Assessment hails Border Track safe to re-open in several days

Date posted: 27 March 2013

In a one-off, the Border Track will re-open before the end of the month and allow visitors access to the Mallee attraction over the Easter break in 2013.

The track, which stretches across 30 kilometres through the Ngarkat Conservation Park near Piannaroo, is typically not scheduled to re-open until 1 April.

However, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) will re-open the track at 6am on Friday 29 March 2013.

The track, which is only accessible to four-wheel-drive vehicles, has been assessed by DEWNR, as well as a recognised SA 4WD group, to check on track condition and erosion issues.

However, a DEWNR spokesperson says it’s important to remember the fire danger season is still in place, meaning campfires are not allowed on any part of the track.

“And in the event of a fire danger rating of “Severe” or above, the track may be temporarily closed. So it is important to check on the forecasted weather conditions before heading out,” the spokesperson said.

“Rainy weather can also be hazardous and make driving the Border Track dangerous and difficult.”

Ngarkat Conservation Park is home to abundant wildlife such as western grey kangaroos, echidnas, pygmy possums, dunnarts, emus and the rare Mallee fowl.

Again, when planning a Border Track adventure, travellers are reminded the track it is a remote location with no mobile phone coverage or recovery services.

The track takes about four hours to complete, travelling in a north-south direction, starting at the north-east corner of Ngarkat Conservation Park.

“As mentioned, driving the Border Track is a challenging 4WD only experience, so make sure you are carrying plenty of water and the necessary communications and recovery equipment in case of emergency,” the DEWNR spokesperson said.

More information on Ngarkat Conservation Park and Border track is available by calling a Natural Resources Centre in Berri (08) 8580 1800 or Murray Bridge (08) 8532 9100, or visiting the Ngarkat web page.

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