Shell at Moomba?

Submitted: Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 00:21
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Hi -

Has a new Shell Service station been established at Moomba?

Also - I am planning a trip via the Strezlyki (sp?) in mid March - any idea of the expected daytime temps? I know I'll be leaving my down sleeping bag at home - that's for sure!

Thanks in advance for any replies!

Matt, Sydney
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Reply By: Jack - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 08:17

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 08:17
Hi Matt:

There is a service station at Moomba (on the gas fields) .... but the area has a security warning that you are not to enter. I went via there last year (October) in a party of 3 vehicles, tried to check in at the security gate and it unattended, so we drove into the Service Station and refuelled, just before a Security team descended upon us and escorted us off the base. The security people were "not very happy Jans", and even refused us the time to buy a t-shirt. "Just pay up and get out" was their response.
But .... if you can get away with it, you may even be able to get some of the free ice they have on offer to the gasfield workers.
Daytime temps??? .... b*****y hot .... 40's plus when I was there, and I suspect March would be at least that.
Have a good trip.
Jack

PS: There also used to be a sign by the road on the approach to the Gas Fields showing all the main points of interest, but on the advice of the Aust Government it was taken down after Sept 11. That may explain the sensitivity of the Security people.
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Reply By: Phil G - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 13:32

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 13:32
You can always come via Camerons Corner and refuel there. Refuelling at Moomba isn't an option.

I went via Moomba last August and they had a new "interpretive display" type setup. Has this since been pulled down?

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Follow Up By: Jack - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 17:28

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 17:28
Hi Phill:

When I was there in October 2002, there was nothing .. and we were told that it was taken down on advice from the Aust Fed Police following the Sept 11 tragedy. Seems it is considered a potential "target". At Inniminka they have some sort of preparations or drills in case it is ever blown up by whatever means...(according to people in the pub).
Jack
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Reply By: Voxson - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 13:49

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 13:49
We went up the Strzelecki two weeks ago...
It was the day which was 45 in Adelaide and it was 49 at Leigh Creek.
It was 50 most of the way on the track.
But then the next day it was 27 in Adelaide and still 47 on the track....
Anyway what i am eventually getting at,, is that the mid to high 30's would be my guess...

And if you get into the servo,, bring me back a "I've been to Moomba" cap..............

Cheers...........
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Reply By: StephenF - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 15:17

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 15:17
Have a look at http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/ . Plenty of good stuff there on average temps, rain, etc. for hundreds of places.

Stephen.
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Reply By: Brad - Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 21:26

Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at 21:26
We travelled from Innamincka to Tibooburra in July school hols 2001. Cameron corner store had no unleaded; they had deliberately run out and used the storage tank for leaded petrol ( for a desert rally that was expected thru). There was no advertising of this at Innamincka to alert travellers. I was glad that I was carrying a spare jerry can, and made it to Tibooburra without any trouble in the end. But I thought it was a bit slack, esp. in the school hols when there were lots of family 4WDs doing the trip.
Regards,
Brad.
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Reply By: wadiman - Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 19:31

Saturday, Feb 15, 2003 at 19:31
Thanks for all your thoughts - I'll be slipping in a few extra cans into the esky given the likely temps + pack my cam make-up for the attempt to get to the servo (ha ha).
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