All these Conservation Parks have bushwalking trails and camping is allowed. For Access Conditions, times and permits please contact Department of Environment and Heritage Information line (08) 8204 1910. For more information visit the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage.
Ngarkat Conservation Park
Ngarkat Conservation Park covers a total of 270 152 ha. The park consists of Mount Rescue, Mount Shaugh and Scorpion Springs, which join on to Ngarkat. In the park 22 kinds of reptiles have been recorded, 120 bird species, many types of mammals. plants and mallee flowers are also contained within the park.
Locations of the various parks making up Ngarkat are:
- 24 kilometres south of Lameroo
- 34 kilometres south-west of Pinnaroo
- 30 kilometres south of Parrakie
- Mount Rescue - 18 kms east of Tintinara
- Mount Shaugh - 69 kms north of Bordertown (access very limited)
- Scorpion Springs - 20 kms south of Pinnaroo
Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for the park due to the many sandhills. It is also recommended that you visit during the cooler months and that you carry ample fuel and water supplies.
Self-guided walks, such as those at Tyms Lookout, Pertendi Hut, and the trail from Pine Hut Soak to Scorpion Springs and Nannams Well is a great way to experience the mallee. Great views can be found after short walks to the top of Mount Rescue, Gosse Hill and Mount Shaugh. Walking page
Camping is permitted at six sites within the park and fees apply. Box Flat, Pine Hut Soak, Pertendi Hut, Comet Bore, Bucks Camp and Rabbit Island are the designated areas.
Remember that these are important drinking spots for kangaroos, emus and birds, and are home to many elusive, small nocturnal animals, Thank of other campers and bury toilet waste deep - at lease 30cm. Take your rubbish with you and leave generators and loud music at home. Enjoy the sounds of the bush instead!
For the birdwatcher, Comet Bore and Rabbit Island have the greatest diversity of species. Yellow-tailed black cockatoos, mallee ringneck parrots, thornbills and mallee fowl are just a small sample of what can be found in the park.
Visiting the parks
The best times to visit are late autumn, winter and early spring. Summer is not recommended because of high temperatures and risk of fire.
You will need to carry your own water, plenty of food and fuel, and have a mechanically sound vehicle. Useful additions include a tyre pump/compressor, tyre gauge and shovel.
We encourage you to bring your own firewood, as fallen wood in the park provides shelter for many native animals.
Fire restrictions apply from 1 November to 30 April. During this time only gas fires are permitted, with the exception of total fire ban days, when no fires are allowed.
Driving in the parks
Access to most of the parks requires a 4WD vehicle due to the sandy conditions. For better traction, and reduced damage to tracks, recommended tyre pressures are 18-22 psi or 120-150 kpa (about half that used when driving on sealed roads). A speed limit of 40 kph has also been set.
Be aware of oncoming vehicles and pedestrians which may be on the tracks. Please travel in the existing wheel ruts and don’t follow or create new side tracks. These green markers will guide you
to the various points of interest. The estimated travel times between these points are shown on the map. Border Track information.
For Access Conditions, times and permits
Department of Environment and Heritage Information
(08) 8204 1910 ~ website