If you’re pining for a fair dinkum outback adventure through the wilds of South Oz, then a mission out to Ceduna’s sandy surrounds, and perhaps inland to conquer Googs Track, could be right up your alley.
Goops Track is the 4WDing highlight in the region, and runs from Ceduna all the way up to Glendambo and boasts more than 300 dunes en route.
It’s a proper remote outback adventure with plenty of thrills and spills along the way. The terrain is best suited to high clearance 4WDs and it’s always wise to travel in convoy with at least one other vehicle due to the remote location of the track.
While the track itself takes between two and three days for most 4WDers to accomplish, you’re looking at a minimum of a full day of travel time out of Adelaide at the beginning and end of your journey, so you’ll want to square away a week’s worth of annual leave to do this trip justice.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: The track itself stretches for just over 200km although most visitors spend extra time exploring the surrounding country.
Visitors are advised to tackle the track from south to north of from Ceduna to Malbooma as the endless dunes can only be safely driven from this angle.
GOOGS LAKES are a series of salt lakes that are located off Googs Track. Vast saltpans are formed as water evaporates as quickly as the basins are filled; creating an eerie landscape that presents some ripper photo opportunities.
LOCATION: The start point of the track is at Ceduna, 775km northwest of Adelaide and around eight hours drive from the capital.
The finishing point at Glandambo is around 600km from Adelaide, so visitors need to factor these considerable distances into their travel plans.
CAMPING is available at Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park, Googs Lake Camping Area, Mt Finke and Kingoonya.
FUEL is available at Ceduna, Glandambo and Kingoonya. Visitors need to be aware that no fuel or water is available for over 300km between Ceduna and Glandambo and must be entirely self-sufficient.
MORE INFO is available at www.ceduna.sa.gov.au or by phoning the Ceduna Visitor Information centre on (08) 8625 3343.