Tasmania to Googs Track (South Australia)
Sept 2008

Kingoonya to Dig Tree     Innaminka to Murray River

Googs track was put in by Goog Denton and his family, beginning in 1973. The first section to Googs Lake was dead simple, but one dune shortly after leaving the lake took us 6 tries to go over. We had let the tyres down to 20psi at the beginning of the track, but let them down to 15psi for the rest. We stayed in low ratio 4WD for the whole length of the track. To get to Ceduna and the start of the track we came over to the mainland on the Spirit of Tasmania overnight ferry, and along the Great Ocean road. We camped at one of our favourite places at Mambray Creek NP just before Port Augusta. We nearly always have at least one night here on our way to the Outback, or on the way home - a very relaxing peaceful well managed National Park.

Googs track starts at Ceduna and ends at the Trans Australia Railway Line (and the Dog fence) where we turned right to Kingoonya for a cider at the friendly pub, before moving on to Glendambo on the main north south highway (Stuart H'way) to fill up with LPG. For this trip we had 75 litres of  LPG in the tank, a 125 litre petrol tank, and three 20 litre jerry cans of petrol. The plan was to run on LPG whenever we could (cheaper) and use unleaded petrol when that wasn't avaiable - which it quite often isn't in the remoter parts of the outback. All the petrol cans and tank had been filled with the cheapest petrol we could find in the city before heading bush.

Sunrise from our cabin on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry - approaching Melbourne.

Lunch break along the Great Ocean road - lots of Koalas in nearby trees.

Yambuk Lake (Victoria) - campsite was a bit exposed to the wind - but a well cared for area.

Part of the play equipment - big slide.

Mambray Creek National Park - stayed two nights to repair torn tent cover - getting very old and rotten.

Detoured up into the Gawler Ranges, a lovely quiet spot at Kolay Hut.

Climbed the nearby hill to look down on the campsite.

Kolay Mirica falls (without the water).

An inclement start to the day.

A beautifully restored homestead  - Pondanna Outstation.

Had gone over very many sand dunes to get to Googs Lake to camp for the night - fairly windy so not inclined to stay longer.

Plaques commemorating Goog and his son Dinger - the trees around here were impregnated with coins.

Googs Lake.

Sunrise over Googs Lake.

Elli sketching and painting.

The lake was mainly dry.

Googs Track.

Camped at Mt Finke - still very windy.

Sunrise from the slopes of Mt Finke.

The northen end of the track.

Kingoonya to Dig Tree     Innaminka to Murray River

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