Cooyerdoo is the other side of Iron Knob, so it will be an interesting trip; quite a bit longer than to the last event. After making your way through Iron Knob, head left towards Kimba. You will see the beginnings of the mine development changes at 'the Knob' and the diverse colours of ore and overburden on the western side. Drive about about 15 kms along the Kimba road to the turnoff into the station homestead, (just past the 75 to Kimba sign) and then there will be another 8 kms of good track which approaches the Cooyerdoo Hill. The orange “O” signs will direct you to the start area.
You will pass the homestead and the south end of the hill, heading east on a new track. This is to avoid the old track along the western side of Cooyerdoo Hill, that has been badly washed out by the last couple of years of good rains. We pass a large dam which has been included on the eastern edge of our orienteering map. Here we pick up a good track spiralling back to Cooyerdoo Hill.
The new track to the dam will need some care - I went out in my own car, taking it steady and had no problems. If four wheel drivers can keep the speed down, I think this will preserve the new track for standard vehicles. Please travel slowly past the homestead to minimise dust.
The courses available will be the standard mix of four options, from beginners to long, to entertain, build skills and challenge you.
Start times are between 10am and 1pm. Please ensure you are finished and back at the van by 3pm.
Remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty to drink, and be sun smart with appropriate clothing and hats. The flies were friendly, so I reckon some repellant or a hat net would be worthwhile.
Tea and coffee is supplied, and a barbecue plate available to cook your own BYO food. Don’t forget those chairs. Whistles for sale and compasses for hire at the van also.