Rain, Rain, does it again.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 22:20
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Hi Everyone

Just a thumbs up for those wanting to travel outback roads in South Australia...it is time to put your plan B into action.

The one that will cause some stress for many is the closure of the Birdsville Track...just like last year in time for the Big Red Bash.

Let's hope it dries out quick and reopens soon.



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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 07:20

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 07:20
Also entire Strzelecki Tk this morning, inc Cameron Cnr access.
Very likely NSW and QLD roads will also be affected.

https://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/OutbackRoads#map
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 07:32

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 07:32
Hi Les

And as you know being a " Crow Easter " they are talking another rain front on Monday, so there will be many worried Big Red Basher patrons watching these conditions like a cat watching a mouse....lol

Not sure how much rain you have had in the Big Smoke Les, but we have had 5 mm of rain here in Clare with more expected today.


Keep dry where ever you are.


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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 08:08

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 08:08
Yes the poor old BRB attendees might be struggling to get in / out, or face a very big detour via NSW, western QLD and Windorah.
We've had groups coming home from the deserts having to come out via Bourke / Cobar in the past !!
Hopefully the event will be ok with little rain and a dry few days.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 07:48

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 07:48
Gday fellas, are you safely home, or stuck in the Birdsville pub??
b4 you bag me out, walk a mile in my shoes, then your a mile away and have my shoes :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 08:05

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 08:05
Hi Dozer

I am home, but feeling very sorry for everyone that has planned on heading up the Birdsville Track next week.

We have been there and done that many times and know just how muddy a wet Birdsville Track can be.


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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 14:29

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 14:29
Hey Stephen, not much fun up the east coast either mate.

We are considering hiring out as rainmakers. Followed us all the way from sunshine coast a couple of weeks ago right up to Cairns, so we headed up into the Atherton plateau through the aptly named Misty Mountains and won't let up. ... Queensland - the sunshine state Not!

NT and Kimberly are looking a far better bet right now.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 19:51

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 19:51
Hi Phil

Is that normal for Queensland, as I thought that it should be perfect up your way for this time of the year.


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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 20:47

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 20:47
Birdsville track is open to 4x4's
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 22:51

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 22:51
Hi Ivan


Have you ever driven the Birdsville Track when it is open to 4 X 4 only ?

It is still extremely wet and muddy and does a lot of damage to the track and no fun to drive.


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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 21:26

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 21:26
Yes. The day after it was opened.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 23:37

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 23:37
How bad was it Ivan, and are you heading up to Birdsville?

All the BRBers are in for a take away treat......they say KFC will be there....ha ha

There you are hundreds of kilometres from the nearest major cetre and then you can spoil yourself in Birdsville with KFC.....they must be on to a good thing and will do a booming trade.


Have fun


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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 12:30

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Wasn't to bad. Only issue was the water in the creek crossings.
One of the reasons we go outback is to get away from people so we steer clear of large events
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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 21:01

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 21:01
Would you believe this is the DRY SEASON Stephen?

But I am reminded this is rainforest country.

We are not far from Babinda which views with Tully as the wettest place in OZ.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:31

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:31
Hi Phil

Yes indeed rainforest country is often very wey and you live in. Great part of Australia.

That big green gumboot at Tully is a testament to its annual rainfall and from someone down south, makes you ponder just how wet it gets up your way.


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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 21:41

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 21:41
Plan B? A very big detour?

How about going via Alice Springs and Madigans Line?

In the last 14 days I travelled from Alice to Birdsville and back along Madigans Line. The weather was excellent most of the time and perfect in Birdsville on 22/06/17- 26 degrees, no wind, no flies.

The Western end of Madigans received 2mm in the last 2 days. Driving back to Alice today the weather was fine- 14 degrees, sunny, strong southerly wind.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:33

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:33
Hi John

That sure is a detour.

I bet you had a great time.


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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:26

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:26
And the good old Bulloo Shire has closed nearly all the dirt roads in the shire after 6 mls of rain on Wednesday. Unfu**enreal! 6 mls - the shire is drought declared so imagine that 6 ml is like pouring 2 drops onto a sponge. Fair dinkum and they bleat about attracting tourists to the area. We too have had the princely sum of 6 mls and all it has done on our station roads is settle the dust - there isn't a puddle to be seen! Toni
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:36

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 07:36
Hi Toni

A Friend of mine should be staying with you soon, so hepefully he will be able get in after they open the roads.

Are you expecting any more rain?


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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 19:36

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 19:36
Hi Stephen, no more rain and they have opened our road now. It still stops our visitors from coming to see us. And the annoyingest thing is they are booked in but don't even bother to give us a ring and tell us they not coming. Hope your friend has a good trip. Cheers Toni
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 08:47

Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 08:47
Hi Toni

Looks like I spoke too soon.....

I should have zoomed in on his SPOT location, as we are following his daily progress.

He arrived at your place 2 days ago and is still there.

His name is Chris, drives a white D Max with camper on the back, but the down side is he is a Mexican......lol

When you see his, whisk him all the best and tell him I want a full report on your great station before he leaves.


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