Googs Track

G'day all, Planning to do Googs Track from North to South in August. Looking for ideas on how to get to Kingoonya from Pt Augusta and not really interested in the bitumen option to Glendambo. What way have all you forumites arrived at Kingoonya to get to Googs.

Thanks for all your advice.
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Reply By:- Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 15:50

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 15:50
make sure you have a sand flag up ;it is very important to do this; i travelled googs track last year about this time from south to north;had flag up and uhf on;nearly had a headon bingle with a guy going north to south ;he had no flag up or uhf; frightened the hell out of me;otherwise a good trip enjoy barry
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:54

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:54
Thanks. Always carry a sand flag. Know what you mean with the head on. Always have to keep alert for oncoming traffic
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Reply By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:26

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:26
Des, last year from Port Augusta we turned off Eyre Hwy at Iron Knob, to Mt Ive for night, then through Gawler Ranges NP (1 night), then out and around west side of Lake Acraman. In Sept it was v.nice country to travel through, Desert pea / wild flowers out. Made top of Googs for 3rd night (bit too long day). Googs Lake on the fourth and Ceduna for late lunch day after that. Really nice trip. Our first Googs trip going south. No drama's, passed numerous vehicles going north. We had flag, radioed ahead every half hour, used care. Nice aspect was saying hullo to all the northbound vehicles on Googs. Found also that we did a fair bit of useful track repair on south side of dunes. We did a quick trip but you could spend extra time at Mt Ive, in the NP, at Mt Finke. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:58

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:58
Thanks JD I was looking at that option and just looking for others just in case. LOL
Looking at your Rig Pic, had you had the rain when you were out there or was the rain beforehand.
Looking forward to seeing the wildflowers too.
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Follow Up By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:21

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 17:21
Des, we had 25mm of rain as we entered Googs late afternoon (mid 30 deg day too - weird) - packed up in rain next morning and then it cleared about lunch. Had brown out due to stretches of water already on the road - twice, once through NP and once in stretch west of L/Acraman. Enjoy
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 18:38
Gday Des and JD,
Just to add we called into Lake Gairdner (PAR) last year - do the climb up the hill at the end of the track - great views from there and you were able to camp there too. Heres a bit of the Westprint map - couldn't find this PAR on the Hema.
PS Des, Hope you're enjoying the TVan - ours has had a good workout over the past 3 weeks in Central Aus - looks like it will be with us a while. Cheers phil
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:29

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:29
Thanks Phil, will do the walk. haven't had a trip longer than a weekend yet but have done a few short trips. All is going very well with it. Spending 2 weeks on Googs and West Coast to Coffin Bay during August.
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Follow Up By: True Blue - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 12:16

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 12:16
'jdwynn' thanks for the inspiration.

We are planning on doing Googs from North to South in October, but we, with very little knowledge of the area, was deciding to go up the black top from Port Augusta to Glendambo and down Googs from there.

We hadn't given a thought to heading up to Kingoonya via the dirt.

So I have a question. Due to our time restraints, due you think it reasonable to travel from say Kimba (Eyre Hwy) to Kingoonya in one day. I fully realise that this short duration would not do the area justice and I appreciate that, but perhaps seeing it for one day is better than not at all. Or should we alter our trip to enable us to spend more time in this area. We plan on spending at least 2-3 days on Googs and another 3 on Eyre Peninsula. Like I said, we have time restraints.

Any thoughts?

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 15:04

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 15:04
Wayne,
You'll easily do Kimba to Kingoonya in a day - its a good graded 80kph gravel road. Fuel is available at Kingoonya and at a cheaper price than Glendambo.
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Follow Up By: True Blue - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 15:13

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 15:13
Thanks Phil.

Looking forward to the trip very much.

Cheers and thanks again,

Wayne.

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Follow Up By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 20:54

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 20:54
Gee I'm starting to want to do a trip up there again!!

For interest, my second profile photo is from hill off PAR that Phil referred to. One of my favourite photos. Surreal

If its any use, we camped in native pine forest (what the name again??) about (??) 60km south of Kingoonya. Beaut camp spot, out of site of road.

Enjoy
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Reply By: Member - Leon A (SA) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 21:31

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 21:31
Is much of the track within national park? My four legged mate comes everywhere we go and we would like to do this track, but if he can't go we will go some where else.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:18

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:18
Gday Leon,
Its almost all within the Yellabinna Regional Reserve, Yumbarra Conservation Park and the Yellabinna Wilderness Zone, so no pets.
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Reply By: Member - John G (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 11:31

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 11:31
A group of us (3 vehicles 9 guys) are doing the Googs Track starting 2 Aug 10 to 6 Aug 10 South to North. Des we all have flags when are you making your trip?
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 12:14

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 12:14
John, We aren't leaving until the 6th so may not see you. Possibly staying at Mt Ive or further north towards Kingoonya.
Driving a Maroon 100 Series with a Tvan in tow.
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