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Why this Hike
This beautiful walk near the far north corner of New South Wales retraces the steps of European explorers looking for Australia’s ‘lost’ inland sea and shows off native wildlife such as kangaroos and Grey Falcons. The lake is often dry allowing you to spend part of the walk trekking along the dry base of water before arriving at Sturts Tree, named after these explorers.
Track Notes & Overview
Starting at Fort Grey Campground’s east end, the track starts by following Wells Loop out towards Old Fort Grey Homestead before passing by the red dunes and local wildlife that are a cornerstone of this area. Continuing along the track as you get closer to lake Pinaroo you should reach the turn off along the 3 kilometre dry lake return walk to Sturts Tree where the European explorers once went searching for Australia’s lost inland sea. Once you are done at the tree, return to Wells Loop and keep following the track until arriving back at the Campground.
*Please note that on rare occasions the lake can fill to the point where the return walk to Sturts Tree is not possible, make sure that you only complete the 4KM Wells Loop if this rare event has happened.
Packing for a Day Hike
Even if it is just a small day hike, packing is still essential to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun while on your hike. This free packing list will make sure you have everything you need while taking the hassle out of packing.
Food for a Day Hike
Before setting off on a day hike one thing you must do is plan what food you are going to bring with you. Your snacks and lunches should be nutritious, delicious and lightweight but they don't need to be complex.
Our recipe hub includes a range of lunches and snacks perfect for a day hike ranging from easy to create in minutes to tasty creations like you would make at home.
Leave No Trace
A Hikers Friend fully endorses the 7 principles of ‘leave no trace’ hiking which aim to protect our natural spaces and encourages you to apply them on your next adventure.