Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
flindersoutback.com 83 Not surprisingly, the name 'Nullarbor' comes from the Latin nullus and arbor meaning 'no trees'. The Aboriginal name for the area is 'Oondiri', which means 'the waterless', and with an average rainfall of just 200 millimetres, the name is also self-explanatory. Between May and October, stop at Head of Bight to watch the magnificent Southern Right Whales loll just off the coast from Bunda Cliffs -- a 60 metre sheer limestone cliff face and the longest line of cliffs in the world. At this time of year, up to 60 majestic Southern Right Whales annually migrate out of the Southern Ocean to these traditional breeding grounds for their young. Ceduna to Port Augusta 468 kilometres For town information on Port Augusta see page 38 under the 'Explorers Way' itinerary. Port Augusta is the major regional hub and the place to stop and plan a trip to the Flinders Ranges & Outback -- Wadlata Outback Centre can help with maps and information. Take either the 'Explorer's Way' driving itinerary north or south, or pick up the 'Fast Track' itinerary to explore the Flinders Ranges. Ceduna to Coober Pedy From Wirrulla, about 90 kilometres east of Ceduna, take the Gawler Ranges Road north before heading east to Mt Ive Station, where fuel, shearers' quarters accommodation and camping facilities are available. From here, you can explore the Gawler Ranges, Mt Ive Station, Lake Gairdner, Ridge Top Drives and Organ Pipes. Mud maps can be picked up from Mt Ive Station before you start your journey. From Mt Ive Station head to Iron Knob, the birthplace of Australia's steel industry, before following the bitumen to Port Augusta. Alternatively, from Mt Ive Station you can head north to Kingoonya, Glendambo and on to Coober Pedy, where you'll link with the 'Explorers Way' itinerary. If you're in the mood for adventure, take the (dirt) road less travelled through remote Outback, or bring your golf clubs and play on the world's longest golf course. Goog's Track This is an Outback adventure for well-prepared and experienced four-wheel drivers only. The single vehicle track travels over more than 300 sand hills across Yumbarra Conservation Park and Yellabinna Regional Reserve. The adventure starts at Ceduna, heading north until you meet the Transcontinental Railway Line. The track then heads east to Tarcoola and on to Glendambo on the Stuart Highway. For more information, pick up a copy of the 4WD Tracks and Repeaters Towers brochure from the Visitor Information Centres throughout the region.
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