Flinders Ranges to Streaky Bay South Australia.
Jane and I joined the group from New Triton on the Flinders Ranges trip during the Easter long weekend. The Tour went from the Wednesday till when we departed to start our westward journey. A full trip report with pics can be found here;
I will begin this trip report from Arkaroola and document our adventure north to Farina, across to Andamooka, then down the 'Googs Track' to Ceduna and then on to Streaky Bay.
The Flinders Ranges were fantastic. The recent rains through the area had done wonders and to see the area lush and green was truly spectacular. After doing a morning of 4wd tracks with the guys we made our way south to Copley then up to Lyndhurst.
From Copley we travelled north to Lyndhurst to refuel. As we approached the Leigh Creek Coal field we noticed there were a lot of Hawks circling in the sky above a ford in the road. There were hundreds of fish trying to cross the shallow causeway. The hawks were picking them off one by one as they made the impossible journey.
We decided to stay in Farina for the night. The town was settled in the late 1800’s with huge plans. There were 400 odd ¼ acre blocks to be sub divided though with problems with water and the moving of the railway line the town died a slow death. There is great bush camping on site at the station complete with a ‘donkey’ heated shower and flushing toilets.
The next morning we pushed west through Mulgaria Station over the top of Lake Torrens to Andermooka. The road conditions were quite poor. The track was in desperate need of repair as the recent rains had caused sections of track to be totally washed away. It took us over five hours to travel 150kms.
Goyders Survey point
The scenery was amazing and the flies were friendly.
There were many sites along the way and we could have taken a lot longer to stop and explore this ever changing landscape.
We arrived in the Opal mining town of Andamooka just on dusk. The last stint had put us slightly behind so after a quick pint at the hotel we pushed on down the thirty odd kms of blacktop to Roxby Downs for the night. The next morning after a refuel and top up shop we journeyed South to Purple Downs before the swing back up North to Parakylia, Billa Kalina, Mount Eba, Mount Vivian then on to Kingoonya.
This stint would take us through the Woomera Prohibited Area and along the ‘Dog Fence’. On the whole the track conditions were great and we averaged around 80km/k which were a welcome change from the 40kmp/h we had endured the day before.