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Muloorina Station

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Visited 18 May 2010

I was made aware of this station as a potential photography site by some friendly birders that I meet while visiting Gluepot. They were so enthused about Muloorina that we changed our plans and added a one day visit to Muloorina to our itinerary. What makes this a great place to visit is the presence of a permanent 3km waterhole in the channel of the Frome River. The water is maintained by an artisan bore, which means even in winter the warm bore water outlet can be great for a swim. There is good bird habitat surrounding the waterhole with plenty of scrub, mature trees and reed beds.

Though Muloorina is great for birding and photography, by far the most visitors were there because it is an idyllic camping spot and a jumping off point for visiting Lake Eyre, which is only 40 km away.

There is a single flush toilet and plenty of camping spots on both sides of the waterhole. You need to be completely self sufficient, so bring your own firewood and remove any rubbish. It is important that visitors remember this is private property and maintain the natural habitat. At the time of our visit it cost $10 per vehicle per night, with the payment to be placed in the honesty box adjacent to the toilet. There is no need to prebook.

Only contact the owners at the Homestead in an emergency. 


This station is located approximately 51km north of Marree. The access road was well formed and signposted.

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A permanent hide was located on the homestead side of the waterhole. It provided a view over a large area of open water and some close reed beds. Around the edge of the waterhole there were some excellent spots to set up a temporary hide. There were also a number of dead trees and open areas that made bird photography ideal.

The birds

To be honest, during my visit, though the area looked very promising the number of bird species seen was less than I expected. This could probably be put down to the time of year, lack of flowering plants and the recent widespread rains. If you are in the area I would still recommend a visit because of the setting and prior reports of signifcant number of species seen. Also there are some great birding opportunities driving to this area. Check out theBirding-Aus archives.

During our visit we saw:

Diamond Dove, Sacred Kingfisher, White-breasted Woodswallow, Singing Honeyeater, Australian Reed Warbler, Eurasian Coot, Galah, Little Corella, Babblers, Whistling kite, Pacific Black Duck, Black-fronted Dotterel, Budgerigar, Zebra Finch, Black-face Cuckoo-shrike. White-browed Babbler, White-plumed Honeyeater. Welcome Swallow, Crested Pigeon, Australian Magpe, White-faced Heron.

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