Point Sturt


Just spent a day and a night at Point Sturt (still chasing that non existent 1m long carp).  Although the wind was absolutely howling from the south west, there was a little patch of grassy ground below the low cliffs.  I set my swag up on the grass, right next to my car and it was quite comfortable out of the wind.  It is a very small area though, so unless you had the place to yourself, it is really only suitable for a quick overnighter or a day spent chasing the big carp that inhabit Lake Alexandrina.

Point Sturt is situated on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, about 90 kilometres from Adelaide, 18 kilometres from the small town of Milang and about 11 kilometres from the even smaller town, Clayton.  Lake Alexandrina is a large freshwater lake and is part of the Murray River's Lower Lakes.

A couple of years ago, the drought had badly affected Point Sturt, and the water levels of the lake dropped so dramatically that there was a couple of hundred metres of lake bed before you reached the water.

Thankfully that has all changed and the lake is now full again.

The roads are sealed all the way until Point Sturt Road.  This is unsealed, but is well maintained and is in fairly good condition.  The last couple of hundred metres before the actual point itself is reached is narrow and rough in places, but it's negotiable in all types of vehicles.

The land is flat and quite featureless.  The campground sits on a low hill, right on the shores of the lake.  There are no facilities at all and it is open to the wind from all directions.  It is an area best visited in kind weather.  You will need to take some sort of shade, because there are no trees at all.

The campground is grass, with underlying rock, sometimes very close to the surface, which can make pegging tents a pain at times, but you can generally move a couple of metres and find a secure hold.  The area is large enough for caravans and camper trailers. 

This is the campground.  See what I mean about "open"?

Although on the shores of the lake, access to the water is limited.  There is a small section of beach, probably about 50 metres long, where you can fish, swim or launch a canoe or kayak.  Otherwise, you can fish off low lying rocks nearby.  As you round the point, there are low lying cliffs which stretch for quite a distance.  Some points can be accessed so you can fish off rocks at the base of the cliffs, but most of this land is private property.

Just north west of the beach, you will see a fence.  Behind the fence is a small swampy area.  This area attracts water birds, along with some rare waders at times, but it is off limits, although you can observe the birds with binoculars.

The shallow waters attract carp and some quite big specimens too.  Point Sturt, before the drought, was a renowned big carp spot amongst those in the know and I'm sure it'll be back up to scratch in the near future now that the water has returned.  In fact, fishing for carp is what most people visit Point Sturt for.

The above mentioned fence.  Just to the right, out of picture, is the small stretch of sand.

It is a pleasant spot in nice weather, and, because it's a little south of Adelaide and open to any prevailing winds, the temperature is usually a few degrees less than that of the Adelaide. 

As far as I can ascertain, it is free to camp here.  Just as well, as there is absolutely nothing in the way of facilities.

Being only an hour or so from Adelaide, it's a great spot to visit for an overnight stop.  If you like fishing for carp, the kids have got a canoe and it's a nice calm day, you could do a lot worse than spend the night here.  Visit midweek and you will almost certainly have the place to yourself.

Once you round this point, the low lying cliffs stretch for a long way along the lake shore.