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AUSTRALIAN ARID LANDS NATURAL RESOURCES
This brochure was created and developed by the Marree-Innamincka
NRM Group. The Marree-Innamincka NRM Group is part of the South
Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board, responsible
for the management of natural resources in this part of the state,
including the ‘Legendary Tracks’ area. The Marree-Innamincka district is
dominated by arid desert land types and covers approximately 20% of
the state, or more than 200,000 square kilometres.
The Marree-Innamincka NRM Group includes representatives with a variety
of skills and backgrounds including the pastoral industry, mining/energy,
parks and wildlife, and government. The group plays a leading role in
developing community awareness and understanding of land management
issues, promoting planning and land management best practices.
First published November 2011, revised and reprinted June 2013.
The Natural Resources Centre SA Arid Lands provides a one-stop service
where you can access services and information on National Parks and
the management of wildlife, land and water.
Level One, 9 Mackay Street, Port Augusta.
SAAridlands@sa.gov.au (08) 8648 5300
PUBLIC ACCESS OFFICER (For access to Pastoral Leases)
1800 678 447
www.environment.sa .gov.au/managing-natural-resources/ Land/
© Produced by Natural Resources SA Arid Lands on behalf of the
Marree-Innamincka NRM Group.
REMOTE AREA TRAVEL
Arid landscapes are incredibly fragile. Whilst they may appear
barren and isolated they support a wide range of truly unique and
amazing plants and animals. Every step you take off the path and
every wheel you take off the track will have a lasting impact.
If you are not travelling through a national park or conservation
reserve, then you are most likely travelling through a pastoral
property, someone else’s backyard.
Please consider your actions carefully.
• Stay on the tracks.
• Camp only in designated areas or with the permission of the
appropriate land manager in other areas.
• Use public toilet facilities if you can. If a public toilet is unavailable,
dig a deep hole, burn any toilet paper and fill in the hole.
• Take your rubbish and waste cassettes to the nearest town
facilities for disposal in identified waste bins. Do not empty
cassettes into public toilets.
• Camping close to stock watering points can affect grazing stock
and because of this, you are not permitted to camp within 500
metres of these areas. Please don’t use soap or detergents in or
near waterholes, stock watering points or artesian springs.
• Pastoral homesteads and out-buildings are people’s homes and
businesses. Please respect their backyard and don’t camp within
one kilometre of a homestead or other buildings.
• Bring your firewood with you and check fire restrictions with
the Country Fire Service on 1300 362 361. Some National Parks
do not allow wood fires and we ask you not to collect wood in
outback areas as it so limited.
Travelling in remote outback South Australia can be a rewarding and
enjoyable experience. It can also be very hazardous with rapid onset
of extreme weather conditions, challenging terrain, and isolation
You are responsible for your own safety and planning. Don’t
forget to keep in agreed regular contact with a responsible
person and advise them of your travel plans.
OUTBACK ROADS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Be aware of weather forecasts as you are travelling. Always check
road and weather conditions before you leave. Severe penalties
apply for driving on closed roads and these are enforced.
Call the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
on 1300 361 033 for information about road closures and
conditions in the Outback.
Tracks within National Parks and on pastoral properties may also be
subject to closures and advice on road conditions via the Desert
Parks Bulletin. Call (08) 8648 5300 for further information.
Only signposted Public Access Routes on pastoral stations can be
used without first seeking landholder consent. All other station
tracks are considered to be private tracks. Contact the Public
Access Officer on 1800 678 447 or (08) 8648 5300 for further
Only about 5% of the outback has mobile phone range with the
majority of coverage in townships on main sealed roads. Coverage is
sporadic on the unsealed road network. Satellite telephones provide
alternative communications to almost anywhere in Australia and
around the world and some outback locations (such as Birdsville
and Mt Dare) hire satellite telephones to travellers.
UHF radios are also a popular means of communication in
the outback. To prevent confusion and ensure satisfactory
communications for everyone using this part of the radio band
frequency, protocols are in place. Please familiarise yourself with
UHF use prior to departure on a long outback adventure.
Travellers can use channels 9 to 30 and 39 for conversations as well
as channels 49 to 70, but should be aware that anyone within range
(line of sight) can hear your conversation.
Channels 5 & 35 are for emergency use only. Be aware
that emergency channels are monitored by volunteers and
may not always be available in outback regions. (Fines and
imprisonment can apply for misuse.)
