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CAMP­ING AND FEES ALL tracks in the vicin­ity in­clud­ing Strzelecki Desert, Sturt Na­tional Park, Lake Eyre, In­nam­incka Re­gional Re­serve and many oth­ers in­clud­ing the Flin­ders Ranges all re­quire spe­cialac­cess per­mits. Camp­ing in the In­nam­incka Re­serve re­quires a Desert Parks Pass, which you can pur­chase at the re­serve office in In­nam­incka. The desert passes are valid for 12 months and pro­vide de­tailed in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing maps of the area. Passes can also be pur­chased at RAA of­fices. A Desert Parks Pass costs $160, but dis­counts are avail­able for re­newals.

ROAD CON­DI­TIONS THE Strzelecki Track can often be im­pass­able af­ter heavy down­pours. It’s also worth not­ing that win­ter nights can fall be­low freez­ing. Over­all, the Strzelecki Track is main­tained mainly for the large road trains that ser­vice the Gidgealpa and Moomba oil and nat­u­ral gas fields.

DRIV­ING TIPS THE track from Arka­roola to the Strzelecki Track is mostly loose sur­face with some chal­leng­ing driv­ing, par­tic­u­larly through the dry creeks. In­fre­quent rain not only makes the roads slip­pery and treach­er­ous, but can also cause flash floods which could leave you stranded for weeks at a time. It’s al­ways ad­vis­able to check lo­cal con­di­tions be­fore ven­tur­ing onto out­back roads. FUEL & SUP­PLIES FUEL up at Lyn­d­hurst, Leigh Creek or In­nam­incka. Fuel and ba­sic sup­plies are avail­able in Arka­roola and some sup­plies in­clud­ing fuel can be pur­chased at Cameron Cor­ner. Take rea­son­able pre­cau­tions when trav­el­ling in this re­gion. Al­ways have plenty of food, fuel, spare tyres and wa­ter on board with you. The weather is change­able out here and can go from ex­treme heat in the day to freez­ing at night, so make sure you have ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing to cope with con­di­tions.

BEST TIME TO VISIT THE cooler months are def­i­nitely the best time to visit, al­though al­ways check lo­cal con­di­tions as this area can be im­pass­able es­pe­cially af­ter heavy rains. Max­i­mum sum­mer tem­per­a­tures can reach 50°C, so you won’t find many peo­ple liv­ing in this harsh en­vi­ron­ment – only three per cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion call it home.

CON­TACTS Phone: 08 8204 1910 Web­site: www.en­vi­ron­ Arka­roola Wilder­ness Sanc­tu­ary - www.arka­ The Cor­ner Store - Ph: 08 8091 3872 The In­nam­incka Ho­tel - PH: 08 – 8675 9901

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