Arkaroola to Mt Fitton and Moolawatana - still accessable July 2013?

Submitted: Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 13:34
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Has anyone been this way recently? Is it ok? How would I get permission from the station?


From an old thread;
"no need to back track. Continue on from Arkaroola, Bolla Bollana, Yudnamutana, Hamilton Creek, Mt Fitton Outstation, Moolawatana and on to the Stretzlecki. From Yudnamutana to Mt Fitton is rough and slow going but has the best scenery the Northern Flinders has to offer.
From Mt Fitton on they are public roads that are well maintained. You will require permission from the Station lessees however and 1:50000 series topographic maps."
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 19:55

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 19:55
Hi Gibbo,

I was there just over a week ago and asked about leaving via this way. They advised against it as there are a lot of station tracks that make it difficult to find the correct tracks. We ended up going back via Balcanoona through North Mulga, Moolawatana to the Strz.

I'd suggest talking to someone at Arkaroola when you get there. I'm sure they could also advise about getting permission.
Cheers. I am jealous - wish I was still out there!
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:18

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:18
We did Moolawatana to the Strez junction at Mt Hopeless about 2 weeks ago.

It had just opened to 4WD after rain but that was an optimistic assessment. There was about 200m near the junction that was underwater: on the track and on the diversion, and one guy got bogged going wide.

Usually the SA road conditions report is on the money. The online version that is. Two of the roadside boards were out of action when we were there.

Yep, talk to Arkaroola or to Inna Trading post before heading out.
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Follow Up By: gibbo454 - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 21:23

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 21:23
I remember that bit near the junction! 3 years ago I got bogged in the same spot and had to be pulled out. A group of 3 vehicles behind us with camper trailers watched me get bogged and quietly turned around and off down Strez. It was on our run to home (Adelaide). We decided to go the Strez track as we were tired and had enough mud and slop....after 2 weeks of it.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 08:09

Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 08:09
Yeah.
We came to it from the south so turning around wasn't attractive.
The Forester and camper trailer got through by the skin of my teeth.
All up Ark. to that junction via the public road is 180 km and took us five hours.
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Reply By: rotor138 - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:38

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:38
You need to contact Mt Freeling Station. It takes a fair amount of time to get through and you ay want to consider staying there the night. The shearers quarters are cheap and they have nice hot showers (after you stoke up the donkey).
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Follow Up By: rotor138 - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:45

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:45
www.mtfreeling.com.au
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Reply By: gibbo454 - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:55

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 20:55
Thanks for the quick replies, I will consider which way to go when I get to Arkaroola.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 21:25

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 21:25
Margaret Sprigg (the boss lady) at Arkaroola will have all the good oil on any road access in that region - just pray that she can spare a few minutes to say g'day though - the staff there are usually flat out for the whole day behind that front counter !
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