
|Pinnaroo to Pheenys Track Camp
||1 hr 6 min
|Pheenys Track Camp to Border Track & Pheenys Tk
||1 hr 37 min
|Border Track & Pheenys Tk to Customs House - Murray River
||6 hr 48 min
|Customs House - Murray River to Ned's Corner
||5 hr 2 min
|Ned's Corner to Merbein
|Merbein to Birdwoodton
|Birdwoodton to Mildura
|Nhill to Mildura
||15 hr 15 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.