Visiting Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary

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Terrain Warning

After recent flooding in Central Australia, there is some damage to roads and internal tracks so DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

Due to erosion, Siddeley Ranger Tour at Pigeon Camp is CLOSED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE.

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Reasons to Visit

The scenery at Newhaven is spectacular: dramatic quartzite ranges overlook extensive parallel sand dunes and shimmering salt lakes and clay pans. Decorated by mulga woodlands, rich spinifex sandplains and large areas of bloodwood and desert oak, Newhaven is also a hotspot for the wildlife of central Australia. Threatened species include the Black-footed Rock-wallaby, the Brush-tailed Mulgara and an important population of the Great Desert Skink.

Newhaven is renowned as a key arid zone bird watching destination, supporting 175 species of birds.

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Available Activities

Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary has established a series of self-guided tours allowing visitors to independently explore this diverse arid landscape at their own pace. Comprehensive interpretive notes accompany these tours providing an informative background to each journey.

A number of short walks provide an opportunity for bird watching within mulga woodlands or a brief climb up one of the nearby hills gives a spectacular view of the vastness of the desert.

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Accommodation and Facilities

Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary has a campground which is open to visitors from 30 March to 30 September. Ten (10) unpowered campsites are designated by a fire pit and chosen on a first-come-first-served basis.

Caravans, campervans and tents all welcome – 4WD access only and fuel is NOT available. NO PETS ALLOWED.

Two composting toilets, two warm showers, bore water for drinking and fire pits are provided with some firewood (but we prefer people to be self-sufficient).

Please carry an emergency safety device (EPIRB, beacon, locator or GPS) while on sanctuary.

Bookings are essential. Camping fees are $10 per adult per night; $5 per child per night.

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Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary will open to visitors in 2024 from 30 March to 30 September, bookings can be made via the button below. We look forward to welcoming you again. 
Please read our conditions of entry for Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Other Information

Some established routes have been changed due to the completion of the Newhaven Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project. Please note that the fenced feral predator-free area is off-limits to visitors. Outside of this area, there is nearly 300 kilometres of tour routes to explore.