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.
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
How to get there
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
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.
Murray - Sunset National Park
Park Closure - Conservation ProgramDue to park conservation programs parts of the Taparoo and Berribee area, including Lindsay River and the Shearers Quarters campground, will be closed from sunset to sunrise from Monday 23 January to Friday 10 March 2023. These areas are open to the public during daylight hours and weekends. Closure signs will be in place on all main entry points to closed sections of the park.
Park Closure - Conservation ProgramDue to park conservation programs parts of the Pink Lakes area, including Lake Crosbie, Lake Becking and Mt Crozier campgrounds, will be closed from sunset to sunrise from Monday 30 January to Friday 17 February 2023. These areas are open to the public during daylight hours and weekends. Closure signs will be in place on all main entry points to closed sections of the park.
- Lindsay Island - closed due to riverine flooding
- Mulcra Island - closed due to riverine flooding
- Wallpolla Island - closed due to riverine flooding
- Walla Walla Track - closed
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Increased risk of mosquito-borne diseasesLarge numbers of mosquitoes in Northern Victoria have increased the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly around rivers and other water bodies.