Lindsay Island

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesRenmark Paringa Visitor Centre
FinishRenmark Paringa Visitor Centre
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable for4WD 
Distance203.45 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed45.89 km/hr
Driving Time4 hrs 26 mins
Article By: Member - Stephen Langman
Page Updated: 11 Jun 2009

Description

Nestled away in the top North West corner in the State of Victoria, you will find an Island that is part of the Murray-Sunset National Park which is part of Victoria’s Own Outback.Lindsay Island is intersected by numerous small creeks that carry floodwaters from the Murray River into swamps, billabongs and flood plains and is home to a significant array of plants and animals and has a long history of Indigenous Aboriginal Australians.

Unlike many outback destinations that require many days of travel just to reach that special area, Lindsay Island is within very easy and close reach of the larger Riverland towns in Victoria and South Australia and makes the most perfect destination where you can sit back and relax by the Mullaroo Creek, Lindsay or Murray Rivers and think that you are a thousand miles from anywhere. Anyone with a keen desire of Natural Photography will be rewards with the abundant wildlife that is everywhere in the Murray-Sunset National Park. Kangaroos, Emus and prolific birdlife are very where, so special care must be taken when driving and you must be aware that these animals can come out of anywhere, anytime when you are least expecting it.

Another special point of interest is the two special hand made bridges from local River Red Gums that must be crossed to gain entry to Lindsay Island. Constructed over 40 years ago, two brothers Geoff and Ray Dempsey built the bridges to gain entry to their favourite fishing spot on the Mullaroo Creek. So special was that spot, that over time the location became to be known as “The Caravan” and today still bears that same name.

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Environment

The Island’s floodplains are a haven for wildlife. River Red Gums grow close to the Murray River and along the smaller creeks beds. Black Box woodlands give way to dense lignum on the clay flats which are a haven for Robins and Fairy Wrens. Soaring overhead, a visitor will see Pelicans and Wedge-Tailed Eagles, while Emus and Red and Western Grey Kangaroos will be found all over the Island. The elusive and endangered Paucident Planigale, a small native mammal shelters in the clay fissures. The colourful Regent Parrot can be seen as well as water birds as they swim and wade in the creeks.

Seeing water is a precious commodity that is regulated by weirs and dams for rural and domestic water supplies, there will be times when the flow is regulated. At these times of low river flow, some of the creeks on the Island form a series of Billabongs, while others such as Mullaroo Creek are managed to supply constant water for irrigation.

History

For thousands of years, the Barkindji Aboriginal people were sustained by the rich waters and woodlands of the Murray River and its floodplain system. Shell middens, hearths and scare trees found throughout the park reveal much about the lifestyles and rich culture of the Barkindji. All aboriginal archaeological relics, artefacts and sites are protected by law. Early European settlers soon followed the inland watercourses, and the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle was severely affected. Later the floodplains were grazed by cattle and sheep. Wood cutting, paddle boats and river trade have also changed the face of the Island. Lindsay Island was protected when the Murray-Sunset National Park was established in 1991 following recommendations of the Land Conservation Council to protect the areas natural and recreation values.

Preparation

Even though this park is very close to the large service centres of Mildura and Renmark in South Australia, once you are on Lindsay Island there are no service of any kind. Any visitor must be fully prepared, just as if it was any remote outback location. Depending on what phone carrier you have, there will be either no or limited mobile phone coverage on various parts of the Island, so a UHF Radio would be a minimum for outside assistance. For reliable outside communications, either HF Radio or Satellite Phone are advisable. Like all National Parks, all plants, animals and geographical features are protected by law. Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the Park, as well are Firearms are prohibited.

Lindsay Island is about 650 kilometres north-east from Melbourne and 300 kilometres east of Adelaide and has no service or supplies, so everything that you require from drinking water through to food and fuel must be carried with you. Like all responsible four wheel drivers, all rubbish is to be taken off of the Island with you.

