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Ngarkat Conservation Park

Ngarkat Conservation Park

Ngarkat Conservation Park is home to some of South Australia’s great 4WD tracks and enables you to explore the vast desert country. Ngarkat Conservation Park is situated in the upper South-East of South Australia and is a popular 4WD destination for the 4×4 enthusiast. You don’t have to be an expert to tackle these tracks, just use common sense and caution when needed. The network of 4WD tracks within Ngarkat Conservation Park are signposted which helps you along the way. Please drive responsibly and remain on the marked 4WD tracks at all times.

One of the fascinating features of the Ngarkat Conservation Park is its vastness. It is rare to come across anyone else which exasperates the feeling of remoteness. Take one of the many 4WD tracks to experience the rugged terrain of the desert and unleash the adventurer within.

The Ngarkat Conservation Park is well known for the Border track, which is a sandy track which runs along the South Australian and Victorian border. The track has an unmaintained surface and high clearance 4WD vehicles are highly recommended ( as there are no rescue services in this area ) Please be aware that it is a one way track and that if bad weather is forecast use with caution or use an alternative route via Scorpion Springs.

The Ngarkat Conservation Park is abundant with wildlife and it is quite common to see kangaroos, emus, echidnas and a variety of native birds. There are many walking tracks that enable you to take in the beauty of the Mallee, and offer a unique insight into the natural and historical beauty of this region. Stay at one of the many camping grounds on offer throughout the park. The Pertendi Hut, Mt Shaugh and Mt Rescue campsites have basic facilites (toilets), and fees do apply.

Water and fuel supplies must be carried at all times due to the remoteness of the park. Gas fires only from 1st November to 30th April annually ( except on days of total fore ban ).
Recommended tyre pressures are 18-22 psi or 120-150 kPa for better traction.
When negotiating single-lane tracks on sand hills, beware of oncoming traffic.

Things to do and see…

  • 4WD
    Some 4WD trips to consider Border Track, Ngarkat Loop, Scorpion Springs, Baan Hill and Mount Rescue Loop.
  • Camping
    Stay at one of the many bush campsites available throughout the park.
  • Walking Trails
    Take one of the many walking trails on offer to experience the natural beauty and wilderness on Ngarkat.


Upper South East region Of South Australia.