Iron Knob S.A. to My Ive Station

Submitted: Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 17:40
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G'Day
Anyone driven this road recently..??
Wondering what sort of timeframe to allow.
Google says 5:15 to drive the 126 Km. That works out around 25kph average speed....seems very slow to me.
We managed similar speeds recently in the Vic High Country..!! The corugations must be awful.. ..
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Rob
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Reply By: Member - Don & Kathie M (TAS) - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:08

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:08
This time last year it took us just under 2 hours.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:21

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:21
I think the 5 hrs is via the wudinna bakery ...... MMM very tasty :-)))
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Follow Up By: Member - Charlie M (SA) - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:25

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:25
Darn good bakery as well, going west have to stop there, going to Adelaide, have to stop at Kiplings in Port Wakefield as well. lol.
Sorry for off track.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 07:28

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 07:28
P.S don't underestimate the slipperiness of these roads when wet .
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:52

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:52
Google maps times for off the blacktop are a little over the top most times :)
If not in a hurry, do yourself a favour, go a bit further to Kimba, up to Buckleboo Hall, then west and do a drive down Buckleboo Stock Route, Corrobinnie Rock, through and up to Mt Ive should be possible via just north of Wudinna (where you exit Buckleboo Stock Route), and up via Mt Sturt / Sturts Tk which is where the Gawler Ranges NP boundary is in the south.
Great camping at Pildappa Rock on the way up too.
The springs on top of Pildappa Rock are spring fed, permanent.
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Follow Up By: Robert D1 (SA) - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 21:29

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 21:29
Was originally planning to camp & Pildappa Rock, then continue on to Maralinga - but the Maralinga side of things didn't work out.
So now its Mt Ive Station. Thanks for the tips - will bear them in mind.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 08:07

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 08:07
Can recommend a look at Lake Gairdner, esp at dawn or dusk. Sensational.

Can be accessed from Mt Ive's property - ask for a key.
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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 17:34

Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 17:34
The key will cost you $60 as I recall. And that is just to hire it. You have to give it back. Other dives on the station were free last year.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 22:51

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 22:51
I don't recall our times - too many years ago but it was normal speed for a maintained unsealed road at the time. It was closed a few days or so ago following rain, now open with 'drive to the conditions'.
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Reply By: Outback Epicurean - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 09:14

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 09:14
Went through there last September. Easy drive if dry. Couple of hours. Mt Ive great spot to camp with good sightseeing and drives. Gawler ranges has many great camping spots so plan at least 3-4 days to look around
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Reply By: phantom - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 11:25

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 11:25
Hi Rob,
We did the drive late Feb for Speed Week. Took 1.5 hours averaging 80kph towing a camper. Some corrugations and bull dust but generally pretty good. Definitely not a 5 hour trip....
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Follow Up By: Robert D1 (SA) - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 15:59

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 15:59
Thanks - that's more what I expected.
1 & a half to 2 hours..!!
But - always good to ask before heading out.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 15:23

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 15:23
According to either the ExplorOz Gawler Ranges Trek Note that section will take 1 hr 43. You can create this section as a private trek in our app ExplorOz Traveller by bringing up the Gawler Ranges Trek then deleting the points that you don't need - that's how I got the result. This screen shot shows the result but using the latest update of the app (soon to be released) so the layout of the nav screen has a little more detail including driving time.



NOTE: one of the big features of the ExplorOz Trek notes (whether you use them online on our site, or offline in our app, is that we have the recorded plot files for true driving times - does not rely on Google driving directions so is accurate.
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Reply By: Old 55 - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 13:22

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 13:22
Drove the road a month ago to Mt Ive from Wirrulla with standard road Caravan and took us about 3 hours. Lots of bulldust but road was good. Did the Gawler Ranges next couple of days then drove Mount Ive to Iron Knob and was about 2 hours and road was in good condition {grader was working sections of it} except the last stretch from Nonning into Iron Knob. Grader should have finished that section by now.

Great country but would be different if it rained.
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Reply By: Member - KenD - Monday, May 08, 2017 at 02:08

Monday, May 08, 2017 at 02:08
Hey Rob
Did it 2 weeks ago. 2 easy hours and the road in good nick. It had dried after recent rains when it had been closed for a short time. Pull up at the phone box and drop a couple of bucks in the flying doctor tin.
Highly recommend Mt Ive. Good people and some good drives. Lake Gairdner visit was well worth the cost and the drive. A scrambly drive up to the summit of Mt Ive gives a wonderful 360 deg vista.
Enjoy!
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Reply By: Stone Stomper - Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 07:13

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 07:13
We did it in the school holidays with our parents and took around 2.5 hours towing in dry weather.

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