Lake Pinaroo - Sturt National Park - North West NSW

Jeff Catford

Sydney, Australia

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It’s hard to believe, but this seemingly dry, dead lake, Lake Pinaroo, can be a normal sort of lake … the kind that has has water in it …. well sometimes.

The old Fort Grey homestead, all solid stone, once graced a commanding position, seemingly safe and snug, high on the edge of this lake.

Not quite so safe though. In 1974 Lake Pinaroo was sufficiently full to be able to produce waves of a size and force that destroyed the old homestead.

They built a new homestead after that. Quite a few kilometres away and much higher up.

Not too far from this tree is another tree, but it’s a tree of note. It’s not quite as big as this one but it’s about as dead. So dead in fact that it is needs the help of a nondescript metal support structure to stay standing.

The reason for the effort to keep this tree upright is that it bears a blaze that marks it as a site visited by the explorer Charles Sturt. This is probably why the tree is called The Explorers’ Tree.

It’s possible, that around about here, Sturt decided that maybe hauling a large boat into the interior of Australia might not have been necessary. Perhaps he should have waited a bit and come by in 1974.

If you happen to pass this way, the Fort Grey camp ground is thoroughly recommended. So is a fly veil.

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