Border Track

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesNhill
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable ForAWD Motorbike 
Distance726.96 km
Minimum Days3
Average Speed47.66 km/hr
Travel Time15 hrs 15 mins
Page Updated: 21 Oct 2021


This Trek has been prepared as a leisurely, interesting, 3 day trip allowing plenty of opportunity to see and experience this area. Starting in Nhill, the trek notes head north to Lake Hindemarsh and to the dry Lake Albacutya before picking up the Murrayville Track near the Wyperfeld National Park. You will then skirt the Big Desert Wilderness Park and briefly enter the Murray-Sunset National Park and then follow the Old Mail Route where your trip ends in Mildura.

Note - it is possible to start the Border Track literally anywhere along the border, however note that some sections operate one way restrictions from North to South.

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The environment is typical Victorian desert – Mallee country. Expect some scratching from Mallee scrub particularly in the Wyperfeld section and some parts of the Northern Border Track may be overgrown. Soft sand is to be found on the tracks as well as corrugations and hard gravel. Carrying a compressor may be useful due to the changing road conditions although keeping the speed down on deflated tyres will enable travellers to get by. If intending to camp along the Murray take a fishing rod and enjoy a break along this beautiful stretch of river at the end of a very sandy and dusty trip.


The border track is steeped in history largely due to the dispute which arose from the original survey completed between 1847 and 1850. The result is that the border is actually sighted some 3kms too far West. A fascinating account of this can be obtained from John Deckert at Westprint Heritage Maps if you manage to visit whilst in Nhill.

There is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy whilst undertaking this trip, so watch out for Emu and Kangaroo. Aboriginal rock holes can be found close to the junction with South Bore Track.

TrekID: 91


MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.


Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.


Permits are not required for this trek note.

Fuel Usage

Fuel can be obtained at Nhill, Pinaroo and Mildura as well as Murrayville and Cullulleraine. Following the route as indicated should not require carrying additional fuel.
4cyl 102 litres4cyl 118 litres4cyl 145 litres
6cyl 111 litres6cyl 132 litres6cyl 128 litres
8cyl 111 litres8cyl 121 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Early or late summer is the best time to visit, although avoid mid summer as it can be quite hot.

Closest Climatic Station

Walpeup Research
Distance from Trek Mid Point 17.72km NE
Mean Max. °C31.831.227.922.918.315.114.616.419.523.126.829.8
Mean Min. °C15.215.413.
Mean Rain mm22.223.421.422.530.729.632.835.031.233.828.024.9
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended


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Nhill to Woorak
Driving: 12.48 km
Heading: 60°
Woorak to Four Mile Beach Campground
Driving: 26.04 km
Heading: 42°
Avg Speed: 99.52 km/hr
EST Time: 15:41
Four Mile Beach Campground to Jeparit
Driving: 6.66 km
Heading: 101°
Avg Speed: 26.38 km/hr
EST Time: 15:08
Jeparit to Rainbow
Driving: 32.01 km
Avg Speed: 26.38 km/hr
EST Time: 01:12:48
Rainbow to Albacutya
Driving: 8.93 km
Heading: 358°
Avg Speed: 26.38 km/hr
EST Time: 20:18
Albacutya to Western Beach of Lake Albacutya
Driving: 7.58 km
Heading: 305°
Avg Speed: 12.26 km/hr
EST Time: 37:05
Western Beach of Lake Albacutya to Billy Bore Camp
Driving: 123.54 km
Heading: 298°
Avg Speed: 13.94 km/hr
EST Time: 08:51:44
Billy Bore Camp to Border Track & FireBreak Track
Driving: 54.02 km
Heading: 293°
Avg Speed: 67.16 km/hr
EST Time: 48:15
Border Track & FireBreak Track to South of Red Bluff Reserve Tk
Driving: 56.79 km
Heading: 180°
South of Red Bluff Reserve Tk to Pinnaroo
Driving: 80.21 km
Heading: 356°
Pinnaroo to Pheenys Track Camp
Driving: 87.54 km
Heading: 22°
Avg Speed: 78.67 km/hr
EST Time: 01:06:45
Pheenys Track Camp to Border Track & Pheenys Tk
Driving: 20.35 km
Heading: 273°
Avg Speed: 12.51 km/hr
EST Time: 01:37:36
Border Track & Pheenys Tk to Waypoint
Driving: 85.19 km
Avg Speed: 12.51 km/hr
EST Time: 06:48:35
Waypoint to Ned's Corner
Driving: 63.04 km
Heading: 111°
Avg Speed: 12.51 km/hr
EST Time: 05:02:21
Ned's Corner to Merbein
Driving: 50.24 km
Heading: 85°
Avg Speed: 93.02 km/hr
EST Time: 32:24
Merbein to Birdwoodton
Driving: 2.98 km
Heading: 191°
Avg Speed: 93.02 km/hr
EST Time: 01:55
Birdwoodton to Mildura
Driving: 9.36 km
Heading: 83°
Avg Speed: 93.02 km/hr
EST Time: 06:02
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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