Currawinya NP

Hello All

Does anyone have any information on the current condition and access to the lakes at Currawinya? I'm keen to visit in April.

Many thanks for advice - Noel
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 15:04

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 15:04
Noel,

The Paroo River had a minor Flood level flow in it a few weeks ago so the waterholes should be full.
The Qld National Parks site has no alerts for Currawinya so it should be a good trip.

Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Beersay - Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 15:16

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 15:16
Thanks Kev

I've camped out there a couple of times already but on both occasions we missed out on seeing the birdlife. On the first occasion, the lakes were dry and barren (first time in 15 years we were told) - deceased turtle (shells) and nothing much else to see.

The second time was just after some good rain and the lakes had water in them but access to the lakes was closed. The locals told us that the Ranger was on Long Service Leave and there was no one available to check the road conditions nor open the gate to the lakes.

We're hoping for "third time lucky".

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Follow Up By: gbc - Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 20:10

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 20:10
Try mid January.
Shearing shed is chokers full of roos, ranger station is a ghost town, both lakes teeming with waders and pelicans. 45 degrees in the hungerford pub though......
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 16:57

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 at 16:57
Why don't you contact nearby Kilcowera Station, I see they are a business member of ExploreOz and recently posted a item under Blogs.
I'm sure in the present pastoral conditions they need all the off farm income they can get.


http://www.kilcowera.com.au/

PS, I've not been there, have no association with them

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Follow Up By: baz&pud (tassie) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:00

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:00
We were there last year, great camp on the lagoon, and the drive on the Dowling Track is interesting.
You can also see the ExplorOz sticker on the border gate at Hungerford that was put there by a guy called Sir Kev and Darkie, we have no affiliation with him, lol.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:44

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 10:44
hehehehehe
I was wondering if the sticker was still there. It is probably well faded by now.

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Follow Up By: baz&pud (tassie) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 13:02

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 13:02
Nope, the sticker was in good nick when we went through, in fact pud took a photo of it.
Cheers to you and the girls (that includes Sam)
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 13:20

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 13:20


This is the gate we put the sticker on in Sept 2010 :)


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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:44

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:44
This is Kilcowera's Facebook Page

Toni posted today "Lake Wyara is bone dry apart from 2 creeks which run into it and have some water in them."
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Follow Up By: baz&pud (tassie) - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 17:44

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 17:44
Hello Sir Kev,
Here's the photo we took
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Reply By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:20

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:20
We were there last April Noel and the flies were the worst I've ever experienced! Worse than the GSD in WA with the wet season approaching. Lake Wyara was about half full and drying quickly. Lake Numulla full. As Kev said there was a minor flow in the Paroo but not sure if it was high enough to fill Ourimperee waterhole as its not on the main channel. It was almost dry last April. pretty barren place when the lakes and creeks are dry but magnificent when full
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:46

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 12:46
Toni from Kilcowera posted on her facebook page today that " Lake Wyara is bone dry apart from 2 creeks which run into it and have some water in them."
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Reply By: Beersay - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 15:58

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 15:58
Thanks for all the responses people.

I was speaking with a ranger from the park today and he confirms what you guys have stated. We'll hope for some rain in the right catchment and see what happens.

Cheers all.
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 08:44

Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 at 08:44
Hi everyone, agree with all that has been said here. Especially the part about we need all the help we can get :) Yep Lake Wyara is dry, Lake Numalla the freshwater lake still has a lot of water in it. I know nothing about the river condition though. Too far from us. The Bulloo River ( Thargomindah ) also had a run iin it recently from the isolated storms that were about, a month ago now. Our lagoon was bone dry but got some water in it too and that's now drying up.
Put your hands together for us all out here - we really need some rain! Cheers Toni
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