Big Desert Trip

Grippy

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A few mates and I were planning on doing Googs these school holidays but did Big Desert instead as the temps up on the Googs would have been 40*C,
So the trip only consisted of me in the WG V8 Grand Cherokee, another mate in a 2013 Prado and another mate in his brand new FJ Cruiser that he was keen to get dirty, and we succeeded!
We kicked off at 8am Saturday morning and headed for Pinaroo where the Grand needed a drink of fuel before continuing, we went straight down the Border Track where we realsied how much rain there has been, I was the first recovery of the weekend, stuck on the first gate, massive bog hole.
We then turned left in to Big Desert along Fire Break Track and turned down Coburns Track and set up for lunch at Red Gums, a nice big camp ground. After that we found some massive dunes to play on and happily the Grand made it up them all and my mates Prado that usually walks up everything got stuck on the top :D
After playing in the massive sandhills we continued along Cactus Bore Track and on to the Murrayville-Nhill Track and down to Big Billy bore where we set up camp for the night. The entrance and first few camp sites was under water, so after negotiating that we found that about a k up the track there were heaps more camp sites and we had the place to ourselves.
Day 2 saw us continue down the Murrayville track for a look, then head up to Brushcutters track where we gave the Grand another much needed drink from the Jerries, this then saw us continue down Delisio and Campbell Tracks up to White Springs, that was completely under water so after finding the shallowest part through and giving the wheels and breaks a much needed clean driving through 100m of water we all had multiple attempts at making it to the top of the lookout, with no luck at all. We then headed to Big Dune Track and had a crack at the dune, no luck at all, the thing is massive!!!! We headed up Jons Bore Track and along Firebreak Track back to Murrayville where my mate had a massive blowout on one of his Coopers, totally ripped the outside of the tyre apart!!!:hammer:
Once swapped over, we went to Pinaroo to give the Grand another drink of fuel and rode the Highway to Lameroo then south into Ngrakat and down to Box Flat campground. Well, what a ripper of a campground, it's massive, and we had it to ourselves again.
Day 3 we headed back out and down Bucks Camp Track, walked up (no driving) one seriously farkin massive sandhill then drove along Mount Rescue and the rest of Baan hills Track. Went on the South Boundary Track to Rabbit Island Soak that was under water then continued along to Bucks Camp, a ripper of a spot, we set up in the camp spot on the Northern side of the road, much needed protection from the bloody wind and broke out the brews and camp ovens :D
The next morning I was up early and left at about 7am, the others were still snoring, I had to make a break for home as I had a heap of things to organise. While airing up when I got the main Highway my compressor died after 2 wheels :( so I had to drive slowly the 20 k's up to Tintinara to air up and give the Grand another drink before heading home.
I'll post up some pics on this thread once I have a chance to go through them :D
All in all it;s a great bloody part of the country to see if your thinking about it!

Edit:I don't actually have too many of the wheeling but will have to wait for my mate to get back from Bali to send me his pics.
One of the first big sand dunes
IMGP5141 by Ian Lucas, on Flickr

Blowout
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Box Flat Campground Sunset
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IMGP9790_ by Ian Lucas, on Flickr

Me being silly
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Some mud
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This was the first gate up the very top of the Border Track, stuck down onto the belly, as I got out my foot and boot sunk half way up my calf, she was a soft, sloppy mess, a quick snatch and I was out. 5 mins after hitting the dirt, someone was stuck:)
IMG_0641 by Ian Lucas, on Flickr
IMG_0638 by Ian Lucas, on Flickr

This was climbing one of the almighty sand dunes, yes I made it :p
IMG_0655 by Ian Lucas, on Flickr

And just to stir my over confident mate in the Prado that got stuck on the hills
IMG_0664 by Ian Lucas, on Flickr
 
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80lover96gxl

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Nice mate, great area hay and those dunes can be a real test, cool Pics too.
We're looking at heading there end of Nov.
Thanks for sharing.
 

Grippy

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Nice mate, great area hay and those dunes can be a real test, cool Pics too.
We're looking at heading there end of Nov.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks mate, we didn't see another soul in any of the parks, we had all of them to ourselves, it's an awesome area to explore, it was great to see some water around the place though, The first time I was out that way I did the Border Track on the ANZAC Day long weekend and it was hot, dry and powdery.
 

80lover96gxl

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Thanks mate, we didn't see another soul in any of the parks, we had all of them to ourselves, it's an awesome area to explore, it was great to see some water around the place though, The first time I was out that way I did the Border Track on the ANZAC Day long weekend and it was hot, dry and powdery.
Would be great to see a good amount of water in the area, fairly rare i would imagine.
Having the whole place to yourself would be bliss, generally quite busy but i guess recent weather may have kept quite a few away.

Not very pleasant when its bloody hot out there hay.
 

