Cooper Crossing

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 07:30
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Hi all , just wondering, the Innamincka races were called off a few weeks back because of water over the crossing there I believe . Recent rains have flooded many Channell country roads ,and ive read the Coongie lakes are full, with all this wet weather what are the chances of the Cooper cutting the Birdsville track again ? , would love to be up that way at the time , if it happens, cheers..
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 08:23

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 08:23
Hi Marty

Like so many people, I to would love to see the Cooper cross the Birdsville Track again, but unfortunately there is not enough rain in central Quensland to cause it to make it that far south.

From previous flooding, the Channel country needs lots of rain and that has not happened this year.



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Reply By: marty d - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 13:19

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 13:19
Looking at the B.O.M. website the area in question has had from 200 to 400 mm MORE rain than normal at this time of year . Gee I thought that would be about enough to get the Cooper going ? , don't forget that there's been plenty of rain in the Eyre Basin (Marree, B'ville etc. )itself .
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 14:05

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 14:05
Hi Marty

The rain in the Birdsville and Marree area will have no effect of the Cooper flowing over the Birdsville Track at all as those river systems are not linked to the Cooper Creek. Even with all that local rain, it is not putting much water into Lake Eyre.

It needs a lot of rain all over the Channel Country of Central Queensland and from memory, at least 5 plus of metres of water in depth over the causeway at Innamincka before it even starts the long journey south.


If Mother Nature has its way, it will still be another 20 years or so until we can all relive those great moments of 2010 and 2011.



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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 14:26

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 14:26
Hi Marty

I should have posted these before but here we go now.

Quite often you need to disregard what the Media hype up about many stories, including that Lake Eyre is full of water this year.........Media crap to get you there, spend big money on a plane flight, then sorry......opps the water is not there.

These images were taken by me at all 3 vantage locations on Lake Eyre North ( Yes the area where the Media claim is full of water ) less than a month ago and as you can see, there is no water to be seen at all three locations.

Yes there may be puddles in the middle, so the only way that you will see them is with a minimum of a $450 per per plane flight from William Creek.


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Reply By: marty d - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 14:55

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016 at 14:55
Thanks mate for setting me straight with the correct info and pics . Golly 5 meters over the causeway !.
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Reply By: cookie1 - Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 at 08:43

Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 at 08:43
It would appear that maybe the ferry may be put into action as I noticed that the Cooper Creek Ferry road has been opened with caution
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Reply By: marty d - Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 at 10:22

Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 at 10:22
That would be terrific if that happened , I wasn't able to experience it last time.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 19:45

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 19:45
To answer some of the questions above, consult the Lake Eyre Yacht Club site.
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