Peake Ruins - Oodnadatta Track 2016

Submitted: Friday, May 06, 2016 at 09:34
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We are planning to have a look at Peake Ruins on the way to Oodnadatta.
Has anyone been in there recently? Is it worth a peep?

Secondly, there appears to be a loop track to the Ruins from both directions meaning we don't have to back-track. The advice regarding this way out has been varied to say the least.

Anyone travelled the Ruins 'exit track'

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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 09:46

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 09:46
Yes, very interesting and significant ruins :)
Pastoral, mining, and telegraph history.

No loop, you might be looking a bit further south at Peake property / homestead ?
The Peake Tele Stn ruins are located a very short distance north of the property / homestead loop access (from the north entry about 5km perhaps), and is a each way 16km track in / out.
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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 10:51

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 10:51
Thanks Les, we will drive in and have a look. We are very interested in the old Ghan and the regions rich history.

The loop in and out is shown on several maps, the most accurate being the Pink Pub's Mud Map. It follows Peake Creek to the North but since the floods I was advised to return the way you come in.

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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 11:22

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 11:22
There is no 'loop'. It's one way in & out to the ruins, as Les mentions.

Unfortunately, no camping at The Peake ruins. Used to be, but way too much environmental damage occurred to the graves, the Mound Springs and the ruins, so it's no longer possible.
Just to clarify, there are two 'The Peake'. One is the pastoral lease owned by S Kidman; the other is the one we are discussing, namely the old mining, pastoral and Telegraph Station complex.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:27

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:27
I *think* dad meant up through Freeling Springs, and NE a ways (Smithfield yard), then west out at Algebuckina ?
That has always been a private road apart from the Algebuckina end at the waterhole to permitted access.
Anyway, the drive straight in and out isn't too hard, just a little rough in places.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 09:55

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 09:55
Well worth the visit to see what life was like in a Telegraph station in some of Australia's most remote countryside.

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: dad1340 - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 11:01

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 11:01
Thanks Les and Baz,

See my follow-up to Les's advice for current Peake Ruins track.

Just some help for the Simo Crosses who want to use the Pedirka but are put off by some sites saying it's closed. Vehicles are getting through ok. Slowly.
Just check via the Pink Pub and Mt Dare beforehand.

Hope the grader goes through before we get there :)








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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 11:16

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 11:16
While in the region, don't overlook inspecting the fascinating Mound Springs at The Peake, Strangways Springs and Wabma Kadarbu Conservation Park (home of The Bubbler & Blanche Cup) near Coward Springs.

There is a sign-posted walking route at The Peake ruins and at Strangways Springs
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Reply By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:02

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:02
Is the track into Peake Ruins suitable for towing a medium sized off road van?

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:20

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:20
Yes...

Not that I have done it, but see no problem...

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:27

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 14:27
Should be ok, just drive as slow as needed, it can be rough in places.
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Follow Up By: 3ways - Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 10:08

Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 10:08
Kevin in 2014 we took our 21ft offroad van into Peake Ruins without problems. There were a few rough sections and it took a couple of hours each way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 12:29

Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 12:29
Kevin we have taken our T-van in there a few times and could see no problems for a medium size offroad van a few gutters to traverse but that will be your only problem.

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 11:23

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 11:23
Kevin, we too have taken our Tvan in, however we found that the track was very rough in places, May 2105. Many leave their caravans/trailers at the start of the track as it makes for a less stressful journey. When we were there there were a number of places, as mentioned gutters, which presented challenges when towing. Again if you do take the van lower your tyre pressures and take it slowly.
The site is well worth a visit. Fortunately there appeared to be little vandalism when we were there. No doubt that "element" is deterred by the distance in and the rough track.
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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 11:54

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 11:54
Thanks for the information and advice. Greatly appreciated. I'm very reluctant to leave my van unhitched beside the road, but I guess with appropriate security precautions, beside the Oodnadatta Track is not too risky.

I had not heard of Peake Ruins before but we are likely to be on Oodnadatta Track later in the year and it looks like a place not to be missed.

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Reply By: Member - pete g1 - Friday, May 06, 2016 at 22:41

Friday, May 06, 2016 at 22:41
gr8 history, interesting site, remote graves, mining site -relics, telegraph stn ruins, springs

track in was rough in aug 15..rough rough, slow n steady gets u though.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 14:05

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 14:05
Make sure you have a look at Strangways as well. A km or so off the road, then a short walk up to the top of the ridge, where the old station buildings and stock yards are. Worth checking out the water tank, now sans roof, but in good order otherwise.

There are small mound springs dotted around the ridge, like zits on a teenagers face. Really intriguing........would like to see them near a full moon, to see if the water level increases?

I bypassed Peake last October so I'd have something to show the Cook, when we go that way again. Just so much to see along that Track!

Might see you in the Simpson, 1340? We leaving Birdsville about 31st, heading for Mt Dare & Madigan. Doing, at this stage, QAA & WAA Lines.

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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 18:25

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 18:25
Thanks Bob, yeah there is plenty to see and thanks to your help will visit Strangways (odd name).
(the '1340' is the capacity of my ride - one-wheel drive)

Mate we are coming in the Pedirka then down the Rig, up the Knolls etc. so its possible we may spot you. We are taking 7 days which includes some rest days for photographic stuff. Look for a white FJ cruiser anyway amongst the traffic.

Thanks again

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 19:18

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 19:18
".......white FJ Cruiser". You weren't in Winton this morning, were you? :-)

Worth a look at Beresford Siding. The building is in pretty order, with the mandatory bird residents. Couple of water towers there too, that might be worth a photo or three, in the right light. Stopped at a couple others too, but they were in poorer condition.

At Algebuckna, turn down a track to the south, on western side of the creek, and there's a couple of graves(one with headstone) on a ledge, and by walking up a bit higher, you get good views(photos) of the bridge......it's a long bugger.

Les, Gunther(RIP) & I went E-W over the Rig in 2 days last Oct. Eastern section was in excellent order, as far as Poolawanna Oil Well. Rest was okay, just drive to conditions. Would go that way again, but want to try the WAA. Met some bikies that were going that way, then into Birdsville and across to Byron Bay.

After this lot of rain it should look magic!

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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 21:27

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 21:27
Thanks again Bob,
The plan is to have a night or two here and there with time to take it easy with the missus doing her photographic project. Just taking it easy for a change and no rush. We have seen it all but have a fascination with Deserts.

There's a coldie for you if we meet.

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