Camping

There are no designated campgrounds. Many of the tracks lead to perfect shady sites along the creeks, but beware of camping under the large River Red Gums. Limbs from these giant River Red Gums can fall without any notice with fatal consequences for anything underneath. Pit toilets must be at least 100 metres for waterways and showers must at least 50 metres from waterways. Firewood may be collected only for campfires within the park and should only be dead timber from the ground.

Driving

All tracks on Lindsay Island are dry weather only. The gates onto the Island are closed during floods. Many months of dry access allow visitors to visit a variety of picturesque locations, including the Mouth of Mullaroo Creek and Kulkurna Cliffs.

Fishing

Favoured areas include Mullaroo Creek, Lindsay and Murray Rivers. You can fish from the water’s edge or launch a small boat. Species of fish that in the waterways include Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Redfin, Yabbies and the introduced European Carp. If the person fishing is over the age of 18 years of age, a current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) is required. As the Murray River is the Border, any fishing on the Murray River will also require a New South Wales Recreational Fishing Licence.

Canoeing

Superb scenery will reward those who accept the challenge of negotiating the fallen timber of the Mullaroo Creek, or the wide open expanses of the Murray River.

Permits

Any visitor to Lindsay Island that intends to camp within the National Park must Register at the self registration booth and pay the very small fee required, calculated on a daily basis for your stay. Day visits to the National Park need not register and are free to visit any area within the Park. Fires must be less than 1 metre in size, clear for 3 metres of flammable material and be in a pit at least 30 centimetres deep. On days of total fire bans, fires are not permitted, including gas or fuel stoves. Lindsay Island comes under the North Western Total Fire Ban District in Victoria.

Important Numbers

Parks Victoria Information Centre: 13 1963
Parks Victoria has an informative web site: Parks Victorias' Murray-Sunset National Park
Mildura Visitor Information Centre: (03) 5021 4424
Renmark Visitor Information Centre: 1300 661 704

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol The nearest major town to Lindsay Island is Renmark, just back over the Border in South Australia. A full tank of fuel will be all that is required to enjoy the island fully.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 29 litres4cyl 33 litres4cyl 41 litres
6cyl 31 litres6cyl 37 litres6cyl 36 litres
8cyl 31 litres8cyl 34 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Often accessible all year round, although closed during floods, and when the Lindsay Island Bridge is closed. Be cautious during wet weather as the black soil plains will become boggy and treacherous.

