Comet Bore

 

Comet Bore is a small campsite in the Ngarkat Group of Parks in the upper south-east of the State.  It lies on the Pinnaroo to Bordertown Road, about 30 odd kilometres north of Bordertown or approximately 80 kilometres south of Pinnaroo.  It's about 250 kilometres from Adelaide.

I first camped here about five years ago.  It was a very hot afternoon and I had been driving all day.  I needed to rest and Comet Bore was the first suitable place I came too.  There is nothing here except for a few water tanks (firewater).  I followed the track in and found a few well spaced camping spots amongst the mallee trees.  I remember it well for two reasons; one was the heat and the other was the complete peace and quiet as the sun set - except for the occassional truck thundering past along the highway. 

The roads are sealed all the way to the turn off.  There are no signs forewarning of the turn off, but there is one directly opposite the turn off which is convenient as you have flown past the sign (and the turn off) at 100 k's an hour before you realise it.  A very short dirt road leads to the water tanks and a dirt track heads south east taking you to the camping area. 

The first thing you will notice is a largish open area.  If there has been recent heavy rainfall, this low lying area may hold water.  Alongside this open area, on the western side, are the camping sites.  There aren't many but they are fairly large sites, all on flat sandy/dirt ground.  The sites are not well screened from one another because of the open mallee type vegetation.  However, crowds here are not likely to be a problem.

The large open area mentioned above.  The rusty thing in the foreground is for cooking fires.

The roads are sealed all the way to the turn off.  The short dirt road is also OK for all vehicles.  The dirt track that leads to the campsites is usually OK for 2wd vehicles, but after rain it is slippery and can become boggy in places.  The sites are big enough for caravans and there is plenty of room to turn around.  Once again though, in wet weather, the tracks between campsites can get very soft, with one particular section very bad indeed.  Pegging tents presents no problems at all.

A section of the camping area.

Comet Bore is popular with birdwatchers at times, especially if there is any water lying around.  The surrounding scrub is home to the rare Mallee Fowl, and their nesting mounds can be found.  Be careful wandering off through the mallee trees.  The scrub all looks the same and it is very easy to lose your way.  Make sure you always have your car in sight or, if you are confident, use a compass. 

Other birds, such as Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and Purple-gaped Honeyeaters can also be found, along with many other species.  During that hot afternoon I spent there, one of the waters tanks was dripping leaving a small pool of water that attracted a number of different species.

Kangaroos and Echidnas are also quite common, especially if there is water in the large, shallow depression near the camping area.

I don't think Comet Bore is a location at which many people would stay for an extended period.  There are no facilities at all, except for a couple of wooden benches.  But it is and ideal place to spend a night or two if you enjoy complete isolation - and birdwatching.  It is also a nice overnight stop if you need a rest.

Campfires are allowed, except during Fire Danger Season.  There are numerous designated spots for fires (in the old rusty things), so please use them.  No collection of firewood is allowed.  Comet Bore is part of the Ngarkat Group of Conservation Parks.  There is a fee of $8 per night per car to camp.  Fees can be paid at Bordertown, Pinnaroo, Lameroo or Tintinara.