Gluepot has a network of more than 100km of bush tracks available for riding. These are station tracks, with plentiful patches of loose sand and some areas of limestone so don't be bringing your road bike. A mountain bike or at least a hybrid with suitable tyres is required. Running tubeless tyres with goo should be considered to reduce the chances of a puncture.
Riding the station tracks; a great way to explore Gluepot Reserve
There may be the odd area of deeper sand where you may end up walking your bike but having the right tyres, lower tyre pressures and a bit of stubborn persistence will get you through most of these patches. And, hey, if you do fall, its soft sand right.
Gluepot is a Pastoral Station purchased by Birdlife Australia in 1997 and now managed for conservation purposes. Prior to 1997 it was used for sheep grazing and also carried a significant feral goat population. In keeping with Birdlife Australia's biodiversity conservation management philosophy, artificial waters have been closed, feral animals controlled and all stock removed. Gluepot is now under a South Australian Heritage Agreement and forms part of the National Reserves System. A marked contrast visible along parts of the northern boundary fence readily demonstrates the positive effect the reduction in total grazing pressure has had on vegetation condition.
On arrival at Gluepot, drop in to the modern Visitor Information Centre to register. Bush camping is available at three sites across the property, each equipped with a drop pit toilet. Camping is only $10 per night per vehicle. Day access only is $5 per day per vehicle. The Centre has some great displays on the biodiversity and management of the reserve plus a range of pamphlets to help you enjoy your visit. A range of relevant books and merchandise are also available for purchase.
On our visit we camped at the Bellbird Campsite. This campsite is amongst mallee woodland over woody shrubs and close to mallee over spinifex. It proved to be a good base to range out from each day on our rides. First light at this campsite was just wonderful with an abundance of birdlife surrounding our camper each morning.
This is a remote area so ensure you carry sufficient water, spare tube, pump, a map, GPS or compass and let someone else know where you are riding. There is no mobile coverage so you may consider carrying a handheld UHF radio.