Border Track

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesNhill
FinishMildura
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable for4WD AWD Bike 
Distance726.98 km
Minimum Days3
Average Speed47.66 km/hr
Driving Time15 hrs 15 mins
Page Updated: 2 Jan 2013

Description

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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Environment

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.

History

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.

Preparation

Permits

Permits are not required for this trek note.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol 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.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 102 litres4cyl 118 litres4cyl 145 litres
6cyl 112 litres6cyl 132 litres6cyl 128 litres
8cyl 112 litres8cyl 121 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Early or late summer is the best time to visit, although avoid mid summer as it can be quite hot.

Closest Climatic Station

Walpeup Research
Distance from Trek Mid Point 17.72km NE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C31.831.227.922.918.315.114.616.419.523.126.829.8
Mean Min. °C15.215.413.110.07.75.54.85.46.98.811.413.5
Mean Rain mm22.223.421.422.530.729.632.835.031.233.828.024.9
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

Nhill and Pinaroo are the main towns until arriving at Mildura but also enjoy stopping in Rainbow and Jeparit

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Nhill to Woorak12.48 kmNE60° N/A
Woorak to Four Mile Beach Campground26.04 kmNE42° 15 min
Four Mile Beach Campground to Jeparit6.66 kmE101° 15 min
Jeparit to Rainbow32.01 kmN1 hr 12 min
Rainbow to Albacutya8.93 kmN358° 20 min
Albacutya to Western Beach of Lake Albacutya7.58 kmNW305° 37 min
Western Beach of Lake Albacutya to Billy Bore Camp123.54 kmNW298° 8 hr 51 min
Billy Bore Camp to Border Track & FireBreak Track54.02 kmNW293° 48 min
Border Track & FireBreak Track to South of Red Bluff Reserve Tk56.79 kmS180° N/A
South of Red Bluff Reserve Tk to Pinnaroo80.21 kmN356° N/A
Pinnaroo to Pheenys Track Camp87.54 kmN22° 1 hr 6 min
Pheenys Track Camp to Border Track & Pheenys Tk20.35 kmW273° 1 hr 37 min
Border Track & Pheenys Tk to Ned's Corner85.19 kmN6 hr 48 min
Ned's Corner to Merbein63.04 kmSE113° 5 hr 2 min
Merbein to Birdwoodton50.24 kmE85° 32 min
Birdwoodton to Mildura2.98 kmS179° 1 min
Nhill to Mildura726.98 km  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.

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