Pooginook Conservation Park

 

A great park to visit if you like isolation, bush camping or roughing it.  Pooginook is a fair way from anywhere; 50 odd kilometres east of Morgan and about 30 kilometres north east of Waikerie (on the opposite side of the river).   It is a large park, consisting of Mallee Scrub and some regenerated farmland in the south western section.  It is on the northern side of the Morgan to Renmark Road.  There is one sign opposite the entrance, so keep your eyes open (it's a brown sign with white lettering).

The track leading into the park is single lane and, leading to the campground, it is OK for 2WD vehicles.  The track continues around the inside edge of the park and is negotiable for conventional vehicles for the majority of the way.  There are some parts that are quite soft.

The soil here is orange sand, typical of the Mallee country north of the river.  It lacks the small stones associated with the soil at Swan Reach and Ridley Conseration Parks.

The campground is hard to distinguish from the area surrounding it.  There is (or was) a small sign designating it as the campground, but it was a small rusted piece of tin, hardly readable.  The site is just a small, cleared area of natural bush. 

It is easy to believe that noone else exists when walking through this park.  The open areas and sparse vegetation add to this feeling.  The north eastern side of the park is old, dense Mallee and it is a birdwatchers paradise.  It may mark the boundary of northern and southern species of birds.  The magpies are the black-backed variety (as opposed to the white-backed species further south), whilst Scarlet-chested Parrots and Major Mitchell Cockatoos have been spotted.

Aside from the birds, there are plenty of kangaroos and emus, as well as lizards.  I'm sure snakes are present, but I haven't seen any.

No shelter or shade from the trees make this a fair weather prospect only.  Spring is the ideal time with the added bonus of wildflowers and blooms from the native trees.

An excellent park to bush camp in complete isolation (unless you pick a day when a national convention of birdwatchers has converged on the place).

 

Kangaroos are numerous in Pooginook CP.