Boggy Hole via Hermannsburg.

Has anyone recently done the track from Hermannsburg through Boggy Hole out of Alice? If so is it manageable by a single vehicle (I left the Maxtrax at home).

David
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Reply By: Member - John N (SA) - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 10:42

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 10:42
G'day David,

we are heading that way in a couple of weeks too and keeping a watch for any replies you get. I intended speaking with the local Ranger at Palm Valley about the current conditions before heading to Boggy Hole etc. This may be another option for you if no one on the forum has the info you need.

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Follow Up By: David16 - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 11:41

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 11:41
Thanks John, we are heading there this arvo I'll be sure to post conditions for you.
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Follow Up By: Member - John N (SA) - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 21:09

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 21:09
Thanks David - we will keep watch.

Cheers

John
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:04

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:04
Hi all, just arrived at Ularu after doing Boggy Hole, track is relatively easy and compressed. All the water crossings have dried up unfortunately, and I would say will stay the way for dry season.
This drive is spectacular and well worth it, beautiful run through the gorge and no one in site! Single vehicle is fine at moment and maxtrax not needed, you must ale own wood and camping areas are obvious so keep driving til they are near waterhole.
PS the nappies are still there!!!
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:10

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:10
Sorry guys should add high clearance a must.
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Reply By: cookie1 - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 20:00

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 20:00
I went through under a year ago single vehicle, beautiful place and didn't get stuck - remember tyre pressures are your best friend and use high 4wd.

Someone had thoughtfully done their business and additionally deposited used nappies adjacent the Running Waters waterhole where we found the local dingoes feasting on said contents.

The track had changed since the last time I went through back in 2005 and you need to now navigate across a rocky section where your tyre placings will be important.

HTH

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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:06

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:06
Cookie the nappies are still there!

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:35

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:35
And nobody has burned them?

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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 19:09

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 19:09
They don't burn, I've tried!
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 09:16

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 09:16
Went thru last september , it was relatively easy and very lovely.

Water levels were low at the time I think max was 400mm making it an easy trip.

If water was up you could have some issues as in parts you have to cross rocky river beds and it would be harder to pick right line.

In this photo which was the only real bit of water I looked first and didn't even get top of guards wet whilst someone in the picture charged thru and water pressure broke the plastic bumper mounts and we had to jury rig ti.



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Reply By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 16:24

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 16:24
Keeping an eye out on this post as well.... We'll be there at the end of June and more than likely a single vehicle, so I'm interested to know if there's any "sticky" spots that u need to be extra careful about..... Last time I was on this track was some 20 odd years ago, so the memory of back then is not much use....

Is there many long soft sandy stretches....??

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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:08

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:08
You will be fine Rob no spots to worry about.

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:21

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 18:21
obviously it's changed a lot since our visit 2 years back, but at the time the only sections we encountered that might catch you out were.... the very muddy section at the bottom of the river crossing where you crossed at Boggy Hole itself (at that time it dropped down the embankment into a mud hole), aswell as a short stretch of very soft sand further South from there. there were other areas of softish sand just North of Boggy Hole i recall, but lowered tyre pressures had it not a problem when we went through. there's a gibber type section of sharp rocky ground to cross along the way that could puncture a tyre, which happened to one vehicle in our group (happened to be the vehicle running the highest tyre pressures by the way).
for someone with half an idea what they are doing i myself wouldn't call it a hard drive, but i could easily see someone possibly getting bogged if they didn't know what they were doing.
now in saying all that.... it was a very wet year when we went through, so we most likely encountered easier conditons then what one would find if it hasn't rained in quite some time. after a decent period without rain i could imagine the possibilty of longish stretches of soft sand being in some areas, so be prepared to lower tyre pressures quite a bit should you encounter a period such as this.
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 19:18

Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 19:18
No mud this time, just compacted surfaces even the sand. High clearence a must. I ran 22 front and 25 rear no issues at all.
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