Rain in Birdsville and South as well

Submitted: Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 06:45
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The Police have just advised me that the BIRDSVILLE TRACK is CLOSED to all traffic. Rain started at 3:00 this morning. Last night's report was Oodnadatta had 21 mm and Alice Springs 28 mm. Not much here yet but raining quietly and steadily. It is thought that the Cordillo Downs Road and road to Windorah will also be CLOSED - 8:00 a.m. will be the time to find out. Not known at this stage how much rain at Mungarannie or Marree - will advise when known.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 06:50

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 06:50
Message from Mt Dare - Mt Dare 40 mm, Kulgera 40mm, Maryvale 22, Andado 25mm. Very good rain.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 06:58

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 06:58
A few years back we got caught at Mt dare for 3 days.
The care takers at the the time Bob and Marion looked after us very well.
we had a ball.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 07:16

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 07:16
Raining at Innamincka and after Mungerannie had 25 mm they went to bed and haven't measured again yet!
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Reply By: madcow - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 07:26

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 07:26
There is a a group from work out there at the moment and if the rain persists they will be late coming back ;). Wodonga, Birdsville across to Oodnadatta and back in 10 days. Pheeww!
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 08:24

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 08:24
As I won't be near the computer for some hours if anyone needs information from this end please ring on (07) 46563214 -
Bazza and family here; Willem & Judith here; John R & Heather at Innamincka (still). Hope we've got enough grog for the EO Party. LOL.
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:17

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 16:17
goodday ruth
is that another friday funny enough grog
i thought they sent anthoer truck load especally for the occassionn
anyway bazza can brew up a batch of one of his lovely little drinks i am sure willem will havea bottle of lightning about somewhere john will probably havea beer or a port somewhere
glad there all safe anyway steve

ps if rain continues we may have to make the simpson plan b

steve
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 17:01

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 17:01
we were part way and only got 3mm luckily - got there 1.30
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 09:38

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 09:38
Hi Ruth,
We travelled the lower end of the Birdsville track yesterday when the rain was starting, and it was getting very greasy and slippery.

We'd just finished 2 perfect weeks away doing the Hay River run from Jervois, but came out the K1 line, so missed out calling into Birdsville.

Did Darren and the LCOOL mob get back into the desert??

Cheers, and thanks for the great info
Phil
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 13:08

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 13:08
Darren told me you were out there - lucky things. Showed him the coming weather map and he headed out - think they should have made the good dunes before the rain. You were lucky with the weather. Wish we were doing that trip. Ruth
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 11:23

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 11:23
Thanks for the update Ruth.....I know you need the rain up there, but all I can say is ........."bugga"!!! lolol ;-)
We were going to be leaving tomorrow morning, and probably still will. It's just that we don't reckon we'll get as far as we first thought......probably have to plant ourselves in the Flinders for a night or 2 (I can think of worse places to be holed up, eh?). Looking at the site www.transportsa.com.au reveals that all roads in the northeast corner of SA seem to be closed. The forecast seems to be for fine weather from now on, but I am wondering how long the roads are likely to take to be re-opened and also I imagine it would be even longer before the Simpson tracks are re-opened.
Oh well, we will adapt our plans........a bad days camping beats a good day at work anytime!!!!!!!!! Just a shame that we won't get to meet a lot of EO blokes and sheilas at Birdsville.
Say g'day to Willie, Judith and any others there that remember us.
Cya
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 13:11

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 13:11
Willie, Judith are comfy and content in their luxury CABIN!!! Have just made us poor workers Pumpkin Soup (delicious). Bazza, Kerry and Vanessa got in last night in their luxury Taj Mahal Camper trailer - so that makes 3 families (them and us) for the EO Party. John R & Heather (I told him to get here from Innamincka by Thursday!) are NOT here.
The supply truck with the food is ???? but we've plenty of wine & Beer.
Haha. Will go and give them your messages. See ya. Oh yes, taking to Desert Parks Rangers and they will bring out a new Simpson Bulletin today sometime.
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Reply By: Stoutman - Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 11:52

Friday, Jul 08, 2005 at 11:52
Great to see Central Australia getting all this rain. Not good for those stuck out there but it will dry out quickly.
I am off to the Birdsville Races this year and I would say there will be a "FIRM" track on raceday with all this rain. I am looking forward to our trip out there and a chance to give the Terracan a run in the outback with my Camper Trailer. Will have plenty of homebrew on board and looking forward to many "Happy Hours". It will be a 3 week trip (Bathurst to Bathurst) with about 5 days in Birdsville to absorb the atmosphere and go to the races.
I expect the country side will look great by the time we get there which will be the Wednesday before the races.
Enjoy the rain and its long term benefits.
Cheers
The Bigfella
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Reply By: Member Eric - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 08:09

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 08:09
Hi Ruth , wish i was still there , thank you so much for making our stay in Birdsville so memorable . Dean had a ball and still boasts about your bacon and eggs lol
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:36

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:36
Just came home from having dinner all together at the Big Red Cafe around the fire - needed the fire - it's reallly freeeeezing tonight in the breeze. Having a big camp over cook off tomorrow night after the boys and girls play on Big Red. Dean would enjoy being at dinner with us tonight - say hello to Dean for me (and to Costas also). Bet you wish you were still here!!!!
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