Rawlina to Cocklebiddy

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 14:29
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Hoping someone may have current info on this route either direct or via Haig - did note in a past thread that there was a track along the dog fence ????
Cheers Bruce
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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 15:44

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 15:44
Bruce, I had difficulty in finding the right track heading south out of Rawlinna via Arubiddy and found it easier to head east to Haig and then down. Track was in fair to good condition but a lot of limestone outcrops.

Rawlinna to Cocklebiddy via Haig

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Follow Up By: 116 - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:13

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:13
Many thanks Mick - planning on going to the Rawlinna rodeo on the 26th so happy days --
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:35

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:35
Now that sounds like a lot of fun. Safe travels.

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Reply By: 213 - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:22

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:22
Hi Bruce

I did Cocklebiddy to Rawlina track 3 years ago after hearing how good the trip along the Transcontinental line towards WA is from Mick O.

I simply found the track on Google Earth and saved waypoints of the track into a Route in my ETrex and then printed it out.

When we got to the start I just followed the route on the GPS and checked it with my paper printout as we went...no probs!!!

We actually met the lady of the Station through which we passed just as we started out on the track of the highway - she was heading back to the homestead after visiting the store I think.

Anyway, she gave us a 'mud map' of the route - she was extremely friendly and helpful and we chatted for quite some time at the homestead gate.

It's true the track is a little confusing but if you put some way points in your GPS as we did it's really no problem. Be particularly careful of the start of your journey as you leave Rawlina - that bit has a few 'doglegs' to get right as I remember

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Follow Up By: 213 - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:23

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 17:23
sorry - I meant 'off' the highway.
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Reply By: 116 - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 18:12

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 18:12
Again many thanks - nothing like local knowledge - and good ol google earth
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 21:07

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 21:07
Hi Bruce.

Just watch the start south at Rawlinna; it's someway west of the siding.


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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 21:28

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 21:28
Hi Bruce

If you do not know where to turn off, it is very hard to find, and that is what the EO forum is all about, asking questions and getting the right information.

The drive is slow, not hard and a good drive.

If you are coming in from Kal, the gate will be on your right had side just before you come into Rawlinna. Once you pass through the gate, just keep following the track and there are a number of Station made signs to keep you on the right track. You will skirt the actual Rawlinna Station Homestead and the past Manager who is a local from where I live hated tourists with a passion - well the unprepared ones that is.

One time he was telling me that they came across some people doing cloths washing in one of the stock drinking troughs and it was a real bubble bath - so it shows you the brains that some idiots have.

These following images will help you travel safely, but if you are using a moving map, it will make the drive even easier.











Enjoy the drive.


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Follow Up By: 116 - Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 22:27

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 at 22:27
Hey there all - many thanks again all the info - will post an update when I do the trip - cheers Bruce
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 08:10

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 08:10
Hi Stephen,
Is your wife still out there opening and closing the gates for the travellers?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 09:17

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 09:17
Hi Tony

Yes Fiona the gate girl is still doing a great job at opening those station gates. Just so she does not get rusty on the job, she will be back out there in the outback in August with lots of station gates to open.....lol



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Follow Up By: 213 - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 10:05

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 10:05
Hi

Just remembered - it wasn't Mick O that told me about the Transcontinental Line trip - it was Stephen L.

I remember included amongst the pics (the ones above) you posted then was one of you and Fiona camped (in a tent) by the side of the track...it's a wonder the constant noise and fumes of the vehicles passing by didn't annoy you...(-:

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 22:06

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 22:06
Hi George

That was us, camped on the track.

It was a great experience for sure. I hope you enjoyed the drive.


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Reply By: Rod W - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 20:59

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 20:59
There are in excess of 20 gates to open and close.
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