Points of Oz

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Hi all, I'm in the very early stages of planning a trip of Oz, taking in the northernmost, easternmost, southernmost, westernmost, highest, and lowest points of the mainland, and the geographical centre. Ideally I'd like to do the whole trip by 4wd track, but I realise this is not possible.
If anyone has any advice, such as tracks or routes that could keep me off road, or any other advice you'd like to offer, I would be very grateful.
I have a very capable 4wd, am self sufficient, and experienced.
Cheers
Daryl.
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 20:08

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 20:08
Gay Daryl
Why not put the geographical centre of each state as well .

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Follow Up By: jamdan - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 20:44

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 20:44
Umm, why is it gay?
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 22:32

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 22:32
I don't know why I bothered with a reply like that, I was just giving you something else to look for in your travels.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 23:04

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 23:04
Daryl - I am pretty sure Muzbury meant to start with -

G'Day Daryl

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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:04

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:04
Gday Daryl
Looks like i made a spelling mistake , i did not mean to refer to you as a "gay" in any way . Thanks Anthony for drawing my attention to the spelling mistake.


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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:18

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Lol. All good.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:37

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:37
Now Daryl
If you Google Geographic Centre Australia, the site will come up with all the centres we have in every state .

Not long back the Victorian contingent of EO went to the Geo centre of Victoria for a day out.



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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:43

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:43
Hey, I was on Mt Blue Rag on the 27th last year...It's a small world, sorry for the hijack. :-)
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:54

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:54
Gday Mike
I just changed the picture for Daryl . There were four or five other vehicles we followed up to Blue Rag , we stayed the night and was all fogged in over night. I'll se if i can get a picture up for you.


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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:32

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I'll check it out Muzbry, thanx
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 04:27

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 04:27
Hi Daryl,

You're a bit light on with detail about your trip eg

What sort of vehicle have you got?
Are you towing?
How long will you be away?
Are you wanting to camp out all of the time or caravan park?
Have you got kids and dogs to consider?
and so on.

With info like this you'll get a more informed reply.

Also don't forget to look at all the trek notes on this site, a lot of work has been put into developing them.

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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:29

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 07:29
Hi Phil
I'm driving an 80 series landcruiser, 2 inch lift, front and rear lockers, 12000 lb winch, awning, rear drawers, 80 Litre fridge on drop down slide, hot water shower, etc. etc.
I won't be towing, but have a full length ARB roof rack to carry any extras if necessary.
I will be camping mostly, on a stretcher and swag set up, under the awning.
No planned time limit, as long as it takes....
Travelling on my own, no kids, no dogs, no handbrake.
I did a four month tour around Oz last year, on my own, and now have the bug.
Hope that gives you a bit more info.
Yes, I will check out the trek notes.
Cheers
Daryl
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 08:24

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 08:24
Steep point (western) is a sand track (great country)
Cape Byron (east) is a bitumen road
Cape York (North) is a dirt road followed by short walk
South East Point (south) is a hike from Tidal River
Crossing from Kosciusko to Lake Eyre over to west you could use Great Central Road
and Plenty Highway will help keep you off major highways

Sounds like a great trip - enjoy

If you are into hiking - you could also add the highest point in each State

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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:37

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:37
Thanx Alan, yes, I did Steep Point and Cape Byron last year, and also geographical centre of Australia, but thought it would be a great trip to do all points in one trip.
I'll look at Great Central Road, thanx for the tip.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 08:44

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 08:44
The Lamber center is supposed to be the geographical center of mainland Australia. But that has been challenged. Anyway all dirt roads around Finke with the last 13Kms a sandy bush track, that is well within the capabilities of the 80 series. Plenty of bush camping with long drop toilets.

Phil

The Lambert Center. Tried to get the "locally produced" shopping trolley off the top but I was not able to climb up. I did at least unwrap the majority of the red and black string and wool thread from the monument.

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 08:58

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 08:58
I wonder what possesses such idiots.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 09:14

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 09:14
The safest answer for me to post is to click my Submit button and then click the "Thanks" button on your post Frank.

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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:46

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:46
Hi Phil, I was actually there October last year, but there was no shopping trolley on the pole, just the mighty Australian flag flying. I felt very patriotic standing there, one of the memories I'll keep forever. It suprises me that a trolley was even there, given the distance from any supermarkets!!! Just goes to prove that some idiots took the trolley there solely for that purpose. Baffles me why they'd bother, surely the thrill of just being there is greater than the thrill of vandalism.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:07

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:07
Our photo is dated the 10 August 2 Aug 2012. Strange is not the word.

It was still worth the stop over. We then headed to the Simpson. Now that was a drive.

Maybe Jamdan could pass through the Simpson on the way west to Steep Point.

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:09

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:09
Edit button please.

That was a strange date.

It was supposed to read the "10th August 2012".

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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:37

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:37
Crossing the Simpson is definitely part of the plan
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 09:04

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 09:04
A few random thoughts Daryl

Cape Byron to Steep Point will take you across the country, and off the bitumen for most of it.

Southernmost point of Australia requires quite a walk - no four wheel driving there; just a little used walk trail.

Southernmost point of Western Australia is in the West Cape Howe National Park, and is accessed by a challenging sandy four wheel drive track. The spot we went to was not the southernmost tip so I don't know how accessible that is.

Highest point in Western Australia (a flat land) is Mount Meharry in the Hamersley Ranges. You can drive all the way, but we haven't done so yet.

Lowest point in Australia - Lake Eyre.

You will be busy for the next ten years :)

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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:49

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:49
Hi Motherhen,
Thanx for your comment.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:57

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Then if you have a month or two to spare after that lot Daryl, there are the various true Centre/s of Australia calculated using different rationale.

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Reply By: allein m - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:12

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:12
well i am biased but Broken Hill NSW /SA border is worth a visit lots to see

Jack Absolum art gallery jack often pops in though he is getting on a bit now Pro Hart you can visit he has passed away but the gallery is still open RFDS base (Royal Flying Doctor Service) is also worth a visit

and you can head of into the outback from here as well places like Tibooburra

http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/outback-nsw/corner-country-area/tibooburra

yes and a very popualr place is Silverton where some of the mad max movies were shot

Broken Hill has become a the place to go for many movies to be shot.

that is just a small sample of what to see here in Broken Hill NSW
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:19

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:19
If you haven't already seen this one it is worth a look
The Centre(s) of Australia
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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:50

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 16:50
Thanx Rod, I'll check it out.
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Reply By: Rockape - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:10

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:10
Straight Daryl LOL.

Goggle the Binns track. It is a good run and will keep you off the black top. Lots to see.
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Follow Up By: jamdan - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:32

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 17:32
Cheers Rockape, is that in Central Australia, east of Alice Springs? Think I've crossed it. Went to an old gold mining ghost town down that way
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 18:04

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 18:04
Yes, some good country and some good history.
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