Section 49: Dutchmans Stern to Eyre Depot

This is a deceptively tough walk with a bit of everything - undulating fire tracks with spectacular views, a rocky gorge and a gibber strewn floodplain.

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Mapsheet 7A, Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to north of Mt Arden

Northern Guidebook, chapter 4 map 2.
chapter 4 map 3.

Distance
19km
plus extra distance of 1.5km
Location of Dutchmans Stern
807 227
(780700 6422700 zone 53)
Latitude: -32.2973582222 (32° 17' 50.4896")
Longitude: 137.980855625 (137° 58' 51.0803")
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Start this section from the public carpark in the Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park. The carpark is at the end of the Dutchmans Stern Road into the park, however endeavour to limit the number of cars, as there needs to be room for the bus to turn in the car park. The local ranger can be contacted to allow access to the area around the walkers’ hut for parking to alleviate this problem. Lisa Taylor 0428 990 675 (as of 2023).

Location of Eyre Depot
765 301
(776500 6430100 zone 53)
Latitude: -32.2317324333 (32° 13' 54.2368")
Longitude: 137.9341571694 (137° 56' 2.9658")
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Note that to travel from Quorn to Eyre Depot vehicles need to travel via the Pichi Richi Pass i.e. via Stirling North and Port Augusta. There is NO ACCESS on the route via Thompson Gap that is often shown by Google Maps.
Vehicle access to Eyre Depot is via Wilkatana Station, 40km north of Port Augusta on the Warrakimbo Rd.
Contact Andrew Smart at Wilkatana Station on (08) 8642 3642, for permission to access Eyre Depot through his property. Signs will then indicate the station tracks needed to reach Eyre Depot.
The track crossing of Depot Ck is only passable to high clearance 4WDs so vehicles will need to stop at GR 753 307 (Lat/long -32.226394 137.920892). Walkers will need to leave the trail at the gate at GR 764 302 (lat/long -32.231653 137.933279) on mapsheet 7A (near the memorial) and walk out 1.5 km to the vehicle.