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Merton motor trail

Willandra National Park

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Whether you’re driving or cycling, the Merton motor trail at Willandra National Park is the perfect way to experience the park’s various wildlife habitats and historic past.

20km loop
Time suggested
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park

Merton motor trail is a 20km loop that passes through the various spectacular landscapes and wildlife habitats of the park. Whether you’re driving or cycling, stop along the way to explore remnants of the area’s historic past, both Aboriginal and pastoral. Why not take a picnic lunch and make a day of it?

It’s believed that Aboriginal people first came to this area over 45,000 years ago. On the scalds near Halls Lake, years of erosion have uncovered evidence of their daily lives. Keep your eyes open for the remains of oven hearths, stone flakes and broken pieces of grinding dishes.

The trail also passes Merton Outstation. Wander these untouched ruins and consider what life might have been like on this and other isolated outstations of Big Willandra. At Willandra Creek, park and walk 200m upstream to the old sheep bridge across which livestock was once herded between paddocks.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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  • in Willandra National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Willandra National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass
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