Loose Nuts 4x4 Simpson Desert Trip 2010

BUSHNUT

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Our Party is meeting at the Starting Point MILDURA on the 16th of July 2010, usually from there we stay the first night at the Kinchega Woolshed near the Menindee lakes -Day 2 ,travell though Broken Hill up to Tibooburra camp outside of there _ day 3 and 4 travel through Camerons corner to Innaminkah, camp down on the Cooper out of town , Have a rest day here , plenty to do, Day 5- could do Coonjie lakes this time ( all still in the planning stages ) Day 6 travell to Birdsville either via Walkers Crossing or Cordillo Downs 9 this will be governed by track conditions and closures . From then on it is the Simpson which won't be as rushed this time , will do it over 5 days or if we side track maybe 6 or 7 . after Mt. Dare we can have the option of doing lamberts centre, even Chambers Pillar if everyones time permits . Then it is down the Oodnadatta track, Flinders Ranges, Clare Valley ( so many wineries, so little time ) then Renmark then home .

I am after a passenger for this trip, to share driving, Diesel and Food costs .
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BEK

4x4 Earth Contributer
i can assure you the seat is comfy and the company is good.

wish i was going but the gawler adventure awaits
 

BUSHNUT

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So far we have the following people going

ROYBOY and SINGAPORE DAVE in Royboy's Patrol wagon
SIMMO ( BUSHNUT ) and STEADY EDDY in Simmo's Patrol Ute
LITTLE BOBBY and DI in their Navara Twincab
FLEETY and LIZ in their V8 Diesel Patrol wagon

Tentative

DONX and LILLY in therir 100 series cruiser
PETE and ROMY in their Discovery



Here is a rough outline to our trip this year . This all depends on the expected flooding this year so we have made an alternative trip throughout the Gawler ranges as well .

SIMPSON DESERT 2010

Day 1 Fri 16 July.
The first day meet and greet at The Sunraysia Motel 441 Deakin St Mildura (ph:1800 778 991 family room $130 sleeps 4-single room $ 79 sleeps 2) and on to dinner at the local pub.
546km today.

Day 2 Sat 17 July.
Day 2 of the trip will be to Packsaddle camping ground on the Silver City Hwy, via Broken Hill for any last minute shopping and fuel.
437km today.

Day 3 Sun 18 July.
Day 3 we head from Packsaddle, to Tibboburra and on through the Sturt National Park to Cameron’s Corner. Your Desert Pass Map kit, provides great detail and trip notes from here on. We will camp just outside Cameron’s Corner where 3 of Australia's states meet (New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian).
339km today

Day 4 Mon 19 July.
Next day we will visit the Corner, have a beer then travel on to Burke and Wills DIG TREE near Innamincka SA.Camping at Cooper's Creek.
300km today

Day 5 Tue 20 July.
Next day we will shower at Innaminka before departing and Head north en route to the Australian outback town of Birdsville, Queensland, via Walkers Crossing Track weather permitting. We will stay in Birdsville for the night and do some sight seeing. with dinner in the Birdsville Pub. Birdsville is the last outback township for the expedition to stock
up on supplies, water and fuel before we cross the Simpson Desert. You will need to carry enough fuel for 900km.
225 km today

Day 6 Wed 21 July.
The next 3 nights and 4 days will be spent crossing the Simpson Desert The Simpson Desert crossing adventure begins just out of Birdsville
with a most challenging sand dune to tackle “The Big Red!”4WD tactics are engaged in a number of locations on the Simpson Desert 4x4 trek as we proceed on to red desert dunes of unsurpassed beauty. Typical Australian patterns and colours are created as the red sand undulate in waves and ripples. Often wild flowers carpet the ground.
120km today

Day 7 Thur 22 July.
If the weather has been kind we track across Eyre Creek with its
abundance of Australian native birdlife, otherwise we detour around.
Such detours add to the adventure aspect of the trip. We continue along the QAA Line to Poeppel Corner, where the Northern Territory and South Australia meet Queensland, before continuing onto the French Line.
120km today

Day 8 Fri 23 July.
The tour is well and truly in The Simpson Desert northern South
Australia now, as the convoy heads west on the French Line, or
the WAA Line, (depending on conditions). Trek through the low lying
lakes of the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, and the Simpson Desert
Conservation Park, the lake country offers some real 4 wheel drive
Challenges.
120km today

Day 9 Sat 24 July.
Some wonderful desert mirages offer unusual photography as you cross
from Freeth Junction to Dalhousie Springs, SA where hot water comes
to the surface in a steaming sulphur pool.




