Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Lake Bindegolly National Park
What's special?A string of salt and freshwater wetlands at Lake Bindegolly National Park form an important wildlife refuge in the arid zone. The park is home to more than 195 species of birds, 80 other kinds of animals and 300 species of plants. Saline Lakes Bindegolly and Toomaroo and freshwater Lake Hutchinson attract more than 60 species of waterbirds including pelicans, swans and the rare freckled duck. The lakes are dry about once a decade.
This diverse 14,000ha park has samphire flats, claypans, sand dunes, hard and soft red mulga country, gidgee woodlands, and Eremophila shrublands. The park was established in 1991 to protect the Acacia ammophila tree which grows along the sand dunes fringing the eastern side of the lakes. This is one of only two known populations of this gnarled tree which is threatened with extinction.
Mulga-studded gibber plains rise to a ridge on the western side of the lake known locally as Mt Bindegolly.
Exploring Lake BindegollyDrive to the park entrance and read about the park’s wildlife and history at the display in the picnic shelter. Have a picnic or walk to the lake.
Take your binoculars and go birdwatching. A bird viewing site is 4·5km from the carpark. See thousands of waterbirds on the lake and wedge-tailed eagles, blue bonnets, pink cockatoos and mulga parrots in the shrublands.
To protect the fragile lake edges and samphire flats, vehicles are not allowed on the park. See wildflowers in spring.
Fuel, food and accommodation are available at nearby Thargomindah.
Visit in the cooler months.
WalkingExplore around Lake Bindegolly on a 9·2km circuit track which skirts the lake edge then returns along scrub-covered sandhills. The track may be flooded after rain. Follow the markers and stay on the sandy track to protect the park’s fragile vegetation. Wear a hat and sunscreen and take water.
Getting thereLake Bindegolly is half an hour or 40km east of Thargomindah on the Bulloo Developmental Road.
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