Shortcut from Walkers Crossing to Coongie Lakes ?

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 at 19:13
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Reading an archived thread regarding this topic & wondering if anyone has recently been successful in gaining access to the shortcut?
The below is from a 2014 thread.
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 at 19:20

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 at 19:20
In a nutshell, it’s a closed road to the public and you will not get permission to use it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cuppa - Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 at 20:38

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 at 20:38
Yes I looked at that 'short cut' hopefully on the map when we went from Birdsville to Coongie lakes in 2017, but ended up having to go via Innamincka. Loved Coongie Lakes btw.
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Reply By: Peter J4 - Monday, Aug 22, 2022 at 07:31

Monday, Aug 22, 2022 at 07:31
We used to travel those tracks before it all became NP, also before Walkers crossing became the established PAR as we would meet up with the western end of the current Walkers Crossing track. You couldn't get across the creek near Kudemetchie (sp) if there was too much water in it. You could also keep going NW and miss the tail of the Coopers and come out further north on the Birdsville Track. They were all either rabbiters tracks or station tracks.
Used to visit Lake Massacre and the memorial plaque to Charlie Grey as well.
I will always remember the first time we went across that way and we hit a much bigger track that had more traffic and we stopped to work out where we were. While we were consulting the topo map and measuring the k's we had travelled since the last known location (no GPS in those days) an old bloke came along in a beat up F100 and stopped to chat as everyone did in those days. After remarking on the weather and state of the country he eventually asked "where did you fella's come from today?" our reply of"that faint track there" met with astonishment and even more astonishment when we asked "is this the Birdsville track?" as his laconic reply of "well you've been driving on it since Maree" . He had no idea that track went anywhere and had lived there all his life!
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Aug 22, 2022 at 07:39

Monday, Aug 22, 2022 at 07:39
That looks like my old map when I passed through. The issue is that it's private active mining land. I had special permission which wasn't difficult to get at the time, but as Steve said, there is no guarantee, and I am sure it's tougher now than then.

The tracks appear to move or get unused, as I noted in that post. I would not be surprised to see that those are no longer traversable these days.

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