Mt Finke Views

 

Googs Track 

 

The Track

Red and white sand hills, pink and white salt lakes, mallee scrub, blue skies and plenty of remote camping.  Googs Track is a wonderful short 4WD track which runs north from Ceduna.  Although it is less than 200km in length, it is nevertheless an excellent outback experience.  The track traverses Yumbarra Conservation Reserve and Yellabinna Regional Reserve and the environment is pristine and protected.

White Sand Hill

Googs Lake Camping

The beginning of the track lies almost due north of Ceduna.  It is recommended that all vehicles travel the track from the south to minimise the risk of collision on the sandy crests.  UHF radios and a safety flag are also highly recommended.  There are no facilities along the track, so go prepared with adequate water, food and fuel.  Reducing tyre pressure for the length of the track will help to keep it in good condition for other travellers. 

The southern section rises and falls with the white sand ridges of the area, cutting through arid mallee scrub on either side.  To the north the ridges become redder, but the mallee still prevails with Mt Finke offering a surprising contrast in colour and terrain.  There are superb camping spots around Googs Lake and near Mt Finke, but there are many other suitable clearings along the length of the track.  Camping permits are required and can be obtained in Ceduna.  Please contact the Department for Environment in Ceduna on 08 8625 3144

Googs Lake Sunset

Rocky Outcrop 

near Mt Finke

 

Along the dog fence

Sandy Track

 

'Goog' Denton's Memorial

Googs Lake

Views

 from Mt Finke summit

Mt Finke 

rises over a salt lake

Rock formations near Mt Finke

Googs Track 

winds over sandy ridges

 

Wedge-tailed Eagle

For the Bird Watcher

Googs Track travels through diverse arid environments and is an extremely rewarding birding experience.  There are regions of mallee, Spinifex grass, salt lakes and arid scrub.  The birds listed below were seen along the track during a trip in July 2003. 

Wedge-tailed Eagle Brown Falcon Port Lincoln Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot Blue Bonnet Southern Scrub-robin
Red-capped Robin Jacky Winter White-winged Wren
Splendid Wren Shy Hylacola Southern Whiteface
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Yellow-throated Miner Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-fronted Honeyeater Mistletoebird Zebra Finch

 

 Rough Map    Detailed maps can be viewed by choosing one of the sites in Useful Links.   

Back to Top