The Madigan Line

Has anyone recently travelled the Madigan Line? It doesn’t appear anywhere on the Explore Oz site or as a trek in maps. I notice Hema has it.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 07:26

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 07:26
StevenL uploaded some tracks some time ago. Very good for planning.

Track Logs Madigan Line and Hay River
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 13:44

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 13:44
I’ve been along Madigan a couple of times, Kevin, as well as one trip solo, where I only did Camps 1A-5 &Camp 16 to Annandale. It’s a good journey, except where folk chew up the western approaches to sandhills through a lack of commonsense & low tyre pressures.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 19:44

Monday, Jun 14, 2021 at 19:44
There are 2 Treks that cover this area:

Simpson Desert via Geosurveys Hill and Hay River.

We had these published years before the use of the term "Madigan Line" become in vogue.
We just haven't got around to combining a new Trek of that name but guess we really should. Will add it to the list.

Obviously the tracks do appear on the EOTopo map.
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 at 20:27

Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 at 20:27
Hi Michelle,
Its always been called the "Madigan line" and covers different country to those 2 treks.
Been discussed on the forum a long time:2005 Link
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 at 13:19

Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 at 13:19
travelled the full length of the Madigon about a mth ago with a group of 7 vehicles
compared to our last trip 2yrs ago it was so rough an chopped up all our vehicles got stuck several times
2 x LC200s 1 x LC79 1 Gq Nissan 2x Hiluxs an a Ranger all experienced off roaders
great trip though , only 2 punctures
cheers mechpete
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 08:51

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 08:51
Hey Pete, I'm part of a group planning to do the Madigan in a few weeks. Do you have any fuel usage figures for the vehicles in your group? Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 10:40

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 10:40
2x LC200 birdsville to mt dare via the rig road 114 lts
1 x LC 79 ,90lts , my GQ 110 lts , Hi luxes x3 ,90lts can,t remember the Ranger but about the same as Hilux
that was 597ks
Mt dare to Birdsville 797ks don,t have figures sorry but it is very chopped up ,all our vehicles got stuck several times , great trip though
cheers mechpete
fuel at Mt dare was $2,27 lt Rum cans were very cold
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 11:15

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 11:15
Thanks Pete. It's the 797kms from Mt Dare to Birdsville that I'd love to have fuel figures for. If any come to hand, please let me know. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 12:37

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 12:37
if you work on the figures based on Birdsville to Mt Dare
an add 200ks you be in the ball park cheers
mechpete
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 13:00

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 13:00
LC 79 V8 sc with alloy canopy:

117L via Annandale

133L via Hay track(south of Camp 16) & QAA.

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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 14:01

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 14:01
Thanks Pete and Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 11:39

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 11:39
Hi Kevin

Trevor David has a bit on the Madigan on this site. If you search Track Logs and enter Madigan Line a list will come up and Trevor David's is called " Warrnambool to Warrnambool ................" and takes in The Madigan Line route.
His post is " Madigan Line July18. Warrnambool to Warrnambool - NT"

He has some fuel figures .....

"Madigan Line MT Dare to Birdsville. Two Vehicles. 79 Series Cruiser six cylinder Diesel-1HD FTE used 120L approx. Hilux 2.7 Petrol 150 L approx. Track that time of the year was well defined. The approaches to the dunes badly chopped up with the sand being mostly firm, so basically low range up & over."

Not much other info, except for his trek map.

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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 12:40

Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 12:40
the 79 series v8 was the most economical of all the vehicles an it had a tailgate camper on its back
it was within a lt of the hiluxes every fuel stop
that amazed the rest of us ,it beat the LC200 s by 20lts every time
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