Grippy

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Yeah it was bliss having the place to ourselves, it was quite warm on Saturday and Sunday 32* or so and bloody windy. I am thinking the weather and the fact the previous weekend was a long weekend was the reason no one else was around. Pity ya can't get fuel at Murrayville, would make life alot easier.
We skipped the Mildred Roc Track and Chinamens Well Track as we had heard it was like a swamp further down and didn't want to risk it.
 

jacnden

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Sounds like you had a great trip and you had the good weather as well . When we were there the week before it was cold wet and windy. There did seem to be a few people about but we only bumped into one other group on the tracks
So how far up the hill at white springs did that mighty jeep get up?
 

Les PK Ranger

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Looks like the areas getting some much deserved Earth attention at the moment.
It's a really good drive in that area and not too far from Adelaide.

Nice read and the few pics so far, be good to see some more later :)

So, "a k up the track there were heaps more camp sites " this was south from main Big Billy down Murrayville Tk Ian ?
Just thinking for our Nov trip, this might be good if main area is busy, we can have a quieter camp, but be good to have it sort of a little non visible from the main road as camp will be left a while over the weekend.

Tyre probelm on Murryaville Tk, did you work out the cause ?
Was certainly a massive failure of the tyre.
Was pressure low and maybe going a bit faster on MV Tk ?

Anyway, look forward to feedback and more pics sometime.
 

jacnden

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So, "a k up the track there were heaps more camp sites " this was south from main Big Billy down Murrayville Tk Ian ?
Just thinking for our Nov trip, this might be good if main area is busy, we can have a quieter camp, but be good to have it sort of a little non visible from the main road as camp will be left a while over the weekend.
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Big Billy camp ground is huge, there is probably only a few fire pits near the one toilet but plenty of room to set up permanent camps . We left a small camp set up for the 2 nights we spent there. Bring some firewood though
 

Les PK Ranger

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Cheers Den.
Sounds like that's the go, and just hope people going by / through are an honest bunch, and leave our #*&@!$% stuff alone.
I just hate suburbia :D
 

Grippy

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Cheers Den.
Sounds like that's the go, and just hope people going by / through are an honest bunch, and leave our #*&@!$% stuff alone.
I just hate suburbia :D
There is an entrance with a couple of campsites and a signpost sort of thing with an info centre across the road, this was all under water, further up the track into Big Billy it opens up once you pass a few more sites, these were all under water too then there's the dunny and more sites that were dry, the place is huge, I would say bigger than Red Bluff
The tyre failure we reckon was random, we were all running around 15psi and she seems to have gone flat on the soft stuff and ripped it to bits as we turned out onto Murrayville track. We all stopped to air up as Murrayville was hard as a rock, just cut to bits
 
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Grippy

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Sounds like you had a great trip and you had the good weather as well . When we were there the week before it was cold wet and windy. There did seem to be a few people about but we only bumped into one other group on the tracks
So how far up the hill at white springs did that mighty jeep get up?
It was windy for all the days we were up there but we weren't bothered, she got cold on Monday though although I was warming from the inside
For White Springs I made it right near the top corner, we all seemed to make it to the similar spot, it's a ripper of a climb. Big Dune is a massive bloody thing, we were beaten by that one too.
The big one just off Murrayville Track was fun but I was happy to make it first shot
 

jacnden

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It was windy for all the days we were up there but we weren't bothered, she got cold on Monday though although I was warming from the inside
For White Springs I made it right near the top corner, we all seemed to make it to the similar spot, it's a ripper of a climb. Big Dune is a massive bloody thing, we were beaten by that one too.
The big one just off Murrayville Track was fun but I was happy to make it first shot
So did you make any further than my little Chinese car :D
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jacnden

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So all that bit at the bottom of the hill had water? The week before the entrance to white springs was flooded and we had to drive around but as you can see this part was fine. Must of had a lot more rain after grand final weekend
Really nice spot, would imagine it will stay nice and green into summer
 

Grippy

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A Chinese car will never make it up white springs, you need a Japanese car for that......

One comes to mind

LANDCRUISER
The 2 Japanese cars I was with didn't make it either, the soccer mum Cruiser Prado got stuck, the FJ Cruiser nearly did it
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Those FJ Cruisers are pretty good in sand it seems.
At Bushys (Coonalpyn, same big deep sandy dunes) for one of the SA meets, one there went up there higest test dune about as high as a vehicle had ever gone.
The track width stopped it reallly, only quads had ever gone past that point, or could make it further with the fine peak cutting.
 

Grippy

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Those FJ Cruisers are pretty good in sand it seems.
At Bushys (Coonalpyn, same big deep sandy dunes) for one of the SA meets, one there went up there higest test dune about as high as a vehicle had ever gone.
The track width stopped it reallly, only quads had ever gone past that point, or could make it further with the fine peak cutting.
Yeah it was a pretty good rig, he hasn't really done anything to it apart from lift, flares and bullbar and it had the stock looking highway terrain tyres. It's a wide old girl though, I am sure his brand new rig has some nice new pinstripes now ;)
 
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