The old homestead ruins of Dalhousie Springs are just a few klm's
away from the pools. We then continue to Mount Dare SA to camp and fill up with fuel.
189km today


Day 10 Sun 25 July.
It's from here that we head towards the Pedirka Desert travelling through Blood Creek ruins, Abminga ruins, Eringa ruins and onto Hamilton Station
153km today

Day 11 Mon 26 July.
We now head to Oodnadatta where the history of the rail link to Central
Australia is colorfully displayed in various ways around the town. From Oodnadatta we head into the Painted Desert to a camp site just short of Mt Arckaringa.
197km today

Day 12 Tue 27 July.
Day 12 see us heading to Coober Pedy via San Marino Hut, Evelyn Downs and Mount Barry all part of the Painted Desert which stretch down to the opal fields of Coober Pedy.
207km today

Day 13 Wed 28 July.
After picking up supplies and fuel we head for the tiny outback township of Maree via Wlliam Creek and the Oodnadatta track
373km today

Day 14 Thur 29 July.
From Marree we head on to Leigh Creek and Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges camping at Gum Creek after having a beer at the Blinman hotel on the way.
226km today

At this point the trip is flexible with options for winery visits in
the Clare Valley, before beginning the run home, see the meal and
date notes for this final info.

Day 15 Fri 30 July.
Travel to Renmark and camp on the Mighty Murray River
495km today

Day 16 Sat 01 Aug.

Head for home.
721km today

TOTAL DISTANCE 4768KM

Desert Parks passes are essential and can be purchased at:

Melbourne Map Centre
Waverley Road,
Chadstone
Parks' Code
• keep our wildlife wild - do not feed or disturb animals, or remove native plants
• camp only in designated areas
• respect geological and heritage sites
• keep to defined vehicle tracks and walking trails
• observe fire restrictions (1 November - 31 March)
• conserve native habitat by using liquid fuel or gas stoves - the collection of firewood from within the Park is prohibited
• leave your pets at home, 1080 poison, laid in the Park to control foxes can kill pets
• take your rubbish with you
• wash 50 metres away from creeks and waterholes - detergents and soaps pollute water and harm other aquatic creatures
• the use of generators is not permitted
• be considerate of other park users

Useful Phone Numbers

Automobile Associations
RAA Coober Pedy
(08) 8672 5230
RAA Copley
(08) 8675 2618
RAA Marla
(08) 8670 7001 National Parks
Far North Region
(08) 8648 4244
Police
Marla
(08) 8670 7020
Marree
(08) 8675 8346
Oodnadatta
(08) 8670 7805 Road Conditions
SA
1300 361 033
WA
1800 013 314
Services
Cadney Park Homestead
(08) 8670 7994
Copper Hills Homestead
(08) 8670 7995

Pink Roadhouse Oodnadatta
(08) 8670 7822
William Creek Hotel
(08) 8670 7880

GAWLER RANGES ALTERNATIVE 2010

Day 1 Fri 16 July.
The first day meet and greet at The Sunraysia Motel 441 Deakin St Mildura (ph:1800 778 991 family room $130 sleeps 4-single room $ 79 sleeps 2) and on to dinner at the local pub.
546km today

Day 2 Sat 17 July.
Day 2 of the trip will be to Waikerie SA camping ground 49 Peake Terrace Waikerie (ph:08 8541 2651)on the Mighty Murray River.
216km today.

Day 3 Sun 18 July.
Day 3 we cross the Murray by punt and head to the Big4 Camping Park at Cnr Eyre Highway & Stokes Terrace Port Augusta (1800 833 444), via an early lunch at Burra on the way
350km today

Day 4 Mon 19 July.
We will stock up with any last minute needed provisions and fuel at Port Augusta (You will need to carry enough fuel for 881Km) before we leave and head off road to Mount Ive Station in the Gawler Ranges National Park. We will be camping at the foot of Gairdiner Lake.
200km today

Day 5 Tue 20 July.
Today we head north following Gairdiner Lake up to Kingoohyn at the top of Gairdiner Lake
246 km today

Day 6 Wed 21 July.
We leave Gairdiner Lake area and head for Googs Lake.
272km today

Day 7 Thur 22 July.
We will spend the day at Googs Lake exploring and a second night
0km today