Closest Climatic Station

Renmark Aero
Distance from Trek Mid Point 7.37km SW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C33.632.728.724.520.016.816.218.622.024.828.931.0
Mean Min. °C16.216.212.78.86.44.63.74.56.78.912.514.1
Mean Rain mm18.120.013.716.216.221.920.921.923.727.022.823.3
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Renmark Paringa Visitor Centre to Renmark Ave & Ral Ral Ave0.09 kmNN/A
Renmark Ave & Ral Ral Ave to Renmark0.46 kmSW232°
Renmark to Mildura Turn Off - Renmark0.07 kmSW209° N/A
Mildura Turn Off - Renmark to Paringa Historic Spanning Bridge3.22 kmE102° 3 min
Paringa Historic Spanning Bridge to Paringa Township Turnoff0.63 kmE93°
Paringa Township Turnoff to Berribee and Lindsay Point Turn Off1.14 kmE104° 1 min
Berribee and Lindsay Point Turn Off to State Border Lindsay Point Road16.9 kmE70° 15 min
State Border Lindsay Point Road to Lindsay Point Road Sign4.34 kmNE50° 4 min
Lindsay Point Road Sign to Lindsay Point Almond Development1.65 kmE76° 2 min
Lindsay Point Almond Development to Old Mail Route Road2.61 kmE75° 2 min
Old Mail Route Road to Tourist Drive 33 - Access to Lindsay River0.57 kmE96°
Tourist Drive 33 - Access to Lindsay River to Channel Crossing0.45 kmN358°
Channel Crossing to Lindsay River1.31 kmN347° 2 min
Lindsay River to Channel Crossing1.31 kmS167° 2 min
Channel Crossing to Tourist Drive 33 - Access to Lindsay River0.45 kmS178°
Tourist Drive 33 - Access to Lindsay River to Berribee State Forest Boundary Sign3.06 kmSE118° 3 min
Berribee State Forest Boundary Sign to Berribee Tank Track - Old Mail Route Road1.32 kmSE116° 1 min
Berribee Tank Track - Old Mail Route Road to Lindsay Island Information Booth2.25 kmSE115° 2 min
Lindsay Island Information Booth to Murray-Sunset National Park Boundary Sign0.72 kmSE132°
Murray-Sunset National Park Boundary Sign to Lindsay Island Turn Off 4.23 kmSE118° 5 min
Lindsay Island Turn Off to Murray-Sunset National Park Sign0.7 kmNE51°
Murray-Sunset National Park Sign to Lindsay Bridge0.13 kmNE59°
Lindsay Bridge to The Caravan Turn Off0.86 kmNE43° 1 min
The Caravan Turn Off to The Caravan (Mullaroo Creek)3.12 kmNW321° 4 min
The Caravan (Mullaroo Creek) to The Caravan Turn Off3.12 kmSE141° 4 min
The Caravan Turn Off to Mullaroo No 1 Turn Off2.33 kmNE23° 2 min
Mullaroo No 1 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 2 Turn Off2.41 kmNE47° 3 min
Mullaroo No 2 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 3 Turn Off1.3 kmNE58° 1 min
Mullaroo No 3 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 4 Turn Off0.64 kmE77°
Mullaroo No 4 Turn Off to Mullaroo Junction Turn Off2.06 kmE82° 2 min
Mullaroo Junction Turn Off to Mullaroo Junction0.82 kmN356° 2 min
Mullaroo Junction to Mullaroo Junction Turn Off0.82 kmS176° 2 min
Mullaroo Junction Turn Off to Mullaroo No 5 Turn Off0.84 kmE103°
Mullaroo No 5 Turn Off to Mullaroo Creek at Mullaroo No 50.22 kmNE32°
Mullaroo Creek at Mullaroo No 5 to Broken Back Bridge and Lock 7 Turn Off1.83 kmE74° 2 min
Broken Back Bridge and Lock 7 Turn Off to Sanford Track and Lock 7 Turn Off1.02 kmN1 min
Sanford Track and Lock 7 Turn Off to Lock 7 Road Old Wooden Bridge2.32 kmN2 min
Lock 7 Road Old Wooden Bridge to Lock 7 - Murray River2.1 kmNE37° 2 min
Lock 7 - Murray River to Lock 7 Road Old Wooden Bridge2.1 kmSW217° 2 min
Lock 7 Road Old Wooden Bridge to Sanford Track and Lock 7 Turn Off2.32 kmS186° 2 min
Sanford Track and Lock 7 Turn Off to Stoney Crossing1.94 kmNW296° 2 min
Stoney Crossing to Murray River Access Turn Off1.38 kmW266° 1 min
Murray River Access Turn Off to Murray River at Lindsay Is2.4 kmNW293° 3 min
