MURRAY-SUNSET NP, VIC

Murray-Sunset’s iconic pink lakes are an eternal tourist draw. Pic: visitnsw.com

Murray-Sunset National Park is the heart of the Mallee Country; regional Victoria’s own little slice of the outback.

It’s funny that this little slither of paradise is as far removed from most Melbournians lives as the Bungle Bungles or the Olgas.

The truth is that ‘sunset country’ is much closer to home than you think, and it’s possible to get right out in the thick of it, amongst the vivid pink lakes, arid plains and shocks of native wildflowers in just a half a day’s drive from the capital.

If you’re dreaming of the outback but have only got weekend leave pass up your sleeve, then what are you waiting for? It’s time to load up the family, pack the fourby and head to the Mallee!

STUFF TO DO

4WDING: The Wyperfeld Park to Underbool Drive passes through sandy dunes, dry lakebeds and floodplains and showcases a proper cross section of the Mallee region.

THE PINK LAKES are the result of a type of red algae that thrives in the saline inland environment, offering visitors some unique photographic opportunities.

IMPORTANT INFO

LOCATION: 440km north west of Melbourne.

CAMPING: Free camping is available at Mopoke Hut and Mount Crozier Campgrounds in the Murray-Sunset National Park. Both campgrounds provide toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces.

FUEL: Mildura, Swan Hill, Melbourne.

MORE INFO is available at www.parkweb.vic.gov.au