Wallpolla Island near Merbein is 9800ha of floodplain vegetation including Red Gum, saltbush plains, seasonal lakes and grasslands. Activities include fishing, boating and camping. Excellent
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Wallpolla Island near Merbein is 9800ha of floodplain vegetation including Red Gum, saltbush plains, seasonal lakes and grasslands. Activities include fishing, boating and camping.
Excellent canoeing can be enjoyed throughout the islands. Negotiating fallen timber and river bends can be challenging, but the scenery is superb.
Pelicans and Wedge-tailed Eagles soar overhead, while Emus and Red and Western Grey Kangaroos roam the drier plains. The elusive, endangered Paucident Planigale, a small native mammal, shelters in clay fissures. Regent Parrots flash through the trees and waterbirds wade in the creeks.
Short bush walks can be enjoyed along established tracks and the island's floodplains are a haven for wildlife, where River Red Gums grow close to the river and along smaller creek beds.
Many of the tracks lead to perfect shady sites along the river and creeks where bush camping or picnicking can be enjoyed.
Wallpolla Island is about 570kms north‐west of Melbourne and 350kms east of Adelaide. Access to the island is via the Old Mail Road, an unsealed road running between Meridian Road and Lock 9 Road. Two-wheel drive vehicles can access the island in dry weather, however four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. All tracks are dry weather only and gates will be closed during flooding.
No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis.
There are no designated camping areas but bush camping is possible.
Practice minimal impact camping and observe relevant fire regulations. Beware of falling River Red Gum limbs when camping.