COONGIE LAKES, WALKERS CROSSING

Submitted: Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 12:04
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Good news, Coongie Lakes are full but Walkers Crossing closed a few days ago due to floding. Thought I'd let you know in case any early traveller was hoping to come through the Crossing. No, have no idea yet how long for. Weather hot and dry - although heat showers around. Hakuna matata!
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian (Member) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 12:24

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 12:24
Hi Ruth,

Good to see the reports coming through again. We'll be back with you for a few days again in late June.

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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:51

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:51
Hi Peter and Jan, got lots of comments whilst 'dressed up' over the holidays!!! Thanks again. Look forward to seeing you in late June.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 21:13

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 21:13
When will you be up there Pete? we are leaving melbourne on the 25th and should be in birdsville around the 28/29th

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Follow Up By: Peter McGuckian (Member) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 20:33

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 20:33
Eric,

We are also leaving Melbourne 25th June and plan to be in Birdsville by the 30th for three days. We'll be with two other vehicles, two of us will be towing Ultimates.

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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 01:08

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 01:08
Not sure which way your going , but we are going to Coober Pedy then Dailhousie springs first

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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:31

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:31
Hi Ruth - does this mean the Cooper is therefore quite high at Innamincka ? Any figures ?
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:53

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:53
Yes/No - trying to be ambivalent and succeeding, I think. Not confirmed report that water has now dropped on Causeway at Innamincka. How's that for an 'I don't know' answer,Banjo? Haha.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:58

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:58
Hiya Ruthie, lovely to see you back here again, hope we can be there for the National event. I see you have no little button to member message you and I got a MM the other day with (Null) as a name from. I know that isn't like you ;-) Regards to Ian.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:56

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:56
Yes, well John, apparently that was my name when I MM'd the other day - someone else assumed it was me also. Ian is busy watering up (as they say here) - inside as well as outside!! Stinking hot - 47 for about the 8th day so forced to go to the Pub for refreshments tonight so we don't dehydrate. You should be a little cold from the weather reports.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 15:02

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 15:02
You have to do via email john click on her pic then email thats what i did.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:58

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:58
Hey Baz, after I got that email the other day I had to ring Michelle in WA to find out how to reply! Amazing - all I had to do was push the button marked REPLY. (Think I miss my MM button though).
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 16:19

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 16:19
Hi Ruth,

Will be in Birdsville early Oct, returning to Brisbane from the Kimberley. Hope not too busy for you then? Have 4 vehicles and trailers.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:00

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:00
Oh Beatit, sounds like you'll be having a terrific trip. We'll be here and should have plenty of room. Stay for the summer if you like. Good photos - looks like you live in the north.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 11:05

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 11:05
Hi Ruth,

Brisvegas actually! Took a shot of us crossing the Pascoe last time we were at the Cape, very interesting crossing. Very educational as well, realised I wanted a diff locker - have done this trip twice and every time I seem to take the worng line out of the river on the other side. Get one front and one rear wheel in the air (not real good and one we can put down to driver error!). My wife reckons I never learn but she was wrong (not often wrong - checked that with her) on this occassion because I have the locker.

Expect things to warm up in Oct but still some chilly nights no doubt, would love to stay but after 3 months off will need to get back to work (hope to forget about work - I mean right down to which floor I work on) on this trip.

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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:45

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:45
Hey Beatit, 'sitting in a tinny on the Pascoe River' - love that song. Going to catch me a Queenfish one day. I love Brisvegas (born there). Surprised that you get so much wrong - haha. October will be warm - not sure I ever remember any chilly nights then! The campfire will be good and you can tell us all your stories of the Kimberleys.
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:44

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:44
Hello Ruth

Got the puter working again? Good.

Coongie Lakes would be beautiful with all that water in it

Everything is Hot and Cold here in the Deep South but we are weathering it all(pun intended).

Will catch up with you at the EO gathering in July on our way back from WA

CYA
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:03

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:03
Noticed your weather has been chilly - 5 in Keith yesterday a.m. (that's cool) also talking about possibility of snow in the High Country - could do with some here - 47 for last 8 days and still 39 at 11:00 p.m. - yuk. Think I've got the 'puter sorted - still hate it when it's naughty. My knees are good at the moment - how's yours? Going to the rubbedy tonight to keep the fluids up.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:04

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:04
Howdy Ruth,

So I guess I have to cross my fingers again that Walkers Crossing is open by August. One day I will be able to use that track....one day...lol

Thankyou for the info.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:43

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:43
Hi Glenn, must have gone to the Pub and missed you last night. Old boy a bit sorry this a.m. Don't worry about Walkers - maybe the dust storm that arrived at 3:00 a.m. will be gone by August also! Can't see a thing - you'd think it was 5 minutes after daybreak instead of nearly 9 o'clock.
If it's any consolation we have the same problem with Walkers also.
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:59

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 19:59
G'day Ruth

Great to see the reports coming in from Birdsville. I notice the weather is kinda scorching. I was out at The Monument township a week ago and it wasn't too pleasant there either.

