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 PDF (1018.0 KB).


Ranger Station: 08 8956 9765.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Mac Clark Conservation Reserve Open   -

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.

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

Check road conditions before you go.

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

  • short walks
  • nature appreciation
  • four-wheel driving.

Mac Clark Conservation Reserve has information signs.

When visiting the park remember all of the following:

  • keep to designated roads and tracks
  • if you are driving through private landholder properties:
    • leave all gates as you find them
    • drive only on roads
    • do not disturb stock or
    • tamper with bores, fences or other structures
  • make sure that all gates into the reserve are closed to keep out stock
  • all historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • do not interfere with the trees and be careful not to trample seedlings
  • camping is not permitted, however camping is available at Old Andado Station
  • firewood collection is not permitted in the reserve
  • fires are not allowed
  • firearms are not allowed
  • bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
  • pets are not allowed
  • you need a permit to use a drone - you must get it before you arrive.

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.

Trephina Gorge Ranger Station phone: 08 8956 9765

Contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs for more tourist information.

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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