Day 8 Fri 23 July.
Today we head back to civilization at Streaky Bay camping ground at 82 Wells Street Streaky Bay (08 8626 1666) for showers & to catch up on some washing. A great area for seafood.
163km today
Day 9 Sat 24 July.
Port Lincoln camping ground (08 8684 3512) on the Lincoln Highway North Shields is our destination for today with lunch at Coffin Bay on the way.
292km today

Day 10 Sun 25 July.
From Port Lincoln we travel to Orroroo camping ground 21 West Terrace Orroroo (08 8658 1444).
431km today

Day 11 Mon 26 July.
A quick trip down to Clare camping ground today, at Main North Road Clare (08 8842 2724) giving us the afternoon to explore the many wineries in the area.
253km today

Day 12 Tue 27 July.
We now head to Renmark camping ground Sturt Highway Renmark (08 8586 6315)right on the Murray River.
341km today

Day 13 Wed 28 July.
Day 13 see us heading to Hattah-Kulkyne National Park again camping on the Mighty Murray River.
207km today

Day 14 Thur 29 July.
A second night at Hattah after a days fishing and exploring
0km today

Day 15 Fri 30 July.
From Hattah we head for home.
477km today


TOTAL DISTANCE 3994km
 
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jack48

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c/t = camper trailer - territory area where we can take it. comprehendae, we could always break off at Birdsville, I want to do the track, and catch up furter down, we bought the c/t to do tracks, and the Birdsville was on the drawing board
 
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BUSHNUT

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To Birdsville not a problem ! frowned upon across the Simpson.

If for flooding reasons we do the Gawler ranges and Googs Track then thats not a problem ., Fleety is probably taking his on that one - I'll leave my Kimberly at home on both trips .
 

jack48

Active Member
Pardon my ignorance, all maps and relative info is packed up (Doing a reno} where's Gawler? Havent been there, not half obvious.
 

jack48

Active Member
Have done all the date checks, we should be ready to join you, all going well, Jack & Jo, on either trip.
 

BUSHNUT

Well-Known Member
Yes ! The Simpson has just opened from the Birdsville end and Cordillo downs track is just opened so our trip is a GO! We had the Anne Beadel as an alternative but now the Simpson is definitely it .

On the down side our party is down to two vehicles , Just Little Bobby and Di in their Navara and SteadyEddie and myself in the patrol cab chassis, room for more if someone wants to jump in .
 

4WDN

4x4 Earth Contributer
Will be leaving a couple weeks later, keep us informed on how the tracks are.
we will be going basicly the same course, but in the other direction. May see you on the tracks.
Will have 4 cars.
 
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billolga

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Bushnut - I have been planning this years trip & will probably head for the Kimberlys & Pilbara.
As your heading across the Simpson & we usually head over that way, maybe we could join you at Birdsville on the 20th July for the crossing & from Dalhousie we would continue on to Mt Dare & Alice etc.

Olga's health has improved so hopefully she will still be O.K. by then.
 

BUSHNUT

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Bushnut - I have been planning this years trip & will probably head for the Kimberlys & Pilbara.
As your heading across the Simpson & we usually head over that way, maybe we could join you at Birdsville on the 20th July for the crossing & from Dalhousie we would continue on to Mt Dare & Alice etc.

Olga's health has improved so hopefully she will still be O.K. by then.

Hi Bill, yes you are quite welcome to join our flock of two, will forward you our itinery as it it is finalized still waiting on to see if Walkers crossing and Coonjee Lakes will be open .

Good news for Olga on the health front .

kindest Regards Simmo
 

BUSHNUT

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Hokay,

Due to prevailing conditions our trip is as follows :-

Day 1 Melbourne to Mildura .

Day 2 Mildura to Pack saddle

Day 3 Packsaddle to Fort Grey or Cameron corner

Day 4 onto Innaminkah

Day 5 Inaminkah to Birdsville via Cordillo Downs, Coonjie lakes is not open , neither is Walkers crossing . This might take part of the next day depending on road conditions , if so , so be it .

Day 6 If late then it will be Birdsville , meet up with Bill and Olga BILLOLGA on the forum

Day 7, Day 8, Day 9 Simpson Desert , destination Dalhousie Springs,

Day 10 Dalhousie Springs to Mt Dare to fuel up,

We will sort out rest of the trip there, depends on road conditions , would like to go into the painted desert , but road reports are not positive at this stage .

Come on Friday !
 
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jack48

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Sorry guys. can't make it. Staff problems. As per usual, also wanted to do Birdsville track-still closed we think, so maybe at a later date.
 
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