Gawler Ranges and Googs Track
Depart Adelaide at the latest of 9am, then up the coast road to Pt. Germain, where we may have coffee and or early lunch at the Village coffee shop. We will take time to inspect and photograph Pt. Germain jetty, (arguably the once longest in Australia) old lighthouse and tidal clock before departing and travelling up through Pt. Germain Gorge, through historical Melrose and to Alligator Gorge. From this location it is our intent to travel through Wilmington and via Horrocks Pass to our nights accommodation at Highway One Motel in Pt. Augusta.
Departing Pt. Augusta we will travel to Iron Knob where upon a quick inspection you will easily recognise that the town is nothing of its former self, which was one of the great iron ore producing sites in SA. Moving forward will take the gravel road out in to the fabulous Gawler Ranges area. Stopping at the old Poondana station ruins for photographs and lunch before heading to our nights’ accommodation at Mt. Ives station.
After a short rest we will be able to travel out to the organ pipes (rhyolites) and Lake Gairdner for late afternoon and evening photos before heading back to Mt. Ives station for a late evening meal.
Some people may want to rise early for morning photos of organ pipes which is fine but may mean a longer day today. If not we will depart Mt. Ives making our way to “skull tank camp”. These types of tanks are indicative to the collection of water in the Gawler Ranges area(insert photo). Keep your eyes open for the wildlife including Euros, Wallabies, Red Kangaroos, Wombats, Bustards,(bush turkey) eagles, and an assortment of other fauna and flora in particular the Sturt Pea and Dampier Pea, if of course they are in season. We will continue travelling north to our destination and camp for the night at the historical Kingoonya Hotel. Here we shall have a country pub meal for dinner.
Leaving Kingoonya we will travel west to another historical and the almost ghost town of Tarcoola, before on Malbooma station and start heading south along the “Googs Track” where you will experience sand dune crossing for a number of kilometres and making for our camp spot in the “Googs Lakes” area. Along the way we can visit and climb Mt. Finke and also visit the memorials of Goog and Dinger Denton the builders of googs track. A campfire dinner and breakfast at this location
From the “Googs Lake” area will continue to travel east to the dog fence and then a short distance into Lake Everard Station to look at the “Childara Rockhole and Tank’. We will then travel down the dog fence and make our way onto Kondoolka Station , view the breadloaves (see photo above) and if time allows climb Mt. Wallaby and view the area from the top, before making our way to the station shearers quarters which are to be our nights accommodation.
Leave the station and travel into the Gawler Ranges National Park where will shall have lunch at “Kolay Mirila Falls” (seasonal) before moving on to “Old Paney Homestaed and the “Stone Dam’. (this area is full of organ pipes and if time permitting we can stop. ) Our next destination is the outstanding “Pildappa Rock” (insert photo) which is easily climbed before heading to our camp destination at Minnipa Hotel Motel, where another pub meal will be our evening meal
Unfortunately we must start making our way back home, but without a number of stops along the way. Perhaps you may want to inspect the granite monument at Wuddina, or perhaps a photo with the giant galah, or view the silo art and at Kimba, maybe an ice cream at Laura the home of Golden North ice cream or perhaps a red at Clare. All these destinations are certainly worthwhile stops.
7 Days. 6 nights.
$295 per person per day. Total cost $2065.
Minimum of 5 passengers.
Please Note: this is a budget shared accommodation and camping combo trek which will include breakfast, some camp cooking and pub meals. All accommodation and meals can be upgraded if available for additional cost.
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