Ngarkat Conservation Park

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This group of conservation parks was declared in 1979 to protect a remnant of the original Ninety Mile Desert mallee, and linked Mount Rescue, Scorpion Springs, Mount Shaugh and Ngarkat conservation parks. The Ngargad people were the original inhabitants of the area and artefacts have been located around the freshwater soaks. Pastoralists attempted sheep grazing in the 1870s, but leases were abandoned after a decade. The area is flat and waterless, with the highest point being the 132-metre Mount Shaugh. Vegetation is a complex patchwork of different mallee (12 species) and heath. Beautiful spring-flowering flame heath, guinea-flower, fringe-myrtle and prickly geebung grow in the dune swales. Other vegetation includes black oak, belah, brown stringybark and desert banksia. Western grey kangaroos and short-beaked echidnas are common, and there are two species of pygmy possums. Mitchell’s hopping mice, common dunnarts and silky mice are busy at night. The 120 bird species include thornbills, honeyeaters, malleefowl, western whipbirds, red-lored whistlers and mallee emu-wrens. The reptiles include dragons, geckos, skinks and snakes.

All tracks in the park are 4WD only and there is a 40-kilometre per hour speed limit. Two-wheel-drive vehicles can access Pertendi Hut and Snozwells Road near Tintinara, and Pine Hut Soak if the weather is dry. This is remote country, very hot in summer and prone to lightning strikes. Carry plenty of drinking water and fuel. Most walks take less than an hour. For great views head up Mount Rescue, Gosse Hill or Mount Shaugh, or for easy strolls through mallee habitats take the Pertendi or Tyms Lookout trails.

Fact file


Seven camping areas with basic facilities


250 km east of Adelaide via Pinnaroo–Bordertown Rd or via Dukes Hwy to Tintinara; 60 km north of Bordertown; 40 km south of Pinnaroo; 26 km east of Tintinara

Park information

  • Parks SA (08) 8204 1910
  • Parks SA Lameroo (08) 8576 3690


270 000 ha (4 parks)

Visitor information

Tintinara (08) 8757 2220


Border Track camping areas

There are 5 camping areas for well-prepared campers along the remote Border Track, on the SA–Vic. border. Only experienced drivers in high-clearance 4WD vehicles should attempt this one-way route; it's open 1... Find out more

Box Flat camping area

This natural soak and seasonal wetland offers shaded campsites. Nearby ruins tell the tale of thwarted attempts to farm this area. Access is off Baan Hill Track, 38 km south of Lameroo.... Find out more

Bucks Camp Soakage camping area

This is a good overnight option for those on the Dukes Hwy. Access is signposted off the hwy, 16 km north-west of Keith; drive for a further 9 km to this birdwatchers’ site.... Find out more

Comet Bore camping area

A birdwatchers’ favourite, this site is also great for large groups. It is 60 km south of Pinnaroo, on the Bordertown–Pinnaroo Rd.... Find out more

Doggers Hut camping area

Open all year round on the 2-way section of the Border Track, this is the last campsite as you head south along the track before exiting the park. Only accessible by 4WD, this shady campsite has sufficient room for a... Find out more

Pertendi Hut camping area

All-vehicle access is possible to this popular site, a restored historic hut and picnic area. Walking trails explore the mallee vegetation. Signposted access is off Pinnaroo–Bordertown Rd, 48 km south of Pinnaroo.... Find out more

Pine Hut Soak camping area

The start of many hikes, this site has a picnic table and toilets, and can handle caravans. Check road conditions with Parks SA if there has been rain. Follow the sign 5 km south of Pinnaroo via Rosy Pine Rd.... Find out more

Rabbit Island Soak camping area

Good for smaller groups, and accessible with 4WD only, this site is also popular with birdwatchers. It's on the Mt Rescue Loop, 30 km north of Keith.... Find out more

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