Channels 1 to 8 and 41 to 48 are repeater channels, and as such
broadcast over a longer distance (up to 100 km). They should
only be used to seek assistance when required. Channel 40 is the
Road or ‘truckies’ channel. Channels 22 & 23 are for data only.
Channels 31 to 38 and 71 to 78 are repeater inputs. (Do not use
these channels for simplex transmissions as you will interfere with
conversations on channels 1 to 8 and 41 to 48.)
Your fuel economy will vary greatly on the tracks you take. Make
sure you plan ahead and carry enough fuel between all stops. Be
aware that heavy track conditions such as soft sand, muddy tracks
and slow, hilly terrain will increase your fuel consumption.
It is essential to always carry adequate supplies of water (plus a
3-4 day reserve supply). During mild weather estimate six litres per
person per day. During warmer weather estimate 10 litres of water
per person per day.
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
POLICE CONTACT NUMBERS
Birdsville (07) 4656 5677
Cockburn (08) 8091 1633
Leigh Creek (08) 8675 2004
Marree (08) 8675 8346
Tibooburra (08) 8091 3303
ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Port Augusta (08) 8648 9555
Broken Hill (08) 8088 1188
Birdsville (07) 4656 3232
Leigh Creek (08) 8675 2018
Marree (08) 8675 8345
Tibooburra (08) 8091 3302
(Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure)
1300 361 033
DESERT PARKS HOTLINE
1800 816 078
COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE (CFS) HOTLINE
1300 362 361
RAA (Copley Cooke’s Outback Motors)
(08) 8675 2618
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN TOURISM COMMISSION
FLINDERS RANGES AND OUTBACK VISITOR GUIDE
WADLATA OUTBACK CENTRE
Port Augusta 1800 633 060
Marree Hotel (08) 8675 8344
Marree Roadhouse & General Store (08) 8675 8352
Oasis Motel, Caravan Park & Campground (08) 8675 8352
Mungerannie Hotel (08) 8675 8317
The Wirrarri information Centre (07) 4656 3300
Birdsville Hotel & Motel (07) 4656 3244
Birdsville Caravan Park (07) 4656 3214
The Cameron Corner Store (08) 8091 3872
Lyndhurst Roadhouse (08) 8675 7782
Lyndhurst Hotel (08) 8675 7781
Innamincka Trading Post Store (08) 8675 9900
Innamincka Hotel (08) 8675 9901
Cooper Home Stay (08) 8675 9591
FOR ENTRY AND CAMPING PERMITS FOR THE REGIONAL
RESERVE OR COONGIE LAKES NATIONAL PARK, CONTACT THE
INNAMINCKA HOTEL OR INNAMINCKA TRADING POST STORE.
Natural Resources SA Arid Lands, and it’s employees, and the SA Arid Lands
Natural Resources Board, do not warrant or make any representation regarding
the use, or results of use of the information contained herein as to its correctness,
accuracy, reliability, currency or otherwise. The SA Arid Lands Natural Resources
Management Board and Natural Resources SA Arid Lands employees, expressly
disclaim all liability or responsibility to any person using the information or advice.
This work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act
1968 (Commonwealth), no part may be reproduced by any process without prior
written permission obtained from Natural Resources SA Arid Lands or the SA Arid
Lands Natural Resources Management Board. Requests and enquiries concerning
reproduction and rights should be directed to the Regional Manager at the Natural
Resources Centre SA Arid Lands.
THE MARREE-INNAMINCKA NRM GROUP GRATEFULLY
ACKNOWLEDGES INFORMATION SOURCED FROM THE
Westprint maps, John Deckert
Outback – South Australia and Central Australia, Stuart Nicol 2nd
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and Brendan Lay, (DWLBC)
Magnificent mihirungs: the colossal flightless birds of the Australian
dreamtime, Peter F. Murray, Pat Vickers Rich
Making Connections – A Journey along Central Australian Trading
Routes. Gen. eds. Val Donovan, Colleen Wall, Arts Queensland
Birdsville/Strzelecki Tracks Heritage Survey, Peter Bell (DENR)
Strzelecki Track, Lifeline to the Corner Country P & Val Donovan,
Geodynamics Limited, Power from the Earth; Quarterly Report March
Pads, tracks and water: South Australia’s Pastoral Stock Routes, Leith
Yelland. 2002, Department Primary Industries and Resources, Adelaide.
Reece Pedler, Alex Clarke, Graeme Chapman, Peter Canty, SAAL NRM
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