Yumbarra Conservation Park

  • Campfires Permitted
  • Camping
  • 4WD
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Birdwatching at Yumbarra rock hole after rain is just one of the rewarding experiences on offer in this park, with four-wheel driving and camping at the picturesque Goog's Lake also high on the list of things to do.

About

Yumbarra Conservation Park is named after the Yumbarra rock hole, one of many deep depressions weathered into the rocky outcrops that protrude from the landscape. After rain, these rock holes fill with water and provide an important water source for local wildlife. 

The park has vast areas of rolling sand dunes and is an important conservation area for a number of rare and vanishing native species, including malleefowl and sand hill dunnarts. Kangaroos, southern hairy-nosed wombats and dingoes also inhabit the park. With rock holes creating wildlife congregation points and with uncrowded foliage, the park is an ideal birdwatching area.

In the north eastern corner of the park along Goog's Track, lies Goog's Lake, a popular tourist destination with clearly marked scenic camping grounds, monuments to Goog and Dinger Denton (who forged Goog’s Track) and a number of easy walking tracks.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Contact details

Natural Resource Office - Ceduna

Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWNREPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Yumbarra Conservation Park is located 30km north of Ceduna. Access is via Kalanbi Road.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

There are campsites where campfires are permitted within this park. 

Useful information

Prior arrangements need to be made with the station management if you are visiting the Childara Rockhole or travelling through Everard Station.
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 1884.

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Traditional owners

Words from the Yumbarra Co-Management Board

Yumbarra Co-Management Board is proud to be able to manage Yumbarra Conservation Park, as well as advise the Minister on many other parks located within our native title area.

After many years discussing our native title claim, co-management is a great way that we can make decisions on how Yumbarra is managed and what the future holds. Co-management is a way to connect people to their land in a way that benefits them…culture becomes strong again.

Many important cultural sites, plants and animals occur across this Mallee region, spreading from the coast close to Ceduna up to the Yellabinna region.

We welcome visitors to our country and want to safely share some of our stories from the region. We want visitors to be safe and to respect our connection to our country.

We are working on a Healthy Country Planning process to plan how we manage for our country. Also, we want to work with our partners to manage the region, as well as supporting our families to connect with their country.

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

History

The history of Goog's Road (now known as Goog's Track)

For many years, Goog (John) and Jenny Denton had stood on the back verandah of the Lone Oak farmhouse, looking north and wondering what was out there in the scrub. They decided to find out for themselves. In 1973, they set out to build Googs Road – from Lone Oak farm to Tarcoola.

Goog and Jenny Denton, their children (Martin, Debbie and Jeffery) together with Denis Beattie (Jenny’s brother and Goog’s mate) began the memorable task of building the road in June 1973.

Clearing the track began with a Fordson tractor fitted with a front-end loader blade and a Toyota two wheel drive ute. Then the going got tougher and the sandhills bigger and steeper. At this point it was decided that a bulldozer and four-wheel drives were needed, so the Allis Chalmers HD14 was employed. Work on the road proceeded for another two years, on weekends only.

Roughly 55kms up the road, and eighteen months later, a shack was built, which served as a base camp for the rest of the road through to Mount Finke. At this site the road branches north to Mount Finke. The shack was removed in 1977, at the request of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Opposite this site, are memorials to Goog Denton and eldest son, Martin “Dinger” Denton.

Seven kilometres north from the shack, progress on the road came to a halt for about sic months, due to problems with the dozer and other commitments.

All fuel, water and supplies were carted up on the back of three land rovers. Considerable fuel and supplies were donated by various local people, to assist in the process of making the road to Tarcoola – they could see the value of such a road. Without their support, it would not have been possible to complete the road. The costs involved in clearing the way were enormous and Goog and Jenny would not have been able to do it on their own.

A grader was purchased in about March 1976 to make the road easier and safer to travel. The sand was very soft on some hills. Many had to be graded from each side, as it was impossible to grade over the crest, due to the steepness of the hills.

Some weekends the road progressed three to 5kms and on others, 8 to 10kms. Some weekends no progress was made at all. The going got tougher; the nights got colder. On many occasions, rain prevented work from continuing. On these occasions, over drinks at the campfire, discussions about progress and how to proceed with the road consumed many hours.

In August 1976, the road to Mount Finke was finally completed after 3 memorable years. The site where the road ended is known as Drum Camp.

The road from Mount Finke to Malbooma had been cut through with axes by station owners, who had hoped to get their wool through to Thevenard quicker. The project became tough and they abandoned the project. Two drums of water were left at this point (Drum Camp). This was the point at which Googs Road ended. This was as far as the grader went. The road to Tarcoola was cleared.

See and do

Bushwalking

There is currently no bushwalking information available for this park, please contact the park office for more information. 

However, there are a number of walking trails which follow Goog's Track to Goog's Lake, Mount Finke and the monuments to Goog and Dinger Denton.

Stay in the park

Camp out under the stars at one of the four campgrounds located in the park. Experience the serenity of the outback, with the contrast of red sand and the Goog's Lake at your doorstep.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please contact Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 1 November 2016 to 15 April 2017.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

4WD

  • Visitors travelling on 4WD tracks should be well-prepared and have 4WD experience.
  • Keep to defined vehicle tracks at all times.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow tracks.
  • Know what to do if you get bogged and always carry a long-handled shovel.
  • Make sure you have the right tyre pressure for the terrain, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Take particular care near salt lakes as the edges can be very soft.
  • If you have a UHF radio, using channel 18 will enable you to know of other vehicles on the road, coming towards you or behind you. 
  • Lone Oak farmhouse also operates on Channel 18.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Vehicle entry to this park is free, however fees apply for camping.

Camping and accommodation

Fees apply to camp in this park. Please pay for vehicle entry and book your campsite prior to arrival as self registration stations are no longer available in this park.

Check the online booking page for more details about individual campgrounds and fees.

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Ceduna (open seven days)

Ceduna Visitor Information Centre
58 Poynton Street, Ceduna, 5690
Phone: 0428 917 217 

Natural Resources Centre (open Mon - Fri)

50B McKenzie Street, Ceduna
Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 788 378

Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8626 7033

Kimba

Kimba Visitor Information Centre,
Phone: (+61 8) 8627 2026

Wudinna

Wudinna Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8680 2002

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWNREPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park. 

However, prior arrangements need to be made with the station management if you are visiting the Childara Rockhole or travelling through Everard station. Phone: (+61 8) 8648 1884.

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