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Wyperfeld and Murray-Sunset National Parks, Australia

35.6S 141.7E

June 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Australia - June 1st, 2010

The two dark brown areas in the upper half of this image are Wyperfeld National Park (above) and Murray-Sunset National Park (below). The former is the third largest national park in Victoria (south-eastern Australia). Declared in 1921 and expanded significantly since, it protects more than 3,500 km² of mallee, woodland, and heathland in Victoria’s north-west, about 450 km northwest of Melbourne.

Murray-Sunset is the second largest national park in Victoria, Australia, 438 km northwest of Melbourne. It is in the northwestern corner of the state, bordering South Australia to the west and the Murray River to the north. The Sturt Highway passes through the northern part of the park, but most of the park is in the remote area between the Sturt Highway and the Mallee Highway, west of the Calder Highway. The park was created in 1991, and expanded to encompass Pink Lakes State Park in 1999.

Murray-Sunset and Wyperfeld National Parks, Australia

March 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Snapshots

Australia - March 20th, 2009

Australia - March 20th, 2009

The darker patches of land amidst the Australia’s orangey brown terrain are actually two national parks, rich in plant- and wild-life.

Murray-Sunset National Park (above) is the second largest national park in Victoria, located 438 km northwest of Melbourne. It is in the northwestern corner of the state, bordering South Australia to the west and the Murray River to the north.

The park was created in 1991, and expanded to encompass Pink Lakes State Park in 1999. The lakes are dubbed “pink” after the beta-carotene pigment that colours it in late summer, caused by the algae Dunaliella salina. Over 600 species of plants have been recorded, and 300 species of birds in the rich mudflats.

Below Murray-Sunset is another protected area: Wyperfeld National Park, the third largest national park in Victoria. Declared in 1921 and expanded significantly since, it protects more than 3,500 km² of mallee, woodland, and heathland in Victoria’s north-west, about 450 km northwest of Melbourne.

In good years, the Wimmera River fills Lake Hindmarsh to the south of the park, which overflows along Outlet Creek, which then fills Lake Albacutya to the immediate south of the park, and (given sufficient rain) flows further north into Wyperfeld itself, forming a series of smaller lakes which support rich floral and faunal communities based around black box and river red gum.

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