Day 157 – Wyperfeld National Park

Wyperfeld Mallee Country

I spent a night in Nhill before heading towards Yaapeet, then north to the Main Entrance Rd into Wyperfeld National Park. This is Mallee country. A 4wd is a necessity to really explore the park. I began by stopping at the Wonga campgrounds to visit the information hut and explore. The Eastern Lookout was next providing excellent views of the Mallee after a short 10 minute walk to the summit tower.

Shortly after I turned NE onto the Dattuck track and am greeted with a warm and fuzzy sign. From here on up the North South track a 4wd is mandatory. Ultimately there was nothing I couldn’t handle. The sand was deep in sections but other than 1 hill taking 2 attempts there was nothing for me to worry about. I powered through with ease. I free camped at Casuarina campgrounds, providing pit toilets, tables and fire pits. The skies had cleared and I was treated to a great star show including satellites streaking above the earth and a lone shooting star. It was about 5 degrees Celsius outside, so eventually retreated into my Defender to a warmer 7 degrees.

Day 2 and I visited the Snowdrift. This is a large sand dune in the middle of the park, a favourite for tobogganists. I wound my way along the Wirrengren Plain track visiting O’Sullivans Lookout. A 30 minute return walk to the summit. The plains are beautiful in their simplicity. Tumbleweeds rolled across with the gusting winds. The occasional Emu would be seen running neck outstretched for the treeline.

Again I spent 2 whole days without seeing another person. I departed North out to the small town of Underbool, staying the night in a little park the locals had set up. The site has toilets, $3 showers and $10 for powered sites. A bargain and a nice quiet night before I tackle Murray-Sunset at dawn.

 

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