Murray River at Lindsay Is to Murray River Access Turn Off2.4 kmSE113° 3 min
Murray River Access Turn Off to Websters Lagoon Turn Off2.78 kmSW245° 3 min
Websters Lagoon Turn Off to Websters Lagoon3.99 kmNW296° 5 min
Websters Lagoon to Websters Lagoon Turn Off3.99 kmSE116° 5 min
Websters Lagoon Turn Off to Kulkurna Cliffs Track Junction14.32 kmW287° 17 min
Kulkurna Cliffs Track Junction to Kulkurna Cliffs2.94 kmN13° 4 min
Kulkurna Cliffs to Kulkurna Cliffs Track Junction2.94 kmS193° 4 min
Kulkurna Cliffs Track Junction to Websters Lagoon Turn Off14.32 kmE107° 17 min
Websters Lagoon Turn Off to Murray River Access Turn Off2.78 kmNE65° 3 min
Murray River Access Turn Off to Stoney Crossing1.38 kmE86° 1 min
Stoney Crossing to Sanford Track and Lock 7 Turn Off1.94 kmSE116° 2 min
Sanford Track and Lock 7 Turn Off to Broken Back Bridge and Lock 7 Turn Off1.02 kmS187° 1 min
Broken Back Bridge and Lock 7 Turn Off to Mullaroo Mouth Turn Off0.9 kmE84°
Mullaroo Mouth Turn Off to Mullaroo Creek Barrier Bouys3.11 kmN4 min
Mullaroo Creek Barrier Bouys to Mullaroo Mouth0.24 kmE90° 1 min
Mullaroo Mouth to Mullaroo Mouth Turn Off3.39 kmS188° 5 min
Mullaroo Mouth Turn Off to Broken Back Bridge and Lock 7 Turn Off0.9 kmW264°
Broken Back Bridge and Lock 7 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 5 Turn Off1.59 kmW249° 1 min
Mullaroo No 5 Turn Off to Mullaroo Junction Turn Off0.84 kmW283°
Mullaroo Junction Turn Off to Mullaroo No 4 Turn Off2.06 kmW262° 2 min
Mullaroo No 4 Turn Off to Mullaroo Creek at Mullaroo No 40.51 kmNW318°
Mullaroo Creek at Mullaroo No 4 to Mullaroo No 4 Turn Off0.51 kmSE138°
Mullaroo No 4 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 3 Turn Off0.64 kmW257°
Mullaroo No 3 Turn Off to Mullaroo Creek at Mullaroo No 30.49 kmN349°
Mullaroo Creek at Mullaroo No 3 to Mullaroo No 3 Turn Off0.49 kmS169°
Mullaroo No 3 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 2 Turn Off1.3 kmSW238° 1 min
Mullaroo No 2 Turn Off to Mullaroo No 1 Turn Off2.41 kmSW227° 3 min
Mullaroo No 1 Turn Off to The Caravan Turn Off2.33 kmSW203° 2 min
The Caravan Turn Off to Lindsay Bridge0.86 kmSW223° 1 min
Lindsay Bridge to Murray-Sunset National Park Sign0.13 kmSW239°
Murray-Sunset National Park Sign to Lindsay Island Turn Off 0.7 kmSW231°
Lindsay Island Turn Off to Murray-Sunset National Park Boundary Sign4.23 kmNW298° 5 min
Murray-Sunset National Park Boundary Sign to Lindsay Island Information Booth0.72 kmNW312°
Lindsay Island Information Booth to Berribee Tank Track - Old Mail Route Road2.25 kmNW295° 2 min
Berribee Tank Track - Old Mail Route Road to Berribee State Forest Boundary Sign1.32 kmNW296° 1 min
Berribee State Forest Boundary Sign to Tourist Drive 33 - Access to Lindsay River3.06 kmNW298° 3 min
Tourist Drive 33 - Access to Lindsay River to Old Mail Route Road0.57 kmW276°
Old Mail Route Road to Lindsay Point Road Sign2.73 kmW256° 2 min
Lindsay Point Road Sign to State Border Lindsay Point Road4.34 kmSW230° 4 min
State Border Lindsay Point Road to Berribee and Lindsay Point Turn Off16.9 kmW250° 15 min
Berribee and Lindsay Point Turn Off to The Black Stump1.19 kmW289° 1 min
The Black Stump to Paringa Historic Spanning Bridge0.56 kmW263°
Paringa Historic Spanning Bridge to Mildura Turn Off - Renmark3.22 kmW282° 3 min
Mildura Turn Off - Renmark to Renmark0.07 kmNE29° N/A
Renmark to Renmark Ave & Ral Ral Ave0.46 kmNE52°
Renmark Ave & Ral Ral Ave to Renmark Paringa Visitor Centre0.09 kmS180° N/A
Renmark Paringa Visitor Centre to Renmark Paringa Visitor Centre203.45 km  4 hr 26 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.

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