Southern Flinders 4x4 tracks

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:10
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Mt Arden...........Drove 130km out to Quorn today to get the key and pay $35 track access fee for Mt Arden but on arrival was told that the owners of the property could not be contacted for confirmation and that Mt Arden was a No Go for today. Was a tad disappointed

Arden Hills Track.....Seeing as I had driven out there I shrugged my shoulders and paid for the Arden Hills Track and received the key. The track(on a private sheep station) runs out from Warren Gorge and does a couplke of loops up through the ranges. There are a few serious uphills and downhills. There are two loops and the track is One-Way and one comes to within cooee of Mt Arden anyway. Spectacular scenery, diverse flora, some sheep, kangaroos and hawks. Pretty much 2nd and 3rd Low Range with one pinch requiring 1st Low. A worthwhille trek which took around 4.5 hours which included lunch time at the Lookout.

Horseshoe Rim 4WD Adventure Track...... Near Carrieton.This one looks like it has a SERIOUS section and one has to sign a disclaimer before entering the property. Not sure of tjhe cost but will probably be $35 per vehicle plus key deposit.

For further info contact Ron at Austral Hotel, Quorn on 86486017
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Reply By: Member - Hughesy (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:52

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 21:52
Thanks for that info Willem, I'm hoping to get over there when the weather cools off a bit. Looks like the flinders region is a 4x4 meka.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:18

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:18
No worries

Yep it ended up being hot again when the cloud cover disappeared and the GQ was getting warm on the way home. Had to slow down a couple of clicks to get the temp to a better level.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:17

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:17
Re the Horseshoe: I saw this addy the other day. Website says $ 30 per vehicle.

http://www.thehorseshoe.com.au/

I have driven around the range perimeter a coupla years ago; a nice drive along some poor quality roads that roughly circle the range. You can visit the old Moockra railay siding, & gaze up where the Moockra tower looms large from the S-E corner. Stoke Hill is 779m, so there's plenty higher- but for that region it will do!

IMHO the drive/loop may not be that roughup there, but I have been wrong before...............in which case I will stand corrected.

Actually, late thought, maybe in Feb I could nick up & go for a lap with You?

Cheers

RM
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:22

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 22:22
Good idea Rick

Some of the blurb says section of track is VERY STEEP...make sure you are in Low Range.........LOL

We can only find out.
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Reply By: Barnesy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 23:24

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 23:24
Have done the Horseshoe rim trip. There is one steep climb to the top of a hill with excellent views. You will need low range, probably first as the last little lip is steep and you wouldn't really want to have to stop and put it back to first. My GQ did it easily, not a climb for the Subaru.

It was windy the day i went up and it was a sight seeing a couple of Wedgies circling literally 10 metres above my head catching the updrafts. Love the Flinders from south right up to Arkaroola.

Barnesy
Whyalla

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:27

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:27
Yes, the Flinders do have a magic to them
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 00:28

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 00:28
Hi Willem, did you happen to get any plot (gps) data & if so will you be uploading it to EXOZ
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:12

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:12
No

You get a mudmap when you pay for the trip and the tracks are well marked.

I was running the GPS but did not save anything.
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Reply By: cuffs - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 10:22

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 10:22
Willem, Arden Hills Track not possible to do in the X-trail mate?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:14

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:14
No, not suitable for vehicles without Low Range
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Reply By: StephenF10 - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 12:11

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 12:11
Willem,

How did the Arden Hills Track compare to Skytrek in difficulty? Skytrek is the only one of that type I've been on so it's my only yardstick.

Stephen.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:17

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:17
Stephen

Haven't been on Skytrek so cant compare.

It is not as difficult as some of Warraweena Tracks but there are two places where 1st Low was needed to climb up and more than a few 1st Low downhill crawls.
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla SA) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:23

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:23
Skytrk is steep in a few spots but is very sterile and tame. The Arden Hills Trail has lots of washaways and erosion and a few interesting downhill bends.

Having said that, these tracks are all picked because they suit standard LowRange equipped vehicles with drivrs of moderate experience. You'd have to do something very wrong to get into trouble. Caveat - never assume any 4WD track is "easy"
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Reply By: Andrew (Whyalla SA) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:10

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:10
Willem
I dont know why I bothered burning you a CD of the magazines....... LOL

Down the back of the Summer mag a damned handsome bloke driving a magnificent 4WD wrote a story on the Arden Hills Trail. hehehe
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:26

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:26
I wonder too..........I remember reading it

Hmmm............... nice looking vehicle. Can't see the handsome bloke though LOL
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Follow Up By: Andrew (Whyalla SA) - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:30

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 13:30
Ive been told many times that with my looks I should work in radio..... LOL
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 18:12

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 18:12
Hey Willem, did you stop at the Quorn Butchers and say hello to Hector the best Butcher in the south? Not only is he a good butcher but a fine fisherman also - brings me whiting and snapper - he also delivers, but only at Easter and races time. Haha.
That MtArden sounds like good boy fun - does Uncle still go playing with you?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 20:05

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006 at 20:05
Hi Ruth

Now why would I want to stop at the Quorn Butchers?

Yes the tracks are all boyz fun. And it is good to scare the living daylights out of some of me mates....lol

No, Uncle is not coming out with me any longer as he has other things on his mind.
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Reply By: Member - Lindsay- Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 15:22

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 15:22
Mrs Navigator & I did the Argadell's property Mt Arden trek & we had similar problems with access. Fortunately the caravan park had the key & knew where the owners had run away to so they arranged it all for us.
The trip was awsome & if you click onto my Rig/Profile & Msg at the bottom there are 2 photos which will show you what you missed.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 19:44

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 19:44
I have been invited to access the track later in the year.

Where we went was within 300 metres from the top of Mt Arden so I am not convinced that the track is all that more spectacular.

Still the views are usually good from up there.

A challenging track is the Mt Gill run on Warraweena Station in the Flinders which takes you to 980metres ASL.
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