The town of Murrayville, with a population of about 350, is situated on the Mallee Highway 22 kilometers from the South Australian Border and 20 kilometers from the Kow Plains Homestead. To the north of the town is the Murray Sunset National park and to the South the Big Desert State park; Murrayville is an ideal place to stay and explore the wonders of the Mallee. July to early November is the best time to view the many wild flowers that can be seen along the Mallee Highway and side roads.
Settlement of the Murrayville District began from the South Australian border in 1908 and the eastern side in 1911. In an area of low rainfall Murrayville is fortunate in having good underground water. The district has always been predominately a grain growing and sheep area but recent years have seen farming enterprises such as olives, goats, permaculture and potatoes become part of the rural scene.
The first town blocks were auctioned at No1 Bore, Panitya on the 6th June 1910 and the development of the town began soon after.
Murrayville relies on its rural sector but tourism is becoming more important as four wheel drivers, naturalists and visitors discover what the Mallee has to offer.
Large fires raged through 180,000 hectares of the Big Desert before Christmas 2002, many of the favourite spots were burnt. Heavy rains of over 2 inches fell on the 20th February 2003, but because of two dry seasons, the re-growth was slow. Never the less there was a good display of wildflowers during September 2005 .
The wildflowers were very good in 2007 and again in 2010, but there were very few orchids
Take the Murrayville Historic Walk around the town and admire the old shop fronts. View the window in what was Nana’s Deli and the display of antiques from the Murrayville Museum. Interpretive signs have been erected where shops and halls once stood and where commemorative trees were planted in honour of the men from the district who served in the 1914-18 War.
The Murrayville Museum established 2004 is housed in the old Buffalo Lodge Building at the corner of Gray Street & Sharrock Street. The museum houses a collection of items which give a picture of the development of the district.
The Museum is open on the first Sunday of each month between 2 & 4 pm
Pine Hill Walk Collect a leaflet on Pine Hill Walk and the Flora Reserve from the box near the craft shop and if time permits take a leisurely walk.
The following is a list of plants that can be found on the walk
|Mulga Acacia brachybotrya||Hakea Wattle Acacia hakeoides|
|Small Cooba Acacia ligulata||Umbrella Wattle Acacia Osswaldii|
|Hard-leaf Wattle Acacia sclerophylla||Bladder Salt bush Atriplex vesicara|
|Turpentine Bush Beyeria lechenaultii||Sweet Appleberry Billardiera cymosa|
|Variable Daisy Brachyscome ciliaris||Scrub Cypress Pine Callitris preissi|
|Desert Cassia Cassia nemophila||Dodder Cassytha melantha|
|Small-leaf Clematis Clematis microphylla||Common Billy-button Craspedia glauca|
|Black Anther Lily Dianella revoluta||Desert Hop Dodonaea stenozya|
|Narrow Leaf Hop Dodonaea viscosa||Ruby Salt Bush Enchylaena tomentosa|
|Common Emu Bush Eremophila glabra||Dumosa Mallee Eucalyptus dumosa|
|White Mallee Eucalyptus gracilis||Slender Leaf Mallee Eucalyptus foecunda|
|Satin Everlasting Helichrysum leucapsidum||Creamy Honey Myrtle Melaleuca acuminata|
|Moonah Melaleua lanceolata||Showy Daisy Bush Olearia pimeloides|
|Mueller Daisy Bush Olearia mueller||Weeping Pittosporum Pittosporum phylliraeoides|
|Podolepis Podolepis||Rabbit Tails Psilotus seminudus|
|Midget Greenhood Pterostylis mutica||Prickly Salt Bush Salsola kali|
|Sweet Quandong Santalum acuminata||Camel Bush Teucrium sessiliflorum|
|Scented Sun-orchid Thelymitra nuda||Common Sunray Triptilodiscus pygmaeus|
|Wooly New Holland Daisy Vittadinia cuneata||StiffWestringia Westringia rigida|
|Early Nancy Wurmbea dioica||Shrubby Twin-leaf Zygophyllum aurantiacum|
|Pale Twin-leaf Zygophyllum glaucum|
Desert cassia, Early Nancy, Sweet Appleberry, Podoleps
The following is a list of Birds that have been observed between 1998 and 2002 by Raymond Brereton and Rodney Thurlow. Most of these bird can be observed throughout the Mallee, along roadsides and in gardens and bush land.
|Chough – White winged||Cockatoo-Pink|
|Frogmouth – Tawny||Galah|
|Goshawk – Brown||Lorikeet – Purple crowned|
|Honeyeater – New Holland||Honeyeater – Spiny Cheeked|
|Honeyeater- Yellow plumed||Kestrel-Australian|
|Magpie Australian||Magpie Lark|
|Martin – Tree||Miner – Noisy|
|Nightjar – Australian Owlet||Owl – Barn|
|Owl – Boobook||Parrot- Blue Bonnet|
|Parrot- Mallee Ringneck||Parrot -Mulga|
|Parrot – Red-rumped||Parrot-Regent|
|Pigeon -Common Bonzewing||Pigeon- Crested|
|Robin – Hooded||Robin – Red capped|
|Swallow – Welcome||Sparrowhawk – Collared|
|Thrush -Grey Shrike||Tree Creeper – Brown|
|Wagtail – Willy||Wattlebird – Red|
|Whistler -Golden||Whistler – Rufous|
|Woodswallow – Dusky||Woodswallow Masked|
|Woodswallow – Whitebrowed||Wren -Fairy Splendid|
|Wren -Fairy Variegated||Kite- black shouldered|
(situated at the west end of town)
Approximately 65 species of plants have been identified in this area. The following are an example of ones flowering in the Spring .
A controlled burn was carried out at this reserve in May 2010
A large information board at Lions park shows maps and places of interest around the district
Information boards in the Gazebo opposite the Take Away on the Highway tell of the history of the town and show pictures of the Flora & Fauna of the Big Desert and list plants that can be seen on the Pine Hill Walk and in the Flora Reserve.