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Whilst researching a project I have come across the highest sand dune in the world. It is in Eastern Algeria in the Sahara Desert and it is 465 metres above the plain. The longest sand dunes are found in the Simpson Desert at 200 kilometres on length.

I visited a dune in Namibia once which is 340 metres in height above the plain.

In comparison Big Red crossing point is about 30 metres above the plain and the highest point of the dune is 90 metres above seal level. The highest dune crossing on the Canning Stock Route meaures out at 17 metres above the track.

Don't have any figures on Canunda NP at Beachport or Fraser Island as there are some large dunes in those areas. The dunes in the southern part of the Nuytsland Nature Reserve in WA called Bilbunya Dunes I will be measuring later this year..hopefully. According to Member Davoe who recently visited there, they are quite spectacular.
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Reply By: Pluto - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:00

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:00
Another one to add to you stats Willem, is Calcup Hill near Northcliffe. The summit is 236m above sea level and the track reaches 160m.

Definitely worth a visit, if you're coming over this way.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:21

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:21
Thanks Pluto

Northcliffe is in our intended path of travel and will definitely have alook at it.
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:27

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:27
Likewise. I'l have to put Bilbunya on my tick list.
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:31

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:31
I have a couple of GPS tracks for Calcup, which I was going to post to plotswap some time. message me if you're interested in a copy.
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 18:11

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 18:11
Willem,

You might consider this trek, when you're in the area.

Warren Beach Dunes

A realy nice day trip, if you can cross the Warren at the mouth.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:05

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:05
A very good trek indeed:), must do it again one day soon

Willem - due to long waiting lists I suggest you apply for your Visa to get into WA ASAP.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:52

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:52
Greg
Can't I just come as a boat person lol
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 21:35

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 21:35
Do Nissans float? - knew they were good for something:)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 21:50

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 21:50
I am coming in the Toyota...hahahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - muzzgit - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 02:23

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 02:23
Calcup hill on one side of the Warren river and Yeagerup dunes on the other (big, long climb). I was there last weekend, lovely spot, usaully windy on the beach but good camping back in a bit. River good for a wash after being in da bush for a few days !! Nearly always some silly bugger with too much air in tyres, having a hard time of it.

Both tracks, softest part is coming off the beach. Small but sticky little mounds that surprise many.
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 23:44

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 23:44
Hi Pluto.I hope you and your partner had a good Xmas and new year,I would be interested to vist Warren Beach some time ,is it far from
Perth.And would you be interested in a trip
kind regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 05:50

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 05:50
Sorry Uppy,

For taking so long to respond. I've been working away and missed your post.

Unfortunately for the same reason, I can't head down the coast with you. I promise to catch up when I'm home.
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Reply By: glenno(bris) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:20

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:20
I thought the highest sand dune in the world was Mt Tempest on moreton island (qld) . I made the mistake of trying to climb to the top once . When you think you are climbing to the top of the highest ridge you soon realise that there is a higher one behind it .
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Follow Up By: glenno(bris) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:25

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:25
I correct myself (its the highest coastal sand dune).
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:26

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:26
So how high is it?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:26

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:26
According to my Topo map Mt Tempest is 280 metres asl which is still pretty impressive. Must visit that one too one day! You have to be a young fella or very fit to clinmb a sand dune!
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Reply By: glenno(bris) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:27

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:27
I was a young fella in the seventies .
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:37

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:37
I know the feeling having not remembered the 60's :o)

I see the that the highest point on Fraser island is Burrgum Hill at 235 metres asl.
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Follow Up By: glenno(bris) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:46

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:46
Very interesting . Another thing that i have always wanted to know is 1/. Where is the highest altitude road in australia that you can drive on and the highest road in the world that you can drive a 4wd on .
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:53

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:53
Taking a stab in the dark here Glenno but I would say the highest road in Aus must be around the Jindabyne area in the high country. I believe that the highest 4x4 track is in the Himalayas somewhere. I am sure that Michael Palin took such a route not so long ago. I have been on a bitumen road at 8000feet in the Sierra Nevada in the USA. Even in summer there was snow around...brrrrr
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Follow Up By: glenno(bris) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 18:02

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 18:02
http://freespace.virgin.net/john.cletheroe/usa_can/scenroad/trr.htm
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Follow Up By: Plugger - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:39

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:39
Glenno I think Cabramurra in the Snowy Mountain area of NSW is the highest township in Australia. The drive across Mt Selwyn in that region would be pretty close to the highest road. Plugger

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Follow Up By: glenno(bris) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:56

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 20:56
http://www.colomar.com/ColoradoPlaces/mosquito_pass.html
Mosquito pass USA
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 14:18

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 14:18
Glenno, India.

Khardungla Pass
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 08:21

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 08:21
The highest road in Oz would have to be the one to the top of Kozzie, been up there a couple of times when I was a kid, but these days it is management vehicles only ;-)) Good old NPWS.
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Follow Up By: toymn8r - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 19:15

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 19:15
Rode a mountain bike from Blue cow to tip of Kozi a few years back was a blast coming back down. Not so fun going up though. One of the best days I've had in the snowys. Could see for miles from the trig point at the summit.
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Reply By: CruiserHead - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 13:17

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 13:17
Fraser Island is a NNE trending sand island that is 124 km long and reaches a maximum elevation of 266 m above sea level.

cheers, CH
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