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.
Social life in Wirrulla revolves around the local hotel. Wirrulla Hotel
provides hot meals and has accommodation available for travellers and
workers. Wirrulla Hotel accommodation options include
4 single rooms - air conditioned
1 family room - air conditioned - double and single bed
4 single rooms - without air conditioning
1 twin share - without air conditioning
Please note as at June 2016 tarriffs for air conditioned rooms range from $50
for singles, $70 for doubles and $10 per extra person. The twin share room without air
conditioning is $75.
Meal options include continental breakfasts for $10 and
counter meals and a licensed restaurant which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays
for lunch 12.00 to 2.30pm, and Monday to Saturday from 6.30 to 8.30 for teas.
Closed Sundays. For further information please phone (08) 8626 8019.
Across the road from Wirrulla's Hotel is a camp facility suitable for those
of you towing a caravan. Located on some old tennis courts this camp ground offers
hot showers, public toilets and 4 powered sites. As an overnight camp site it might
well prove adequate for your needs 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 nominal, and if it were any cheaper it may as
well be free! Costs $10 per car and keys are available from the General store or Hotel.
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 travellers.
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
Local 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 which are sometimes very rough (check before continuing)
before you rejoin the Stuart Highway near Glendambo. Please note that at Kingoonya
you can get diesel unleaded fuel at all times as it is a 24 hour fuel stop which
works on debit cards and hotel is open for hot food cold drinks and has basic
motel rooms. After resting you can continue on to Coober Pedy via Goss road
to highway or drive to Glendambo to meet up with the Stuart Highway
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