Haig to Cocklebiddy

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 02, 2021 at 21:50
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Hi, in the past few weeks has anyone done the track from Haig on the transline down to Cocklebiddy?
Will be going that way towards the end of the Sept, and Haig down seems a much better option than backtracking from Rawlinna to Balladonia.
Thanks for any feedback.
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Reply By: Gramps - Thursday, Sep 02, 2021 at 23:02

Thursday, Sep 02, 2021 at 23:02
Are you sure you don't mean Rawlinna to Cocklebiddy ? Did that in April.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Friday, Sep 03, 2021 at 18:04

Friday, Sep 03, 2021 at 18:04
Thanks Gramps. Yes, I did mean Haig, because I plan to continue along the transline to there before heading south.
Looked like it might be a bit better track than the one down from Rawlinna, but intetested to hear how you found that that one in April.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Sep 04, 2021 at 08:58

Saturday, Sep 04, 2021 at 08:58
Wildmax,

I just checked Hema’s GDT SW map & they have a note on the map recommending your proposed route, through Haig. Reason being the station tracks through Rawlinna Station, north of “Arubiddy”, may cause some confusion, or words to that effect.

A group of us travelled north from Cocklebiddy, in June ‘18, to Rawlinna. Was slow going north of “Arubiddy” because of the frequency of protruding limestone in the wheel tracks & plenty of gates.



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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Sep 04, 2021 at 14:25

Saturday, Sep 04, 2021 at 14:25
Yes it is a slow drive Bob, but we found it interesting.

Just keep the speed down and keep an eye on the track for the Limestone outcrops.

Not sure why Hema Maps would say that, as when we did it there were a number of signs on the gates to let you know you were on the right track.

Yes there are other side tracks going off, but like any bush track, keep to the well used track.

Unless the signs have been removed, you would have to be blind to get lost.

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Saturday, Sep 04, 2021 at 22:13

Saturday, Sep 04, 2021 at 22:13
Wildmax,

I travelled North from Cocklebiddy through Arubiddy Station then to Rawlinna. Track to the transline was much as Bob Y and Stephen L have described. Pretty slow going with lots of limestone outcrops and "boulders" along vermin proof fence. Once I got to transline it was smooth as to Rawlinna. Did'nt see either of the signs Stephen has in his photos although there was one for Rawlinna at a fork in the track to Arubiddy homestead.

Unfortunately I was travelling without a 'gate opener' so that got a tad tiresome.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 at 08:51

Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 at 08:51
A screen shot of Hema GDT SW map:



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Follow Up By: Gramps - Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 at 09:13

Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 at 09:13
Bob Y,

I see you went through the gate for Rawlinna Station. I chickened out and went along the fence to the transline.

Screenshot of Westprint "Australia's Outback Tracks"

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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 at 10:55

Sunday, Sep 05, 2021 at 10:55
Thanks everyone for taking the trouble to provide some feedback on this query. Much appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Echucan Bob - Wednesday, Sep 08, 2021 at 22:15

Wednesday, Sep 08, 2021 at 22:15
The Cocklebiddy to Rawlinna Rd doesn’t offer a lot of shade.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Sep 09, 2021 at 09:01

Thursday, Sep 09, 2021 at 09:01
That is why the area is called The Nullarbor Plain. :-)

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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 at 22:02

Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 at 22:02

Just answered my own question, for anyone interested.
The trans line from Kalgoorie to Haig is in good condition, and a pretty easy run with the usual caveats about driving to the conditions. Interesting sights along the way, and good opportunities to camp - we chose Zanthus and Haig, but you are spoiled for choice and there is plenty of rail traffic to keep you interested.
The drop down from Haig to the Eyre Highway near Cocklebiddy is another story - quite a challenge for vehicle and driver (not to mention my passenger, who also had to open and close innumerable gates!!)
It is basically rock all the way, and if you want to avoid damage most of the time is spent checking wheel placement rather than admiring the (extremely flat) view.
It took us six hours to cover just under 120 km, and when we aired up back on the highway I was congratulating myself on getting through unscathed. Then, another 20 km on the bitumen and one of the camper tyres gave me a stern message.
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 at 22:15

Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 at 22:15
Wildmax,

Hahaha sounds like everyone had a great time.

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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 at 22:20

Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 at 22:20
Going to need a couple of plugs for that one Wildmax.
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