Glendambo to Wirrulla

Hello all. I'm trying to find a route from Glendambo in SA to Ceduna. Looking on my map, I can head east about 35 Kms then head south from Kingoonya which should come out at Wirrulla. Can anyone tell me the name of that road/track ?. Secondly, I wil be travelling on a dual sport bike and was wondering what sort of conditions I could expect if If I decide to head this way. I have been told that it is quite doable on the bike but need to get more information. Thanks. Grant
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 20:48

Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 20:48
You could consider going over further to Maloomba for a nice run down Goog's track to Ceduna. Fuel may be an issue and some sand dunes to cross but easy on a bike. Plenty written on this site about Goog's track. Cheers, Leigh
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:23

Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:23
Hi Grant, yes that is the road – Kingoonya Road. We went though in 2006 and found it quite corrugated until the farming area near Wirrulla where it was better maintained. Daughter and husband went through that way some years before in a company car (which shouldn’t have gone that far on holiday use) and found no problems for a sedan. Quite a pleasant route all the same.


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Reply By: Member - Charlie M (SA) - Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:27

Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:27
That way is dirt road only and rough in places. Is your bike motor or pedal ?.
If it is pedal that would be the only way to go, and not via goog's track.
Look at outback roads maps from Transport SA, Gawler Ranges will be the area.

Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: grunta1970 - Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:59

Friday, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:59
Sorry, should have said, it's a dual sport mootorbike
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Reply By: grant t1 - Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 08:34

Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 08:34
You dont say what bike you have. The road is virtually the main road from Glendambo to Iron Knob. Conditions change from fast flat to gravelly loose dirt,watch out for camels(same colour as the road),petrol at Mt Ives veer right after that to Ceduna direction. There is no help along that stretch if you decide to break down,carry water and a 2 way cb..if it rains,bring a tent and wait as it can turn muddy and can become exciting if you have road tyres on. If you wait a few weeks camp at the speed trials (like Bonneville) along the way and watch competitors booming across Lake Gairdner for a full week..very interesting.
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Reply By: Priscilla G - Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 09:48

Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 09:48
Remember this area is remote with no water or fuel.Check weather conditions as summer is extremely hot & roads are closed after rain.Great drive in Sept/Oct.The Kingoonya end 0f the road can often have really bad corregations but the rest is OK.THere is little caravan park at Wirrulla where you will be able to have a nice hot shower & a great meal at the hotel at the end of your journey.The shop is also well stocked.
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 14:16

Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 14:16
In August last year we went down that way. Where the road branches to go to Lake Everard to the right (west) and Moonaree to the left (east), we took the left branch toward Moonaree, mainly to get off the corrugations and away from traffic.

Camped at the southern end of Lake Gairdner - camp ground is signposted and it's a nice one.

Then via Thurlga and the Gawler Ranges NP to Minnipa. Great camping and 4WD (motorbike?) exploring to be done in the NP, and also camping at Pildappa Rock (turn-off about 15km north of Minnipa). There are two loops in the Gawler Ranges NP, each about 100km, and both worthwhile doing. There are a number of campsites on each loop.

Fuel might be an issue for a motor bike - if you plan on exploring the Gawler Ranges NP you'll probably need to divert to Mt Ive for fuel first.

Carry plenty of water. I don't recall seeing any lying about in August. It might pay to check with SA Nat Parks re water at Paney (in Gawler Ra NP) or its outbuildings - one outlying cottage has been restored and was available for rent and you might be able to get water there.

Oh, I recall now as I write, there is a Stone Dam that is one of the things to see not too far from the old Paney homestead. That dam has permanent water, but definitely boil/purify/filter first.




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Reply By: Pouchey - Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 15:41

Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 15:41

link below will give you up to date road conditions for the area as in closed or open. We went from Wudinna through the Gawler Ranges NP up past Moonarie Station to Kingoonya in Oct 2010 & the road would have been fine for a motor bike. If you are coming out at Wirrullla you will be on a different track to the one we took but I would suggest it will be of a simmilar condition.

Gawler Ranges tracks
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Reply By: grunta1970 - Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 20:38

Saturday, Jan 07, 2012 at 20:38
I don't want to sound all soft and gooey, but even after several years of using forums of various kinds, It still makes me feel good that I can ask a fairly basic question about something and people go out of their way to give the info I'm after..and so much more, totalling invaluable, thanks so much.

So, after my chocolates and roses speech, I don't want to get flamed for this. Im heading off on my trip in February, leaving from Perth, heading through the great central road to Uluru, Alice Springs, down towards the Southern Coast, Esperance, then around the South West back to Perth.

I know it will be extremely hot, and on the GCR it will possibly be wet also. Fingers crossed that I get a good window of 3 days weather for that part. Fuel for that part of the trip won't be a problem. Tank range is about 340km plus I have a rotopax 4litre reserve attached to the rack. It's seems that for the SA section that may not be enough so may need to strap on a disposable 4litre can for that section. I have a medium level of mechanical nous, hopefully that won't have to come into play. I will be travelling with all the required tool, tubes, etc. I will also be carrying a PLB. From practice packs It seems that I have the ability to carry about 7litres of water comfortably. Forgot to say, my bike is a BMW f800gs.

I have done other long trips on the bike, mainly up to the Kimberley. So while I have done hot, off road, semi remote before, I realise that this is a different kettle of fish. Foolish?, with proper planning and common sense I think it should be fine.. Grant

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