Messent Conservation Park

Dawn, Messent Consrevation Park.  You can just make out the track in this picture.

Messent Conservation Park is west of Tintanara in the upper south east of the State.   Tintinara is about 2 hours from Adelaide and has a store and fuel outlets. 

About 20 k's west of Tintinara along the Woods Well Road, you will come to a dirt road on the left.  This is called Lake Ellen Road.  Follow this for about 3 - 4 kilometres and the road will take a sharp left.  Look carefully to your right and you will see a dirt track heading into the bush.  This will lead you to the entrance to Messent Conservation Park. 

There are two tracks you can take once at the entrance,  Heading almost south is a track that follows the boundary of the park, with cleared farmland on the left and scrub on the right.  Both tracks are 4wd only.  A conventional vehicle will only get you as far as the turn off on Lake Ellen Road.  From there it's 4wd or walking.

Another, more interesting track heads south west, through the heart of the park.  The track passes through some low lying areas which do flood after heavy rain.  The track is mostly sand, but not too soft.  The muddy areas are that nasty, grey coloured, clinging mud.  It's best to avoid this park altogether after rain.

Camping was allowed here, but I am unsure if that is still the case.  It was never a very busy spot, but there does not seem to have been any campers there for a while.  It would be wise to check with National Parks and Wildlife if contemplating a camping trip here.

It is a very quiet spot, with low lying forrested dunes and areas of low sedgelands.  Kangaroos are numerous, along with numerous bird species.  Wombats are present in this park.  Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos call this park home also and every morning and evening they can be seen in flocks, although you will hear them before you see them.

It is a very relaxing place to visit.  It's isolation can only be fully appreciated with at least a nights stay.

Red Wattlebirds are numerous, especially in Spring and Autumn.  They are also very noisy.