Camping in a dry creek bed anyone ?

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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 21:49

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 21:49
That's a real eye opener, the thing I found interesting was which way their vehicles were facing!

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Follow Up By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 09:54

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 09:54
Hi Shaker,

I was always aware about camping in creek beds and the possible dangers.
This is a good example of why we don't.
Maybe they had the cars facing that way because they turned around to check it out.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 16:34

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 16:34
The vehicles looked to be parked on a bitumen road, as though they were passing through. I did not see any camp.
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Follow Up By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 18:12

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 18:12
Hello Peter.

I was making a general comment about the dangers of camping in creek/river beds.
I didn't make any comment that they were camping there.

And I think the comment on which way the cars were facing was in reference to that if they were going to travel the way the cars were facing they should have driven moved onto the other side of the creek before the water came.

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Reply By: Member - Odog - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 08:43

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 08:43
Had similar thing happen to us at Chambers Gorge in the Flinders. Camped up on the bank, woke to what sounded like trucks driving on rough roads in the distance.. listened to it for an hour or so, until massive crack of lightning followed immediately by the deafening thunder.. think we set the record for quickest pack up that morning..
Massive down pour followed, the track, being in the river bed was already flowing. Got out just in time, a few swollen creek crossings, saw us at the bottom of the range, 25km from Blinnman?.. that was it, had no choice but to back track to Wirrapeana? Station. (Not sure on spelling of that).. they put us up in the shears kitchen for the night.. many thanks for that, along with another older couple.. was a great night..
One thing though, as quick as the water will rise, it drops just as quick.. heard that someone lost a camp trailer that same morning, station workers said they were monitoring 4 vehicles in a Gorge, on the uhf, not sure if they tried to drive into where we just came out of.. the Flinders is quite unique.. but still has that untamed,unpredictable feel.. thanks for sharing that clip.. cheers Odog
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 16:40

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 16:40
We were camped in Billy Grace, Wee Jasper. There was a woman camped down on the lower level when I left (bright sunny day) the next day I got some pictures from those that had stayed behind. Around 2300 hours the river rose and they did not get everything out from her camp for her. She spent the rest of the night in a camper trailer with another couple.
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Reply By: Danna - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 22:55

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at 22:55
It use to be one of the golden rule " never camp in dry creek or river". doesn't matter how inviting it can it look.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 at 08:27

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 at 08:27
As they found out the hard way on Survivor Australia a few years ago.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:16

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:16
When I was a kid it was commonly said that way more people drowned in the outback than perished from thirst. This is a very timely reminder
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