Inside track, Warburton, K1 line, Hay River, Batton Hill, Plenty Hwy

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About 10 days ago I travelled from Birdsville to Batton Hill via the "inside track"' Warburton track, K1 line and Hay River. The inside track had been recently graded and in pretty good condition......soft loamy soil so not packed hard but easily driveable. A few minor dunes, washouts, corrugations, twists and turns and several kilometres of rough Sturts stony desert on the southern end, overall a nice drive with no real challenges and dry as a chip.
A short hop down the Birdsville track then north over the Warburton crossing, Warburton track, K1 line and Hay River track to Batton Hill, onwards to Jervois and back to Brisbane via the Plenty Highway, Donohue Highway etc.
The Warburton, K1 and Hay River whilst dry and in reasonable condition requires high clearance 4WD, good preparation and desert travel experience. This is a fascinating journey with diverse and at times stunning scenery, miles of claypans, sand dunes, washed out, rough and corrugated sections and endless second gear work crossing and re-crossing the Hay River and its channels. Whilst I didn't camp at Batton Hill it appeared to be clean and presentable...the two blokes I saw there were I imagine Lindsays sons and were nice helpful fellas. Apart from a few vehicles near Batton Hill, I saw only one vehicle in 3 days. From Jervois to Boulia via the Plenty and Donohue highways was excellent travelling, the roads had been recently graded but there are still the occasional rough spots and a small sections of bulldust. For those who like statistics the journey from Birdsville to Jervois via these tracks took me 3 1/2 days, 835 k's, and consumed fuel at the rate of 12.83 litres per 100 k.......my vehicle a 2005 hilux 3.0L D4D..
Tony (hopbush)
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Reply By: mikehzz - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 08:13

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 08:13
Sounds like great fun, thanks for the report. As a matter of interest, how do the locals pronounce Jervois? It could be English like jervis or French like jervwah. Or it could be something else? :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:45

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:45
Now you've aroused my curiousity;-)

This probably doesn't answer the question wrt local pronunciation,
however, Jervois Station takes it's name from the Jervois Range,
which in turn was named after a former South Australian Governor (Lieut.-General Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois)...

Here is an excerpt from the Australian Dictionary of Biography >>

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois (1821-1897), governor, was born on 10 September 1821 at Cowes, Isle Of Wight, the eldest son of General William Jervois (pronounced `Jarvis') and his wife Elizabeth, née Maitland. Educated at Dr Burney's Academy near Gosport, he entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and was commissioned second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in 1839. He studied for two years in the School of Military Engineering at Chatham where his work at the drafting board was renowned for its excellence.

(Source >http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/jervois-sir-william-francis-drummond-3856 )

From the above, it would appear that the correct pronunciation would be 'Jarvis', though I don't know how many folk (at least in Oz) pronounce it that way nowadays...


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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 06:25

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 06:25
I believe Jer-voice is the correct pronounciation.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 08:42

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 08:42
I agree with Mike. Good report.

And when we go through Jervois I would like not to upset the locals as well. How do they pronounce it?

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Follow Up By: Member - hopbush - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 08:47

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 08:47
My understanding is that it is pronounced as spelt phonetically...Jer-vois
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 19:43

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 19:43
Jer-voiz is the way we pronounced it at work.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 20:38

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 20:38
Mate, that's classic Kath and Kim pronunciation but probably right....noice :-)
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 15:06

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 15:06
When I did the weather reports there, it was pronounced Jer voice.
Take care. Safe travels Ma.
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Reply By: Hunjy100 - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:49

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:49
Jerv-us when we were there.

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Follow Up By: Mazdave - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:57

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:57
Not sure of its relevance, but a mate owns a racehorse, spelt the same way, Jervois and it is pronounced Jerv-wah.

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:55

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:55
Great information Tony.

How over grown was the Hay river track?
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Follow Up By: Member - hopbush - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:42

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:42
In places, undergrowth right up to edge of the track but not a problem and in the minority....at times I had to turn my mirrors in. I did not use or need a screen in front of the radiator nor did I at any stage gather spinifex or other stuff under the car. I might add that I will have to get stuck into the sides of the car with cutting polish but that is not unusual after a trip of this nature.
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Reply By: ExplorOz - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 15:46

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 15:46
Thank you for making the effort to come to ExplorOz to give your updates. Would you mind also entering these reports into each of the road conditions section please as many people specifically looking for road condition reports will search search specifically for terms like road conditions, and the name of the tracks - so will end up being steered to the Road Conditions pages rather than the forum post so this will eventually help more people. Thanks once again.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 16:24

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 16:24
Thanks Tony, I can see the logs coming in that you're onto it now.
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Reply By: prado 01 - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 22:02

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 22:02
Hopbush we are heading that way soon.
Approx. how long do you think it would take to get from the Birdsville Track to Poeppel Corner?
The desert parks bulletin suggests the track may be vague in places. Was this the case and in particular between BVT and PC, we will head then East along the QAA.
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Follow Up By: Member - hopbush - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 23:00

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 23:00
Hi Prado 01......the approximate drive time from the start of the Warburton/k1 track to Poeppel corner would be an easy day.....I drove from Birdsville to within 30 k ofPoeppel corner via the inside track/Warburton/K1 track in a day. The track is not vague but a fairly well defined two wheel track varying in trafficability from easy, to rough, bouncy, and washed out, also a number of claypans and a few dunes but mostly minor. Not particularly challenging, but certainly a 4WD track, and slow at times.
Forever changing scenery, plenty of opportunities for camping and firewood not a problem. I saw a few camels also. The last time I drove the QAA line I travelled from Birdsville with a daylight start to Lindsay Junction at the intersection of the French Line and Knolls track in a day.......so from Poeppel corner to Birdsville should not be a problem in about a day. Overall a great trip!!!!
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Follow Up By: prado 01 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 08:24

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 08:24
Thanks Tony.
We plan on three nights between the Warburton and BV so should give us plenty of photo taking and relaxing time.
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