Shearers Quarters

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Shearers Quarters

The Shearers Quarters is a historic self-contained cottage nestled in the remote heart of Murray-Sunset National Park. It is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the serenity of the bush. Go camping, bushwalking and birdwatching in the wide, open landscape. 

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The Shearers Quarters is perfect if you want to escape to a remote outback environment. Nestled in the heart of Murray-Sunset National Park, it is set in one of the few semi-arid regions in the world where the environment remains relatively untouched.

Shearers Quarters Cottage
Stay in the historic Shearers Quarters cottage, which was once the sleeping quarters of men who herded livestock through the region. The rustic self-contained cottage sleeps up to 10 people and offers creature comforts such as a gas fridge, oven and stovetop, as well as a bathroom with hot showers and flushing toilets. Bookings are essential.

There is a limited supply of non-potable water for showering but you will need to supply your own drinking water. Remember to bring everything else you need, including linen, pillows, cooking equipment and firewood for the adjacent outdoor fire pit.

Shearers Quarters Camping Area
If you want to get closer to nature, pitch your tent at Shearers Quarters Camping Area. Camp in Victoria's own outback and sit around the table or fire pit while you enjoy the serenity of the bush.

The wide, open landscape is the perfect backdrop for you to admire breathtaking sunsets and starry nights. There are three unpowered campsites suitable for up to six people per site, shared firepits and picnic tables as well as a pit-toilet. Camping is free and on a first-come first-served basis, and bookings are not required.

When you're there, explore the dry forest and woodlands as you take a bushwalk along the 3.5km Sunset Nature Walk, which begins at the camping area. You can see a variety of dry country birdlife in the region, including the endangered Malleefowl. On a warm afternoon, you may be lucky enough to spot a Bearded Dragon or Mallee Dragon basking in the sun. Signs along the way tell stories of parks flora and fauna and the area’s farming and logging history.

A 4WD is needed to access to Shearers Quarters and the roads can be difficult to pass when wet.

Things to do in the area

 
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Stargazing

Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.
Two people walk across a dry pink salt lake.

Pink Lakes

The Pink Lakes are so named because of their colour during late summer. A red pigment, carotene, is secreted from the algae - best seen early or late in the day or when it is cloudy. The lakes evaporate over summer leaving concentrated salt crusts over black mud.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A Land Rover Defender attempts a river crossing in the Alpine National Park.

4WD

Enjoy a range of short and long 4WD trips in Victoria's parks. From the desert or mountains, to the rainforest or snow, 4WD tracks cater for all levels of skill and expertise.
Wallpolla Island in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Walpolla Island

Wallpolla Island near Merbein is 9800ha of floodplain vegetation including Red Gum, saltbush plains, seasonal lakes and grasslands. Activities include fishing, boating and camping.

How to get there

Shearers Quarters

Murray-Sunset National Park is in north-west Victoria, about 550km from Melbourne and 400km from Adelaide. Access to the park from Melbourne is via the Calder Highway and from South Australia via the Sturt Highway.

Shearers Quarters is 40km east of Loxton and 10km from the South Australian and Victorian border. Access is via unsealed roads suitable for 4WD only.

Need to know

Shearers Quarters

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Kulkurna Cliffs Camping Area (Murray - Sunset National Park)

    Lindsay Island (MSNP) - Access

    Lindsay Island open, although has access limitations within due to residual flood water and road damage.
     
    The Broken Back bridge on the Little Mullaroo Creek is now Open, The Little Mullaroo Creek crossing on the Sandford Track has water across it, and should be approached and considered with caution, depths will change.  This may limit access to Webster's Lagoon or Kulkurna Cliffs. You should never drive through flood water.
     
    The Lindsay River crossing on the eastern entry point to Lindsay Island has extensive flood damage and residual flood water and will remain closed until further notice. Entry gates remain closed, signage in place.
     
    Access remains along the Mullaroo Creek between the Caravan through to the Mullaroo Mouth / Boat ramp. 
     
    Access now open to Lock 7 Camping Area, Lock 7 Sandbar Camping Area and Lock 7 Boat Ramp Camping Area.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Wallpolla Island Closed

    Wallpolla Island is closed due to riverine flood damage affecting both access and visitor safety.

    Closure – Conservation Program

    Due to a conservation program in parts of the Murray Sunset National Park, including the Shearers Quarters, Border, Pheenys Track, Rocket Lake, Henschke, Lake Crosbie, Lake Becking, Mopoke Hut, Mt Crozier, Underbool Track, Sunset Remote, Green Opal Mine campgrounds will be closed from Monday 15 April and will reopen on Friday 19 April 2024. Closure signs will be in place on all main entry points into the closed sections of the park.

    Attachments: MALLEE PARKS TEMPORARY CLOSURES (4,099KB)

  • Murray - Sunset National Park

    Mulcra Island is now partially open giving campers access to the Murray River

    Mulcra Island is now partially open giving campers access to the Murray River from River access 1 through to Lock 8. 
    Snake Lagoon track to the east is closed until further notice due to riverine flood damage affecting both access and visitor safety, so there is no access beyond Lock 8. Access through the Snake Lagoon track via the Old Mail Road is also affected by this closure. 


    Visitors are advised that some areas continue to be affected by residual flood water and high river levels. Caution is advised when camping in these areas. 

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