Following coast Nullabor to Fowlers Bay

Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 08:31
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EO and other maps show a track that is on the coast from about 50km west of Nullabor, most of the way to about Fowlers Bay. There are a few gaps and areas that would need to go north or to the main road, but has anyone done this section of track as a trip for a week or so?
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 08:42

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 08:42
Hi Tony

We tried a few years ago with no success.

From Dog Fence Beach, we tried to follow tracks east that showed on Topo maps but they disappeared within a few kilometres from the ever shifting sand.

Someone may have been out there since, but while you are in Fowlers Bay, May sure you check out the site of the original Yalata Homestead and the cemetery there.


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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 09:11

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 09:11
I reckon we have driven south from Red Gate Tank then all the way east, but about 25 years ago, so the details are a bit sketchy. Lots of sand . We were in an F350 4WD camper. Was a popular area for mulloway fishing.
You need a permit from Yalata.
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Reply By: Rob A2 - Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 11:25

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 11:25
Wouldn't suggest it at all. There's a deal of fences with locked gates in some spots and from my memory of trying it a few years back, dead ends all over the place. As well those beaches, where you can get to them, are treacherous. So being solo and bogged is not my choice of options.

There's a few fisho tracks from the highway that are mostly well overgrown in places but if you want to have a poke around worth a try at any rate

As well the Yalata mob own a lot of that area all the way from the highway to the coastline and I have no idea of there may be a permit or not

Your best bet is to ring the Ceduna VIC and see if they can help. They're a great source of local knowledge

Rob
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 17:34

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 17:34
Clearly, things will be different from when we were there 25 +/- years ago, but we never got bogged. There are very few places that we could actually drive onto the beach, mostly there was a low dune in between. Nor do I recall a single gate.
We travelled as a single vehicle, but I was younger then :)

More recently we contacted Yalata to come in to their patch from the north and transit their land. No problem at all, very prompt and no charge.
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Peter
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 18:51

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 at 18:51
Have you watched the 4x4 Australia Great Australian Bight Expedition video on Youtube? They supposedly went from Esperance to Ceduna via the coast where possible, they might have some tips towards the end of the video? I can't recall.
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Follow Up By: Rob A2 - Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 at 10:50

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 at 10:50
I have a copy of that video plus direct contact with a group who attempted a similiar trip this year. They did not have an easy time of it due to the very soft sand on long stretches of what beach you may be able to get to. Making days of frequent recoveries. One day I was told they travelled around 30km and did over 50 recoveries.

This link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQCoKBCiayA takes you to one of the 4x4 Australia video clips. Plus if you look a that page you will see a few others as well

The guys at 4WD action also did something similar in their last episode-2018 I recollect. Having done a few legs of this from the West I an assure you it is not something to undertake lightly and alone. Over a lot of the beach running there are very few exits, plenty of seaweed that is metres deep and some challenging sand and tides. Just to start with. As well you can't get past Head of Bight so there is still plenty of bush pinstripe inducing scrub to negotiate which also has lots of sharp dry timber on the ground just waiting to test your sidewalls.

Yes by all means the fishing tracks that wind their way down to several points along the GAB are certainly worth the effort for the views. But these tracks are narrow and if you are towing can prove problematic. If a fire happens in that scrub a quick exit could be hard to find.

Rob
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Dec 20, 2019 at 14:58

Friday, Dec 20, 2019 at 14:58
Sounds fun.
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Monday, Dec 23, 2019 at 14:34

Monday, Dec 23, 2019 at 14:34
Hey booboo
Make sure you camp at Cheetima beach while you’re down that way, great spot.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Dec 23, 2019 at 16:07

Monday, Dec 23, 2019 at 16:07
And Mexican Hat.

Or anywhere in between....
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Peter
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