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Sturt’s tree walk is a 7km, grade 5 Circuit hike located in the Sturt National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.
In 1844, Captain Charles Sturt led the Central Australia Expedition from the streets of Adelaide, then along the Murray and Darling rivers before heading where no European had been before. The objective was to find the sea which Sturt and his supporters believed lay in the heart of Australia.
On his journey, Sturt left calling cards in the form of an S and an arrow, indicating that he had been there and the direction of travel. Sturt’s Tree walk in Sturt National Park offers a unique opportunity to view a piece of Australian history; one of the trees marked by Charles Sturt all those years ago.
The walk takes you across Lake Pinaroo, so you can only walk when the lakebed is dry. If you can’t take the walk because the lake is full, don’t worry, you’re still in for one of nature’s treats. The lake is a vital habitat for countless waterbirds and waders as well as a range of mammals and reptiles, so you’re bound to enjoy your visit to this internationally recognised wetland.
About the Region
Sturt National Park in the Outback NSW region
Sturt National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Tibooburra Visitor Centre is always open, self-service.
The walk starts half way along the Wells walk which starts at Fort Grey campground. Parking Parking is available at Fort Grey campground
The walk across Lake Pinaroo is about 3km, with access via the Wells walk which is a 4km loop.
The landscape around Lake Pinaroo changes through the seasons. In times of plenty, when the lake is full, Sturt’s Tree Walk is not accessible.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch and don’t forget your camera.
Check the weather before you set out as roads within Sturt National Park may be closed during wet weather.
This park is in a remote location, please ensure you are thoroughly prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.