Murray-Sunset National Park, Tourism Victoria

Population 210

Murrayville is a small town on the Mallee Highway near the South Australia border. It is near three major, remote national parks: Murray–Sunset National Park; Wyperfeld National Park; and Big Desert Wilderness Park, one of Victoria's largest wilderness zones.

Visitor Information

Ouyen Information Centre, 17 Oke St, Ouyen; (03) 5092 2006

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

Historic buildings: include the restored railway station and the old courthouse.

Walking tracks: several, including the Pine Hill Walking Trail in the town.


Murray–Sunset National Park Millions of years ago this area was submerged beneath the sea. When the sea retreated, large sand ridges and dunes were left. Now there is a variety of vegetation including grasslands, saltbush and mallee eucalypts. In spring, wildflowers abound; look out for Victoria's largest flower, the Murray lily. Access roads to the park are off Mallee Hwy. The Pink Lakes saltwater lakes, with a distinctive, pinkish hue, are a key attraction and are especially remarkable at sunset. There are many good walking tracks near the lakes, as well as excellent camping facilities. Lakes access via Pink Lakes Rd (turn-off at Linga, 50 km E); contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963. For north section of park see Mildura.

Cowangie: a small, historic town with several 19th-century buildings, including Kow Plains Homestead; 19 km E.

Big Desert Wilderness Park: a remote park with no access other than by foot. True to its name, this park has remained relatively untouched by Europeans and includes many reptile species and plants adapted to arid conditions; the track south of town takes you close to the park boundary.

Wyperfeld National Park: access via Underbool or by 4WD track south of Murrayville; for further details see Hopetoun.

Campsites around town

Blue Gums camping area 12 km

This is a big bush-camping site with some wood-fired BBQs – bring your own wood. Head west down Firebreak Track for almost 5.5 km from the Murrayville Track junction to reach the turning for Blue Gums Track. From... Find out more

Ngallo Park camping area 14 km

This compact, rustic camping area is located 2.5 km south of the Mallee Hwy down Ngallo South Rd. If you want to make use of the fireplace, bring your own wood. Further south of here are the vast reaches of Big Desert... Find out more

Coburns Pines camping area (bush camping) 18 km

This big, open camping area, located in the west of the park, has a scattering of bush campsites. Bring everything with you as there are no facilities here. Head west on Firebreak Track for 12.5 km from the Murrayville... Find out more

Red Gums camping area 19 km

Like Coburns Pines, Red Gums is a dispersed bush campsite with no facilities, excepting some weathered picnic tables. Also in the western reaches of the state forest, and accessed via sandy tracks, you can reach it by... Find out more

Big Billy Bore camping area 29 km

Big Billy Bore is the first campground you reach if heading south down the Murrayville–Nhill Track. The signposted turning is 33 km from Murrayville, from where it’s 650 m to the campsites. This stretch of... Find out more

Pine Hut Soak camping area 33 km

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

Border Track camping areas 40 km

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

The Springs camping area 44 km

The Springs unfortunately won’t supply you with any water, but you will find a wood-fired BBQ and picnic table here. This site is signposted off the Murrayville–Nhill Track about 15 km south of Big Billy... Find out more

Peebinga camping area (bush camping) 44 km

Bush camping is permitted 37 km north of Pinnaroo, reached from the Pinnaroo–Loxton Rd via the Kringin turn-off.... Find out more

Cattleyards camping area 46 km

The Cattleyards camping area is situated at the intersection of Underbool and Grub tracks at the southern edge of Murray–Sunset National Park. You can also get here via Sunset Rd from Cowangie on the Mallee Hwy,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Murrayville park area

At Murrayville

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Danyo rest area 6 km

6km E of Murrayville (L) or 53km W of Underbool (R)

Well off the highway among numerous small trees.

Pinnaroo East rest area 20 km

6km E of Pinnaroo (L) or 21km W of Murrayville (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Parilla rest area 47 km

At Parilla

Adjacent to the highway under shady trees.

Lake Crosbie camping area 55 km

T/O 50km E of Murrayville (L) or 9km W of Underbool (R)

Located 12km (unsealed) north of the highway on the edge of the lake in Murray-Sunset National Park.

Underbool park area 58 km

At Underbool

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Walpeup rest area 78 km

At Walpeup

Just off the highway, in the middle of town. Powered sites and showers available for a fee.

Wonga Camp Area 87 km

T/O to Yaapeet

In an open bush setting 27 kilometres (part unsealed) north of Yaapeet via Park Road in Wyperfeld National Park.

Western Beach Camp Area 89 km

T/O to Rainbow

On the shore of the (dry) lake 17 kilometres northwest of Rainbow via Hopetoun Road and Albacutya Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

Yaapeet Beach Camp Area 93 km

T/O to Yaapeet

On the shore of the (dry) lake 3 kilometres (unsealed) west of Yaapeet via Kenmare Road in Albacutya Regional Park.

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