RenMark Yunta Arkaroola via back way

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 13:12
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A few weeks ago I asked about going from Renmark to Arkaroola via back way thru Yunta.

Inaccurate or Out of date maps, Gpses and advice make planning tricky so one needs to be flexible !

Well we completed the route and it worked out quite well and hear are a few notes.




We began this trip from the old custom house on Murray saturday morning, camping could have been free but we paid $6 ahead and camped on the edge of Murray with long drop toilets as only facilities (Lovely).
Big signs said "Gas Fires Only" , I would have been tempted to light a real fire as others have clearly done but in a last minute change of kit I had decided to take a gas fire (and it worked - just).


OVERALL this 2 day trip went as follows (mostly names are homesteads).

we went via Renmark (Cheap fuel and Mc Cafe)
Renmark around north of Murrray and then north threw Danggali park.
Hypurna (abandoned homestead to check out - but has signs saying Abspectos)
Canopus (no access - free camps about 2km away at end of runway)
Morgan Vale (Road signs now point the way to Yunta.)
Oakbank Outstation (lots of Goats)
Quondong Vale
Lilydale
Tiverton
Yunta (nothing there but fuel)

Waukaringa ruins (Free camp Sunday, almost no firewood) - 4wding up hilltops out back in old gold mine area.

Curnamona
Note - our 2 gpses said go left near Curnamona (20km shorter than via Frome Downs but we went right to Frome Downs.)

Past Frome Downs (No public access)

Arkaroola ($25 bush camp Monday)

Roads were mostly dry and hence easy 2wd - only 4wd fun was out back of Waukaringa ruins

Note I noticed new signs before Danggali reading "OUTBACK ROADS 80kmh max
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 18:31

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 18:31
Glad it all worked okay for you Robin.

Sometimes the best trips are when we don't quite know how things are going to pan out......just ask the people who've been behind me when I've been a trip leader!!! hahahaha.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 13:10

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 13:10
Maybe /Maybe not Roachie.

Whilst away on latest trip, another member here took off with trailer sailor to Qld , got 1/2 way and broke trailer spring / Local Dobson dealer said cheap chinese junk steel and fitted new one / 24hr later they got emergency medical call causing them to abandon trip and had back to Vic / on way back second spring broke / This time same dealer whilst fitting new one noticed the "set" of first replaced was wrong so they holed up in motel whilst both were remade and fitted.
The second spring that broke caused bits to fly off hitting another car caused some real damage - with initial insurance company response of "WE not liable" !

Whilst 1/2 way home the got another call saying emergency not as bad as first thought - they abandoned the trip anyway and went back to vic even faster looking for someone to take out there anger on !



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Reply By: Zippo - Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 19:55

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 19:55
Interested in whether you tried the Ridgetop Tour or drove to Paralana Hot Springs ...
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 12:57

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 12:57
Did neither Zippo ,while having dinner and listening to Bush Poet , some others were complaining about tours $155 ahead cost.

Made me think about few years ago when family member organized the Porsche Cayenne launch up there and to be able tor film they had to pay the full cost of max potential earnings of that tour for several days to be able to do the launch.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 13:41

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 13:41
They're certainly about extracting maximum dollars from their victims\\\\\\\visitors, that's for sure. We DID succumb to the ridge tour, long bumpy ride but the far end was worthwhile.

They described the Paralana Springs road as "definitely 2WD". I'd defy ANY 2WD to get there with exhaust etc intact - it was difficult enough to challenge most 4WDs. Did they care? Nope.

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