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Sturt’s tree walk

Sturt National Park

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Charles Sturt’s expedition into the Australian outback is an historic event. The walk across the dry lakebed of Lake Pinaroo takes you to the site of a marked tree.

Sturt National Park
7km loop
Time suggested
3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
Grade 5
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Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • 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.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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  • in 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.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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Lake Pinaroo wetland in Sturt Naitonal Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE