Starting from the southern end of Sleaford Mere off Sleaford Road, Lincoln National Park, this walk takes you to the main park entrance. This moderately challenging bushwalk initially winds along the shoreline of Sleaford Mere, a picturesque permanent saline lake named by Matthew Flinders in 1802, then follows a trail through shrubland to the main park entrance. The lake provides feeding habitat for numerous waterbird species, including the chestnut teal, and fosters an environment that allows microscopic organisms to form stromatolites, which can be seen along the water's edge. The walk is part of the Investigator Trail, a long-distance walking trail consisting of several shorter connected trails within Lincoln National Park. This walk consists of wide, mostly flat walking trails and fire tracks, with compacted natural surfaces, suitable for average fitness levels, and can be done in either direction. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.