This track is a designated Public Access Route. It offers an alternative route for driving between Birdsville
through the flood plain country of the nothern overlow of the Cooper Creek
before rising onto the Sturt Stony Desert on the Birdsville Track
. Unmaintained and often impassable due to rain or floods this track is strictly dry weather only. It takes around 6 hours in good conditions. The track also passes through private property and SANTOS gas and oil field operations. Please follow the markers carefully to avoid becoming lost in the maze
of tracks. It is definately 4WD only and travel in the company of a convoy or with a digital navigational mapping system guiding the way is recommended.
How to Use this Trek Note
Click the "Map" tab below to see the route we've provided. Icons on the map are the POIs you'll need for navigation purposes. Be sure to check the list of Nearby Places
on each POI page.
If you'd like to save this information there are a couple of ways to go about it, depending on what you're actually after:-
- Ideal solution - download the ExplorOz Traveller App from Google Play or the App Store. The app enables you to carry the ExplorOz Places, Treks, & Maps data offline in your mobile device ready for your adventures. It is a complete mapping, navigation and tracking app. For more details, read our ExplorOz Traveller page.
- You can print a paper copy of the text using the print icon button shown above, near the social media buttons. For the best output it is advised to open each tab/section to load all images and artwork. You will still need to click open each Place page (listed in Where to Stay, What to See) to print off all available information.
- If you have a Hema Navigator or use Mapping Software such as OziExplorer, or TrackRanger AND you are an ExplorOz Member, then you can click the Download Trek button at the top of this page to obtain the raw data files (eg. GPX) for this Trek.
- If you're not a Member, or you'd like to batch download the entire Treks database you can obtain this by buying a product called EOTreks Route Files from our online shop.
Use wood for cooking sparingly in these places
and take out all rubbish.
is a an actual point along this route that is signed with PAR markers (WKX 126.4) The crossing is named for Syd Walker who worked in SANTOS Field Services
Division at Moomba. He was responsible for the rebuilding of this crossing of the Cooper Creek
which suffered regular flood damage. Soon after the project was completed Syd had a massive heart attack and in his honour, the men of Field Services
decided to name the crossing after him and built a memorial at the crossing. Later an attempt was made to steal the plaque
so Field Services
removed it to Moomba for safe keeping.