is located 100 kilometres east of Ceduna and 35 kilometres north
west of Poochera.
name Wirrulla is derived from a local aboriginal word meaning
"fast" or "quick". As with many of the smaller towns in South
Australia, Wirrulla grew up around a railway siding.
the very early years of European settlement many pioneers travelled
from Port Augusta through the Gawler Ranges to Ceduna and other
west coast settlements. At the time Wirrulla was a small but important
way station for these travellers.
Wirrulla's chief occupation is wheat and cereal growing. Wirrulla
appears to be something of an enigma. Signs on the approaches
to Wirrulla proclaim the settlement to be "The Town With A Secret!"
Very strange stuff indeed!
facilities provide the bare essentials for traveler's needs. Within
Wirrulla you can find a General Store which sells a range of groceries,
cool drinks, icecreams and petrol. Should your vehicle be running
short of petrol outside of normal business hours the General Store
will be happy to fill your tank up for the cost of an after hours
service charge. Definitely a useful service and certainly much
better than running out of petrol on the open road!
This store is generally open during daylight hours and the early
evening. Ian and Trish Perry run the
General Store and are a hive of local information, including local
road conditions for the Kingoonya Road and Gawler Ranges area.
Ian and Trish can be contacted on (08) 8626 8038.
life in Wirrulla revolves around the local hotel. Wirrulla Hotel
provides basic meals and has some accommodation available for
travelers, including backpackers. Accommodation options include
7 air-conditioned rooms that can cater for up to 5 people. Tarriffs
range from $20 for singles, $30 for doubles or twins, and large
rooms for $40 per night. Backpacker shared rooms are also available
for $10 per per person per night. Meal options include continental
breakfasts, counter meals and a licensed restaurant which is open
Mondays to Saturdays. For further information please phone (08)
the road from Wirrulla's Hotel is a bare bones basic camp facility
suitable for those of you towing a caravan. Located on some old
tennis courts this camp ground offers fairly basic conveniences.
As an overnight camp site it might well prove adequate for your
needs however, particularly if you are running low on fuel and
arrive late at night after the general store has closed. Charges
for the use of this facility are very nominal - in fact if it
were any cheaper it may aswell be free! Within Wirrulla
there's also a pleasant small playground and picnic area suitable
for children and parents in need of a rest stop. A public pay
phone and toilets are also available for the use of travelers.
Wirrulla itself there isn't exactly a lot to do. Wirrulla is however
an ideal staging point for outback travellers wishing to venture
into the rugged Gawler Ranges. For those travellers heading west
to Port Augusta there is an alternative route as far as Iron Knob
via the Gawler Ranges.This journey is made via an unsealed Road.
We have done this journey in the reverse direction and recommend
you read our Iron Knob
to Wirrulla story should you be contemplating travel in this
Lake Sun Set
Near Wirrulla on the Kingoonya
people in the Wirrulla area also travel north to Glendambo, Coober
Pedy, and even as far north as Alice Springs via the "Kingoonya
Road."Should you wish to take the "Kingoonya Shortcut" to the
Northern Territory be prepared to drive over 300 kilometres on
dirt roads before you rejoin the Stuart Highway near Glendambo.
Please note that Kingoonya is very much a ghost town and that
the nearest Roadhouse is at Glendambo.
travelling through these outback areas travellers would be wise
to observe all normal precautions. Currently roads to the north
of Wirrulla are in fair condition, however this can quickly change. For safety reasons you should always carry a spare tyre, a puncture kit and plenty of water. In recent times vehicles in poor condition have been traveling this road in increasing numbers. If traveling this road you are advised to have a reliable vehicle - one that can handle a lot of shaking and rattling! Please note mobile phone services do not work out along the Kingoonya road. For those of you with UHF Radios, use channel 3 south of Lake Everard, and channel 4 to the north.
Nullarbor Net recommends that travelers seek local advice
from the general store or hotel before venturing into these remote
Mumford is a local resident of the Wirrulla and Gawler Ranges
area. Early in 2004 she participated in a camel expedition that
crossed the Nullarbor. Here's one of her poems inspired by that
Over The Ridge
a little further now boy's,
too much longer now boy's,
over the ridge,
under boy's, under the bridge,
you there left, and you follow,
now boys, dodge that tree there it's hollow,
your butt up that incline,
you, small thing sit down,
you, get that bush off you're crown,
I said keep moving, don't stop,
swear I'll whip you with this crop,
boys, I see something yellow,
guess you can now mellow,
a boy Ziggy.
a boy Tekko