Roadside camping suggestion Strezlecki Track

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 16:57
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Hi there
Is there any particular spot between the Cameron Corner turnoff and Lyndhurst where you can park a van safely for the night?
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Reply By: Member - Garth M1 - Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:18

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:18
Hi, we recently camped on the south-western side of Strzelecki Creek where it crosses the Strzelecki Track.
We have a Toyota Hilux with canopy and Budutec rooftop which weighs 3t all-up. There was plenty of firewood around for a good fire to cook and keep warm.
We were going north and on leaving it looked like it would be fine to camp on the northern side.
Garth
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Follow Up By: Member - Roy J1 - Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:53

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:53
Thanks Garth, I was actually looking for somewhere a bit further south.

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Roy
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:45

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:45
Haven't stayed there in many years, but Montecollina Bore was a decent spot, camped there just the once.
Plenty of room from memory, and decent access.
About 75km south of the Merty Merty / Strz junction.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roy J1 - Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:54

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:54
Thanks mate, this is exactly what I was hoping for. A perfect position and looks fabulous.

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Follow Up By: luxtourer - Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 18:15

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 18:15
Unfortunately Montecollina Bore is not what it used to be. We stayed there over a month ago, no other visitors arrived. No water any more, and looks like it has been that way for a while (see review). The toilet is long gone, and the picnic tables in the shelters are slowly being covered in sand, plus the area is now fenced (in a fashion).
May still suit your purposes of course, but don't expect an oasis.

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John
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Follow Up By: Member - Roy J1 - Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 18:20

Sunday, Jun 13, 2021 at 18:20
Thanks John.
I'm not surprised to hear things aren't what they once were, but, it will suit our purpose.
A good break point between Cameron Corner store and Lyndhurst.

Cheers
Roy
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Reply By: Chris J16 - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 08:10

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 08:10
We were there three weeks ago and it was exactly as Luxtourer described.
We also came across one of these about 500m from the entrance to the bore.
It is a 2m long Inland Taipan the worlds most poisonous snake, the biggest and nastiest snake I've come across, we drove past it three times to get photos and it wasn't backing of.

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Follow Up By: Member - Roy J1 - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 08:14

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 08:14
Thanks Chris, always good to receive confirmation. Yes, I'm familiar with Taipans and had an 'experience' with one many years ago. They're best left well alone.
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Follow Up By: Chris J16 - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 08:42

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 08:42
Hi Roy,

We had no intention of camping along the Strzelecki, but what I did see as some good spots as we travelled down it towards Lyndhurst where the wash-aways and dry creeks that crossed the track in numerous places,
it looked like you could drive up them a 100m or so and camp, plenty of wood, trees, flat, private and a sandy bottom.
Obviously a no go if lots of rain predicted or fallen previously.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 09:04

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 09:04
Chris, nice photo, but not an Inland Taipan.

More of a Pythons head / body, and scales differ, but can't tell for sure if it has heat pits on the lower jaw, a sure sign of a Python (they can still give a nasty, non venomous bite).

Do you have a higher res photo and can crop out the head a bit ?

Looks like a Woma Python, markings are very light, but desert species adapt in that way.

Unless sure, best to treat all snakes as venomous and back off slowly.
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Follow Up By: Chris J16 - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 09:10

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 09:10
Hi Les,

You may be right, I initially though it had the body of a Python rather than a snake, did some research and considering the area we were in and its colours it seem to add up to a Inland Taipan, but it was very long and thick for a snake, it girth was similar to a mans bicep, not mine!!

Will look up Woma Python.

Sorry don't have any better photos, they were taken by the wife with an iPhone and she was shitting herself, most of them are blurred.
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 11:09

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 11:09
Quite difficult to see the head colour but the body thickness and faint banding is very typical of a Black Headed python. Unlike a taipan, a fairly slow moving animal, much happier to move along than be confronting.
But as Les suggests, better to treat them all as venomous........
mike
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 12:44

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 12:44
I’d suggest Les is correct with his ID of this fellow being a Woma. The BH python has a glossy black head that runs down his neck to his “shoulders”, so to speak. They can be a bit feisty at times, in Qld anyway, while in the Kimberley, they seemed very placid.

The Inland Taipan, while similar with stripes along the body, usually have a black head only, but in some land types the head appears to be more a brown colour. Driving around Diamantina Lakes NP one afternoon looking for cattle, and came across a most magnificent specimen, sunning himself, while scaring passers-by, such as me. Black head, stripes and a thickish body, but not aggressive on this occasion.

By the way Chris, they are world’s most venomous reptile!

Bob

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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 13:07

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 13:07
I stepped on one once while looking ahead for a strainer post to put in a gate and not paying attention to where I was putting my feet. I'm here to tell the tale because, luckily the D8 stepped on it first and it had a few kinks in it.
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