Bullfinch to Goongarrie Station Trek

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 17:27
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Hi, Me and a Mate are doing this trek from Bullfinch to Goongarrie Station through part of the Great Western Woodlands and near the Mount Manning Nature Reserve on the Anzac long weekend, just wondering if anyone that has done this trek can give me any information, track conditions, camp sites or any other handy hints would be much appreciated.

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Cozzie
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Reply By: allein m - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 17:49

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 17:49
I did that trip i 1970s in a old landrover with some friends who were into rock collecting sorry cannot help you with upto date info but thank you for bringing back some good memories, what is the Colorado like as a off road vehicle have you done any modifications to it? thank you again
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Follow Up By: Member - Cozzie (WA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:37

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:37
Cheers mate, the Colorado has be a very good off road vehicle and yes it has had a few mods done to it
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Reply By: equinox - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 18:35

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 18:35
Is that the Gus Luck Track?
Always wanted to do that one.


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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 21:48

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 21:48
no thats from yellowdine heading NE
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 22:01

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 22:01
gus luk track
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Follow Up By: Member - Cozzie (WA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:39

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:39
Cheers for the info the Gus Luck track has just gone on the to do list.
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Reply By: Rod W - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 20:34

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 20:34
Track - super highways.Camp anywhere you want to.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 21:51

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 21:51
been a couple of years since i last did it, and yes its changed a bit, that area used to be as remote as anything people would drive a few 000k for - its still well possible to get right out there by taking the tracks out from there
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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 01:30

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 01:30
Hi Cozzie

I just drove up to Mt Jackson area over easter from Bullfinch. Sat on 80km/h to 100km/h the road was that good. I think it had been just graded a few weeks before.

I did not go any further but there are a lot of mines working out that way and it gets pretty regular traffic.

When you leave Bullfinch you can take either the Mt Jackson road or the Evanston road. The Mt Jackson one is a bit rougher and has not been graded and you will need to cross 3 salt pans - my friends took this route and nearly got stuck with some tricky sideways driving with full diff lockers.

I went the Evanston road after getting the call. Very easy.

You can get full mobile reception at the old abandon Mt Jackson homestead.

After that I don't know.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cozzie (WA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:49

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 08:49
Thanks for the info Serendipity, the Evanston road is the one we are planing on taking and thanks for the heads up on the salt pans, I'm not big on getting stuck ...especially in a salt pan.

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Cozzie
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 16:03

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 16:03
Hi Cozzie was out that neck of the woods over the March LWE and headed over to the Helena & Aurora Ranges. The tracks we encountetred were in excellent condition with many better than the Grt Eastern Hwy (which doesn't take much I know). Be mindfull though if there is any rain, puddles will soon form and the clay turns to slush. One of our party got stuck going through such a puddle and had to winch himself out. I almost came unstuck twice & subsequently when we saw a puddle across the track we headed bush around it.

Beautiful countryside and the vistas ever changing shame about the extent of mining in the area though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Cozzie (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 16:58

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 16:58
Thanks for the info Dunc, much appreciated.
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 18:25

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 18:25
No formal campsites. Helena and Aurora Ranges are a good place to camp.

Also further north near Yowie Rocks. Plenty of bushland left, just pick a nice spot.

http://helenaaurorarange.com.au is a useful site for information

Tim
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Follow Up By: Member - Cozzie (WA) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:52

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:52
Thanks for the link Tim, looks good
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 13:19

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 13:19
We are also looking at doing this one, we take delivery of our new camper trailer next month and plan to go away for 2 weeks in JUne.

I was looking at doing this track and then hooking up to the Goldfields Loop.

Any chance you can let me know how it goes and what campsites you find along the way?
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