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This post states to use C10 on Googs Track. This is incorrect. DEH recommends the use of C18 on Googs. As well there should be more emphasis of the fact that DEH also recommend the track is travelled from South to North. There is a high chance of a coming together at the top of a dune on this track. Given that the track is only one vehicle wide any vehicle moving over is going to push down scrub and/or have a good chance of a puncture. As well a sand flag is a must
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:39

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:39
Channel 10 is the recognised 4x4 channel

Not sure what DEH is on about as CH 18 is the Caravanners Channel. Must be a typo

Didn't know that Googs was as popuar as the Simpson where there is a flood of traffic in the winter months. Sand flags are always important in dune country but the chance of meeting another vehicle on the same dune on Googs' Track is slim. Punctures? Well if you slow down to a crawl you should be able to avoid having them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:54

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:54
I think Goog Denton told people to use channel 18 because that was the channel he monitored on the property. There used to be a painted sign at Lone Oak telling travellers to use 18. I guess there aren't any caravans out there!
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Follow Up By: Big John (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:32

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:32
Don't be so sure there is no caravans on the googs track, check out the Kimberley Camper add in most 4x4 mags, there is a Kimberley Karavan parked beside the Mount Fink sign. Yes it is a photo of my Karavan. I can not remember what chanel we used but there was a sign with a recomended chanel at the southern end but I don't think there was one at the northen end, a flag is most certainally required as there is as many cars and trailers traveling south as there is going north (we travelled north) We have travelled most of he major Australian tracks and he Googs track is up there with the best, better than the Simpson but I am not a great Simpson fan.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:41

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 23:41
BJ

A Kimberly Karavan is just an expensive trailer.

The post was about which channel to use and who advocated what.Not about C(K)aravans :-)

What is so special about Googs?
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:19

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:19
"what is so special about Googs"
Well I have never travelled Googs, so it will be special to me. Sorry if Googs is not special to you Willem, though I guess it may have been before you traversed it.
Regards
Krakka
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 07:53

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 07:53
Krakka

What is your point?

Where did I say that Googs is not special to me?

I would like to know from BJ what he finds special about Googs Track. A simple question.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:46

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:46
Gday Rob,
Looks like they erroneously cut and pasted some stuff from the Simpson desert, when we know its on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert.

Cheers
phil
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Reply By: GypsyOne - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:13

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:13
I am planning on doing Googs Track in May but planned to do it in the from the north travelling south to Ceduna.

Is this possible or must one do it the opposite way?? I do have a flagpole and sand flag
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 13:16

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 13:16
Done it both ways and not a problem. Just take care for the possibility of traffic coming from the other direction....remote but possible you could meet one on the crest of a dune. I'd say to use a sand flag but it doesn't make you bullet proof. Dunes are not that big and it's possible to see ahead for a bit from the crests. Listen out on the radio for other traffic may help. Travel speeds are low so minimal possibility of a "big head on" unless you meet up with a bunch of wanna be rally drivers or bike riders who can travel a bit faster but also can get out of the way if need be.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 09:55

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 09:55
We always make sure that one of our vehicles has a good hand held UHF set on 'scan', this helps to monitor other vehicles in the close vicinity that may be using other than the recommended channel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 17:59

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 17:59
We have done it both ways and my choice would be Nth to Sth.
Last trip spent 3 nights, 1 at Finke 2 at the Lake, would go back there again, but probably spend most if not all of the time in the lake area.

Lots of birds and great views etc.

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Follow Up By: GypsyOne - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 08:31

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 08:31
Thank you Prickle....that is definitely the way I intend to do it as it will not fit into my trip otherwise & I would hate to miss out on the opportunity.

I will also deploy a second UHF in 'scan' mode as well & it goes without saying....both vehicles will run with sand flags.
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:50

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:50
There are no 'hard and fast' rules about which channel to use - only recommendations. Let common sense prevail !
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Reply By: patrolmann - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 11:18

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 11:18
Hi guys,
Having done the Googs two years ago and heading there in June this year again I believe travelling from the south to the north is the way to go. We came across another 4x4 at the top of a dune with no sand flag and we had to reverse and find a place to let them pass without doing any damage to the track and bush.
Can't remember what channel we used but they tell you when you get your park pass at Ceduna.
I think its a great place to go.
Cheers
Patrolman
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Reply By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 23:01

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 23:01
Hi Robak

Four Wheel Drive Victoria magazine Track Watch has a story on Googs track written by Mike Pavey.
It states in this info (fast facts for visitors) that ch18 is the chanel to use
cheers reggy2
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