Googs Track – 16th to 18th August 2022
Attending in no particular order
Penny and Spence – Toyota LC 76
Ivo – Toyota LC 76
Lin – Toyota LC FJ
Shane and Emily -Toyota LC Triton
Dave – Toyota LC Prado
Peter and Malou – Toyota LC 76
Keith – Toyota LC Ranger
Alex – Toyota LC 79
A trip down Googs Track takes you from Ceduna to the Trans Australian Railway and the exit point is East to Kingoonya. It is known as a “mini Simpson” due to the over 300 sand dunes. For our group is that made it good practice for the real Simpson, and after the Nullarbor we were keen to get off-road.
It’s a very pretty track, although the warnings on the entry gate don’t look to welcoming, and Keith managed to get Blue Ranger dirty in the 1st 5 minutes.
Before too long we were into the sand hills, but nothing gave the group any real problems once we had the right tyre pressures.
We took a break for lunch at Googs Lake – awesome little spot. We stopped at the Denton memorial, grabbed some lunch, and then huddle on the little island for a photo shot – being careful not to get our feet wet.
More sand dunes took us through to Mt Finke and our camp for the night.
The next day, since we were next to Mt Finke, Ivo of course had to climb to the top, accompanied by Peter. Some of us made it half way up then gave up, but even then the views were great. For us, the next discovery was not so much fun – Spence tested positive for Covid in the middle of nowhere, and I followed closely. We spent the evening at a safe distance from the rest of the group.
The next morning we made our way out. The track closed in a little more but was still and awesome drive and well worth the trip.
Story by Penny.