Warburton crossing

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:11
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Howdy

Just thinking about going up K1 line into the Simpson from Birdsville track to Poepell Corner, wondering if anyone knows when Warburton crossing will be open
Cheers and thanks inadvance
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:40

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:40
Hi coley62, it's been closed for ages - since the 2010 floods. See this link to SA Parks which says track repairs needed before it opens. Link here: Simpson Desert link
Now we could ask the question as to why it is still closed after all this time..... W
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Follow Up By: coley62 - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:43

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 19:43
Thanks Warrie

See on Lake Eyre YC web site they are asking the same question, I'm wondering if anyone has been thru there(i know its closed) or know if /when its likely to be open
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 20:57

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 20:57
I have it on good authority that the Warburton track has been trafficable since last July when the river crossing dropped below 1m. There are no muddy sections anywhere but there is considerable regrowth along the flood plain making the track difficult to see & scratchy in places. Heading north apparently the track is faint be it a little eroded but easy to find. It's likely a few enthusiastic convoys have been through since then.
My guess is as it's been closed for so long the Land Managers didn't bother going out to look last season & will have to justify some money to grade the 1st 60 km's before it gets opened. Official sites at least indicate this will be done.
Cheers Craig.......
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Follow Up By: Dough Boy - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 21:59

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 21:59
Gday Coley
Only today I rang my contact at SA Gov outback roads dept .
Emma tells me that they are now working their way through a list of repair works orders. Infact as late as yesterday repairs are complete on Walkers crossing and she tells me it is now open. Whilst she couldnt give a definative answer, she stated that they will get to each site in need of work, she just wasnt sure as to when it will happen.
Wether it happens before your trip at this stage remains a mystery.
I mite see you up there myself. If the crossing opens before the middle of July I intend to head through the crossing in a convoy of 4 vehicles
Cheers
D. B .
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Follow Up By: coley62 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:48

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:48
Thanks Craig and Doug Boy,
Sound like its a goer, just don't tell anyone
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Reply By: Member - Chris and Lindsay (VI - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 14:34

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 14:34
Ask or ring the nearby roadhouse which name escapes me. They gave us info in 2007 and it was actually open but no_one had removed the sign. It will be on your map and has camping and a pool. I think it starts with B.
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Follow Up By: coley62 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:46

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 15:46
Mungeraine, thanks I rang them the other day and they gave me nothing. thanks anyway Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris and Lindsay (VI - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:53

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:53
Maybe they only give advice when you are actually there on the spot, or it has changed staff as the guy we spoke with was very helpful.
Have a great trip and stay safe.
Christine
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Follow Up By: coley62 - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 17:41

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 17:41
Christine
spoke to a women there, wasn't helpful but have heard that they can be really good, maybe just bad timing on my behalf
cheers
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Follow Up By: Dough Boy - Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 20:16

Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 at 20:16
Coley
I too had contacted Mungerannie station and got a similar response .
I am told the owner is ther best person to talk to, but unless you are lucky enough to strike him on the phone you will hang up "empty handed" so to speak
The other information source I have had success in the past has been with my contact at Etadunna Station, Patsy , she is always a good information provider
Give her a call, I am sure she will be of help

Good Luck on your trip
Cheers
DB
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