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Submitted: Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 10:29

gidgea jack

took this route late april 09 in a falcon rtv towing a kimberley camper,good travelling all the way inc. visit in to haddon corner did not see another vehicle till we got to dig tree t/off looking forward to another trip same time 2010
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Reply By: DIO - Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 10:50

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 10:50
Great report. Amazing just where you can get to in a 'conventional vehicles' if you drive to conditions and use a little common sense. Happy travels.
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Follow Up By: gidgea jack - Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:20

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:20
quite right about conv. vehicles AND common sense people forget that it was not all that long ago that a lot of this country was pioneered in conv. vehicleson a lot worse track conditions..was surprised at the holes on the sandridges coming out of haddon corner where 4wds? had been stuck, yet the falcon towing a camper got through ok..... hooroo
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Follow Up By: Member - Sigmund (VIC) - Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 20:12

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 20:12
IIRC Sidney Kidman's son did about 3000 miles in a model T, following wagon and droving routes, in SA, NSW etc. In the 20's I think.

He broke a leaf spring and reinforced it underneath with a hewn length of Mulga.
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 11:06

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 11:06
How do you find the RTV? Does the diff locker 'get you places' so to speak?
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Follow Up By: gidgea jack - Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:38

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:38
find the falcon pretty good as long as you keep in mind its not a 4wd and treat it so. have not used the diff lock enough to make judgment but would imagine it is a help..the main feature is the higher clearance & underbody protection.. my main complaint is that you have to have tyres with a C rating (light truck) & can not find anything with a very "aggressive" tread pattern ..find Bridgestone 693 about the pick .being an old truckdriver i like plenty of weight on the drive to assist traction..anway hope this is of help.. hooroo
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Nov 01, 2009 at 08:13

Sunday, Nov 01, 2009 at 08:13
Hi Jack,

Which way sth from Longreach? did you go straight to Jundah? We just pulled the Supreme Getaway down from Winton to Jundah and had a most pleasurable camp about 10km NE of there (it was the Jundah store keeper's own camp spot to get away from the pressure of "business life" hehehe)

"Not another vehicle till we got to dig tree t/off" like you we only saw a couple of vehicles once we left Winton and popped our heads up again down at Quilpie.

I don't know and maybe it's just me but I like that country very much......must have red dust in my veins? I know I have dust for brains but that doesn't explain why I "breath easy" whenever west of about Cunnamulla so it must be in my veins too.

Keep kampin and travel safe.
Trevor.
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Follow Up By: gidgea jack - Sunday, Nov 01, 2009 at 11:23

Sunday, Nov 01, 2009 at 11:23
G,day Trevor, yep we went from our 6 night camp on the banks of the Thomson (@ "our secret spot") direct to Windorah for 1 night then down to another "favorite",cullyamurra hole on the cooper for another 6 nights..caught mobs of good yellabelly here,the best a 45cm beauty.it was the stretch from Windorah to the dig tree t/off that we did not see another vehicle.on leaving Innamincka we spent 1 night on the wilson @ Noccundra then across to the paroo @ Caiwarro (Currawinya national park) this is a spot that i particually love as i worked on caiwarro as a young fella for a couple of years in the late sixties ,it breaks my heart to see the ruins of this place that i once called home,we spent 8 nights here camped on the banks of the river where we used to water ski with an old plywood speedboat (with an old ford v8 motor that i saw on the slab of the old workshop when poking around the ruins) it is always hard leaving this spot and i fully understand your dust in the veins theory. had a good time here "exploring" and just plain relaxing..looking forward to getting back next year.always try to go early to avoid the "crowds"..I will have to learn how to post photos of our trips on this site.....one day. all the best ,hooroo
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Nov 01, 2009 at 19:01

Sunday, Nov 01, 2009 at 19:01
After we popped our heads out at Quilpie it was down to Currawinya where we camped at the waterhole behind the shearer's shed so I know what you mean when you say that you particularly love that place. On another trip I camped at the Wilson R spot at Noccundra too and agree that this is one worth going back to again one time soon.

At Currawinya were they still rounding up the goats? They were when I was there.

Hope you work out the photo loading as I would love to see pics of your trip.

Here is a few of our trip:
Camp outside of Jundah.

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Don't see this in downtown BrisVegas.
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Happy travels,
Trevor.
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