walkers crossing + simpson

Submitted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:23
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Hi all we are hoping to do Walkers crossing late July then the simpson East to west has any on been there recently that can advise on expected condition of walkers crossing and or the simpson. Is this season to be a reasonably easy crossing due to the rain.
Is it a comfortable days drive from dalhousie to chambers say 9.00 / 4.00 via finke and lamberts.

cheers
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Reply By: The Banjo - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:49

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:49
Fred Walker's crossing track has been closed for quite some weeks......due to the risen Cooper far as I know- see the SA Desert Parks Bulletin (there's a link at www.vks737.on.net - road's page - this site too I'm sure.... there's a contact number for advice)......re the Simpson...it changes so quickly at times.....no point in looking for detail just yet IMO ...... re Dalhousie ->Chambers 9/4....seems 'yes' to me, but others might suggest you'll leave little quality time for 'interesting' stops etc.
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Follow Up By: duncs - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:02

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:02
Transport SA web site has road reports available. It is updated every couple of days and a very useful site. I was there just yesterday and it had info on Walkers Crossing. Closed at the moment.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: duncs - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:06

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:06
One more thing, Dalhousie to Chambers could probably be done in the day but arriving late at Chambers might leave you a bit short of amping space. The camping area is quite small and fills up pretty quickly. We arrived there at a bout 3pm and got the last decent site, and that was a bit of a squeeze for us. That was in late Sept.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: defender 110 - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:36

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:36
Thanks banjo
i have been keeping an eye on the road reports but it is great to receive info from persons whom have beenthere recently
cheers peter
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Reply By: Large - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 11:08

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 11:08
Have just spoken to Santos Field services Moomba, Walkers crossing is closed, water is still flowing across it and expect it to be closed for another 2 months.
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Follow Up By: defender 110 - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:41

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:41
thanks Large
I find it amazing the contact base of people, where ever they may be. Who are prepared to make the call to assist someone they have not met or contacted before.
i couldnt think of a better contact for walkers crossing than the moomba field team.
i will be in touch closer to our departure date.

Thanks again Peter
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Reply By: Angus (SA) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:08

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:08
Drove Chambers to Dalhouise this time 2 years ago and out of our 2 week trip from Alice to Adelaide, that day stands out as being the one that was a bit too long in the saddle.

The old gahn track was pretty rippley to say the least and remember arriving at Dalhousie on dusk in a pretty grumpy state after maybe 7hrs ?? on the road. (Grumpiness remedied very quickly by a sunset dip in the springs thank God)

Even still, I'm not sure if I'd do it differently again though given the timetable we had.

Could have been made worse by the lack of sleep at Chambers where there was somewhat of a mouse plague and our dome tent became the star attraction as a jumping castle and slippery dip for all the rodents in the neigbourhood!!!

Then had a late start due to making mouse traps with wine box, chip packets, wine bottle and Anzac buscuits to evict all our new little friends from the car!

Sorry this is rambling and probably unhelpful :-)

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Reply By: defender 110 - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:33

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:33
Thanks for the info i must say i had not factored in any sort of rodent plague any wher in the trip. i am planning to be pulling up dailey by 4.00 pm so looks like a bush camp onthe track.

Thanks Peter
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