Flinders Ranges

Submitted: Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:28
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My buddy and I are planning a sojourn in the Flinders Ranges in April/May as part of a motorcycle trip through SA and NT and then back to Vic. An area I have little information on is the Gammon Ranges. From what I've read of the posts, it appears this is pretty rough going.

We are travelling on a couple of enduro bikes but I just wanted to get an idea from those more experienced as to whether these areas are suitable for motorcycles. In particular, the track from Wirrealpa and up to Arkaroola Village and then from Balcanoona through to Copley.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Reply By: desert - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:10

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:10
I'mnot a biker, but I can't see ant problem with any of the roads. The usual gravel,washouts and ball-bearings like any out-back road.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:00

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:00
have seen plenty of bikers id when we are up there
even to the point they disobey "no entry" signs while a feral pest cull is happening
if you do go in make sure you dont go in via obscure entry points ie overland...use usual entry points....the shooters dont want to shoot you ..but...bikers on the move might be tempting...lol lol

no seriously ...use normal park entry points...not your own

bikes will get around the gammons ok...just watch the bull dust ...2 or 3 heavy locations with a few small ones elsewhere
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Reply By: Member - Camper (SA) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:05

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:05
When we were there 2yrs ago a guy on a BMW touring bike was quite comfortable and on his way further noryh. The main roads in are great going you should have no trouble. Bush roads around the park are a different story.
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Reply By: Barnesy - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:39

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:39
Agree with the above responses. Have seen several motorcyclists the few times I've been around Arkaroola.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 09:52

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 09:52
You should have no problems on the roads you are talking about. Plenty of Commodes (spelling intentioanal) and the like seen in Arkaroola.

The only caution I would suggest is to keep your tank full. Don't know what sort of range you have on the bikes but you don't get a servo every couple of k's in that part of the world.

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Follow Up By: Barnesy - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 00:09

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2006 at 00:09
I once took a 1984 Toyota Corona to Arkaroola. Very rough ride and slow. Had to leave after 1 day as rain was coming and on a muddy road I wouldn't have gotten very far down the road.
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