Coongie lLakes full...damn I wish Iwas going there on the way over to the Kimberly (noe there is a detour). We missed it last time as couldn;t get past Kudriemitchie. I am off to Kimberly April 29 so I hope the Plenty and Tanami will be drier than The Cooper region. Unfortnately Justine can't come along this time and isn't she peeved about that!!! I wil take Dad instead as a 70th Bday present.

Hope to catch you in Birsville again one day soon.

David
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:45

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:45
How are you both! Nice this a.m. - no airconditioner on but can't see anything because of the dust. Great trip you're having - bet Justine is very miffed at not going on this trip. I haven't been to the Kimberley yet either - maybe we could have a girl's EO trip there. Sure Dad will enjoy the trip though. Keep the reports coming. See you soon.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:23

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:23
Justine gave the big nod to that idea!!!
Will keep all updated

Cheers
David
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 20:40

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 20:40
goodday ruth
we are hoping to come up there in early august but not to sure how close you moved sydney in your previous post as we need parking for the 4bs lololol

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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:47

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:47
Very funny - I did apologise for my geographical error! Are you coming after the National Gathering Baz is so kindly organising? Like your little elf.
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 12:43

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 12:43
goodday ruth
yes we will be later than baz,s meeting unfortunaely but with 2 still working we have to plan around holidays that coincide
we hope to be up there the 2nd week of august as long as the weather is kind we will do a double crossing of the simpson rig rd going poepells cnr coming back
will ring closer to time to book etc

steve
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Reply By: Member Eric - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 21:17

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 21:17
i will finaly get to meet you in late June , will be heading to you via Dailhousie springs . Will be in convoy with member Nick /Crazy/ Disco Jim . Should I bring the rod up for some yellow belly ? or is that all a mith ? lol
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:51

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:51
Yes, but Eric, I know more about you that you about me!!! Your "friends" have told me. Good flush in the river at the moment and our freezer has plenty of Diamantina Barra in it for visitors. Like to get a bit more so we can have it on the Menu for the National Gathering - don't need a rod, we just use handlines (no, not nets or gelly). Sounds like a disreputable crew you are bringing with you - should fit in with the rest of the EO people. LOL.. Hakuna matata, Eric.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 01:10

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 01:10
No worries For the rest of your days ?
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 21:52

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 21:52
G'day Ruth and say the same to the ould fellow there with u ..Jen (SHMBO) also sends her regards
Steve
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:53

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:53
Thank you and same to you. Ould fellow not too good this a.m. - still abed - says there was something wrong with the hops last night. Bleating about a cuppa tea (and it's only 8.55 a.m.). What's been happening over your way?
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 17:42

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 17:42
G'day Ruth,

Good to see you and Ian are back. Hope you plan to keep your weather down there, ours is almost reasonable up here. Only had one dust storm this week. Mornings are cool, until work starts, anyway.

Have had 2 below average floods here(ho-hum), but better than nothing. Gotta keep your Barra alive, eh.

Went to Brissy for a fortnight, at end of Feb. No more boarding school for us.

Don't know any goss.

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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:42

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:42
Finally, Bob - no more school! It's been a LONG time. What's Baby Girl going to do now? Last two mornings very pleasant at 18 - no A/C overnight. Had good send-off for Frank Booth on Sunday ('bout 400 here). Good run in river at moment - although down to 3.4 at Monkira and falling. Might 'cause little drama with Cattle Drive, do you think? Going to new "secret" yabbie hole this afternoon - Ian's going to take an Esky down there full (stubbies) and bring it home full (yabbies - big ones). He's waiting for the old crossing to have enough water to do his fish catching trick again. Not much goss here - same old, same old - but you'll have to get down here for the National Gathering. We're going to DL straight after the Races again this year.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 11:59

Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 11:59
Reckon we might save some money now, Ruth, eh? The Girl is off to South Africa on an exchange visit, in July, so may not get to EO gathering. Had planned an overnighter down there to meet everyone.

Ricko said there was a big farewell for Frank.

Better come up here for tea one night while you're at the Lakes. Keep in touch about that.

Might see you next week, planning to go to Telemetry Field Days at William Creek on 18-19th. Might be meeting Ricko in Birdsville as well and travel down together.

Storms about here during the week, but nothing to write home about!! River is still running in couple of the main channels here.

Leave a few crawchees for the tourists, eh!

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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 23:53

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 23:53
Hi Ruth look forward to meeting you & Ian on Sunday 20 March will be travelling with Scotty from TLCV and leaving on the 22nd.
Couple of questions:
Any yabbies about,
Any fish,
Is there any chance the inside track to Clifton Hills station will be open.
also what temperatures can we expect.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:51

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:51
Sorry to be so long Bernie in replying - now, last two mornings it's been 18 overnight - very nice (no a/c needed) and about 34 max (very nice also) - hope this stays. River's rising at the moment - but 6 fish caught yesterday not far from here and this a.m. 18 large yabbies in the new "secret" yabbie hole (as opposed to last year's "secret" hole). We are going down this afternoon with a few pots (stubbies and yabbie pots that is) to catch some more. They were big yabbies, so we suspect they are on the move up river as the freshwater comes down. Now, the inside track was open and working at the weekend - for you it's going to depend how fast and far this new Diamantina water gets too - keep in touch.
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