Innamincka to Birdsville via Coongie Lake

Submitted: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 13:32
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We're in the early stages of planning a trip through the Simpson and I'd like to include the Coongie Lakes on the way. Is it possible to drive between Innamincka and Birdsville via the Coongie Lakes without backtracking? If so what's the standard?
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Reply By: dean ( SA ) - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 15:14

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 15:14
Nope......
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Reply By: tim_c - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 16:26

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 16:26
I didn't know there was a way through - I thought the road to Coongie Lake was a no-through road and you come back out the way you go in. It wasn't a particularly bad road and some varying scenery from memory so backtracking shouldn't deter you quite like it might deter you from a visit to Halligans Bay on Lake Eyre!
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:03

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:03
I vaguely recall a discussion on the forum regarding someone travelling along the Walker Crossing route and being shown a direct route to Coongie Lake by one of the oil and gas teams out there.

So if my memory is correct than it may be possible, but noting it may not be available to all and sundry.

Enjoy your trip…

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:25

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:25
Out of interest, thought I would test my memory...

Found it, a post by member Boobook (you might like to message him).

This thread will give you detail...

Walkers Crossing Side Track.

Cheers, Baz - The Landy



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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 20:21

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 20:21
Geez, nothing wrong with your memory Baz!

As a reminder, that is a track on private land owned by Santos. I got permission from their security department. There are tons of trucks on the roads. The roads are in very good condition subject to flooding of Cooper creek.

I have no idea if they would still give permission. Lastly we were asked to display a sand flag.
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Reply By: Coenen N & G (WA) - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 18:05

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 18:05
Walkers Crossing was closed last week due to flooding, so you might be best to contact Innamincka or someone nearby to learn road conditions before you head out there. Coongie Lakes were filled by this water and the track out there closed too. Hope it dries out for you though as it is a wonderful place to go.
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Reply By: Member - DarbW - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 20:57

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 20:57
Thanks for the information and enough to keep planning...
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