Article Comment: Pink Lakes

I'm heading towards Kangaroo Island in a week or so and enroute from Sydney thought we might visit Murray-Sunset NP.
Looking for feedback on visiting the park at this time of year?
Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 14:24

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 14:24
Baz, we just had a weekend up near there, just checking out Big Desert State Forest tracks, just south of the Mallee Hwy.
We were lucky, had perfect 26 and 28 c days and nice cool nights.
It can get uncomfortably warm to very hot in there, just luck of the draw really as to what the weather is doing when you drive through.

There're a lot of tracks in MSNP, extending right up past to the Sturt Hwy, nothing too difficult or sand too soft.

The Border Track is interesting in places coming down from the river up near Murtho and down the western boundary of the MSNP, and there's a myriad of tracks all through, ex pastoral land most of it.

Pink Lakes are interesting, and picturesque in the lower light of early morning / evening.
I can't recall if the camping near there is decent, or if any established camping around there, we came through later one afternoon about 4pm and kept moving on.
If it's hot you won't likely see anyone, even if reasonable there aren't many in the park usually, though if only doing Pink Lakes you aren't too far away from the blacktop.

Are you heading towards KI or to KI ?
Nice time of year to be doing it, before school hols start here on the 17th.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 14:49

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 14:49
Thanks Les, a week on KI...!

Never been so looking forwards to it.

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 14:52

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 14:52
A week is a great length of time too Baz, we did a 4 day circuit a good decade ago, really enjoyed it.
So much more we could have seen, just mainly concentrated on the east and south coasts, and main parks up the western end.
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Reply By: Rob K (VIC) - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 15:41

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 15:41
Hi Baz,

As what Les said regarding terrain and tracks - not too difficult.

How long were you planning on staying in the area? Pink Lakes has a small camping area on the south side of the salt lake with a drop toilet. Take the road in from Underbool via Ouyen and you can't miss it. If you're interested in doing some tracks, a day trip to Mt Crozier and surrounds then back to Pink Lakes is good fun. If you have more time you could look at taking Pheny's Track (keep heading north past Mt Crozier) and then head westward towards the Border Track down to Pinaroo (about 2 days). There's a nice little camping area about 2/3 the way along Pheny's track with a drop toilet to break the trip up.

Lots of tracks throughout the NP, just get onto the Parks Vic internet site for more information if you're interested?

Enjoy the mallee area, it's great country.

Cheers

Rob K
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:14

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:14
just keep in mind the Border Trk is closed for the summer
as of melb cup wknd till end of summer
cheers mechpete
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:20

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:20
Thanks Gents...!

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Rob K (VIC) - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:32

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:32
Hi Mechpete,

Not all of the Border Track is closed, only the section on the SA side of the border through Ngarkat NP which is south of Pinaroo (refer the National Parks SA website).

Cheers

Rob K
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:41

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:41
Yep, only the one way section from north Ngarkat boundary and Centre Tk is closed from 1st Nov to Mar 31st, or days of extreme fire danger.
Ngarkat
This is totally unrelated to MSNP, but worth a mention to clear it up.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 17:20

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 17:20
I'll be towing the TVAN, and looking at it, thinking in through Pink Lakes, up along the Pheny's, and out through Paruna over a couple of nights??

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 21:18

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 21:18
We went into MSNP via Meribah and Taplan Gate one trip, stayed at the shearers qtrs first night, then did a couple of days via Rocket Lake, Mt Crozier, Pink Lakes, then east to Bolton Forest and down the Border Tk to the Mallee Hwy and home.

Not sure if there is a gate open that goes out to Paruna, you can certainly drive down to that out of Taplan gate and Meribah.
Edit - Looks like you can MSNP map

If you decide to go in from / out to the north, Meringur has a very nice Pioneer Park, that you could spend the best part of a day going through all the old buildings and paraphernalia in there.
There are some nice spots on the Murray River up in Lindsay Island area too, but not sure what your overall travel plan is on the way to Kangaroo Is or afterwards, if it would be suitable direction.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 09:09

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 09:09
Thanks to all for your thoughts and information on the area.

Providing the weather is okay, we will head into Murray Sunset via the Pink Lakes, overnight up around Mt Crozier and the next day north along the Underbool Track and west on to Pheeny’s Track. We’ll either spend the night along the Pheeny’s Track or head up to the shearer’s quarters.

I have checked with Vic NP who confirmed you can exit to Meribah from Pheeny’s Track – some of the maps I have indicate a road (Young’s Road), some don’t and others show a gate.

And it will be a good “shake-down” run for the new TVAN. We recently replaced our MK11 version with the newer MK4 Firetail…

Cheers, Baz
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