Lake Arthur - SA



DEG: -30.17368141 137.33188875
DMS: 30º 10' 25.25" S 137º 19' 54.82" E
UTM: 53 J 6659672mN 724544mE
Altitude: 37m


Place Type

Geography - Lake,River,Creek


540.55kms North of Adelaide

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Lake Arthur can only be accessed on the Mulgaria 4x4 track, a private station track that was closed to the public in late 2014 due to some bad behaviour by 4x4ers..

From Andamooka, the road north is very slow going. The sand dunes eventually gave way to elevated rocky ground around the western shore of Lake Torrens. The track splits at the northern end of the lake with one branch continuing straight on to the White Hills and the old opal mining area. The right hand branch is a Private Station Track belonging to Mulgaria Station and heads east through some amazing country.

The diversity of country was simply amazing. I don’t know why I hadn’t explored this track earlier given the varied landscapes. We got some amazing views of Lake Torrens from various high bluffs along the lake shore. The track winds in through rocky hills, the make up I though was ancient Devonian coral like reefs similar to those of the Kimberley. Reaching a the shore of Lake Arthur a small salt lake, a faded sign indicates a track leading off to a geological and paleontological site of significant value. This track led south into a range of steep sided and rugged hills to a small turnaround area. We explored the area climbing the ridge above and securing good views out across the lake. We had no luck locating any fossils though.

Re-joining the main track, we eventually met the remains of the old dog fence which we followed for a good distance. We passed through some fantastic looking creek areas and the odd bore and trough before having a break for lunch on a high ridge by the dog fence (Cairn Nearby). Our journey of the afternoon took us down into the cattle country of the plains, across a few salt lakes with bores and troughs becoming more frequent. We had to negotiate our way around a large dam.

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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Lake Arthur 34.34km SW
Mean Max. °C36.535.632.227.322.318.618.420.624.628.131.834.4
Mean Min. °C21.321.
Mean Rain mm17.425.414.014.815.516.012.513.012.919.214.618.6

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