Mac Clark (Acacia peuce) Conservation Reserve

Acacia peuce or waddywood is one of the rarest and most striking trees that grows in the Australian arid zone.

Found in only three locations worldwide, it survives at Mac Clark on a stony wind-swept plain where the average rainfall is 150mm.

The only other places it is found are Boulia and Birdsville in Queensland.

About 1,000 mature trees are protected here and some are fenced to protect them from cattle.

The site is subject to ongoing scientific research.

Waddywood is an extremely hard wood that was traditionally used to make digging tools by the local Aboriginal people. The trees can grow to be 17m tall and live up to 500 years.

You can not camp in the reserve, but you can camp at Old Andado Station.

Get the Mac Clark Conservation Reserve fact sheet and map (892.8 kb).

What to see and do

You can do all of the following activities in the reserve:

  • bushwalking
  • nature appreciation
  • four-wheel driving (4WD).

How to get there

The reserve can be accessed by 4WD vehicles only via Santa Teresa or from Kulgera on the Stuart Highway.

Opening hours

All year round, but roads may be closed after heavy rain.

The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

Check if this park is open

Find out if the Mac Clark (Acacia peuce) Conservation Reserve is open.

Contact

Trephina Gorge Ranger Station phone: (08) 8956 9765

Contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs for more tourist information.

Facilities

Mac Clark Conservation Reserve has information signs.

Please remember

When visiting the park remember all of the following:

  • you are driving through private landholder properties, so drive only on roads, leave gates as you find them
  • slow down in areas with cattle
  • natural and cultural resources in the reserve are protected
  • do not interfere with Aboriginal artefacts or stone tool sites in the reserve
  • make sure that all gates into the reserve are closed to keep out stock
  • do not interfere with the trees and be careful not to trample seedlings
  • keep vehicles outside the fenced-off areas
  • fires are not permitted in the reserve
  • do not collect firewood near the reserve
  • pets are not permitted in the reserve
  • nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
  • you should only camp at Old Andado Station
  • do not interfere with nearby bores or cattle yards.

Safety

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Mac Clark Conservation Reserve by doing all of the following:

  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
  • avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day
  • think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.

Last updated: 13 October 2017