The Perry Sandhills are a remarkable eons-old geological formation. So guess what we used them for? Target practice! During WWII the red rippling dunes were used for bombing practice runs. We can sort of see the logic in that; one big explosion moves a whole lot of sand from one dune to the next. But we digress. These remarkable dunes, covering an area of 10ha, are much smaller than their famous neighbour in Lake Mungo National Park. But what they lack in size they more than make up for in sheer beauty.
They feature regularly on TV and film, and there have been significant fossil finds as well (bones of early Megafauna – think wombats the size of a car), some of which are housed in the Rotary Museum in Wentworth. The heart of the Murray Darling basin, this area also marks the confluence of the fourth largest river system in the world, after the Amazon, the Nile and the Mississippi (on area of catchment).
WHERE // The Perry Sandhills are 6km northwest of Wentworth, a picturesque small town on the banks of the Murray River not far from the NSW/SA border.
DID YOU KNOW? // The Perry Sandhills have featured in a Toyota ad, The Man From Snowy River II, on Slim Dusty’s last Album Looking Forward Looking Back, in an episode of children’s show Ocean Girl, Burke and Wills the movie and episodes of The Flying Doctors.