Simpson Road Updates

Submitted: Friday, May 11, 2007 at 13:54
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Just got back from a west to east crossing and thought I would post some road updates for anyone who is looking to cross the Simpson in the near future.
Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta - Good graded road.
Oodnadatta to Hamilton St - Good condition
Hamilton St to Pedirka - Rough and rocky as usual. Once in the NP the road improves right up to Dalhousie.
WAA Line, Colson Tk, AAK, QAA - Great driving. Up to 1m lips on some dunes but no troubles.
Eyre Ck - 200m and 6 km bypass south. You don't have to do the north 60km bypass. Very green vegetation around Eyre Ck.
Birdsville to Cordillo Downs - Excellent graded road for most of it.
Cordillo Downs to Innamincka - Corrogated, a bit rough and soft in some places makes going a bit slow.
Innamincka to Cameron Crn via Moomba and Bollards Lagoon is good road. A couple of crests have chopped up sections just over the top but are well marked with flags in the middle of the road. One has a 44 gallon drum as a warning. Very easy to spot.
Cameron Crn to Tiboburra - Wet in places. The grader is working in 2 places so is very good and other places is rough.
Tiboburra to White Cliffs from White Cliffs turn off - Rough and reasonably slow. We had rain and there is alot of sudden holes accross the road and soft sections on the sides. Generally a slow road.
Walkers crossing is still shut with a metre of water over it and expected to be shut for another month.
Eyre Creek will still be shut for another month approx.
Dingo's are around Dalhousie and keep you amused during the night from VERY close. Watch the kids. A few mozzies at night but nothing the Bushmans didn't keep at bay.

We had temps in the Desert around 34 degrees in the day and down to about 11 at night. No bugs at night but the fly's are still pretty friendly during the day.
We all went up big red a couple of times with tyres at 11 PSI.

Had a great trip and I think the next one will be a double crossing.

Hope this helps anyone who may be interested.
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 15:56

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 15:56
Thanks for that very good report. i will be out there in about 6 weeks.
West to east crossing as well.
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Follow Up By: pt_nomad - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:00

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:00
I am starting the planning a west east crossing for 2009.
If you blokes are interested in passing on any info I be most appreciative.
pls let me know, email is sheahanpaul AT
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Follow Up By: Big Mike - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 14:23

Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 14:23
We are heading off in 6 weeks also, but East to West. Make sure your lead vehicle has a sand flag. Would be great to meet you on the track, but not by accident :)
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:58

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 16:58
Thanks 120
7 weeks to go before we do leave for the Flinders & Simpson.
Up to date info like this is of great value as we will be doing the same roads. French line, Rig Rd, AAk, & QAA
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Reply By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 19:41

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 19:41
Hi there 120scruiser, how the dtronic go ?? any better on the fuel consumption then you were getting before. Hope they kept the workshop in order while you were away. I'm still up the north coast heading back in the morning, so far 640 out of main tank and guage sitting between 1/4 & empty closer to empty low fuel light on. Reckon I'll get 700 before changing over to reserve. We havnt got the camper on this time just tent, fridge, bed etc in back. See you later on. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 21:52

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 21:52
Hi Stephen
No change in fuel consumption but power is up. Made the car much more pleasant to drive.
I haven't done the final figures as I'm not game to. I used 137 litres to go from Oodnadatta to Birdsville taking the Eyre creek bypass and the Spring Creek Delta bypass also had a few plays on Big Red. I'm happy with that.
My mate almost got my old 80 over big red with his camper trailer on. One car length short. Gotta be happy with that.
Catch ya
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 20:30

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 20:30

Thanks for the report, I hope things don't change too much in the next 7 weeks.

I will pop down and see you in the next couple of weeks. Timing belt for the 78 Series needs to be changed.

A bit of gossip, you will be getting a 4WD shop near your work shop soon.

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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 21:53

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 21:53
Hi Wayne.
Thats no problems.
It is fantastic out around Eyre Creek. An absolute oasis. I was amazed at how much it had changed in 2 years.
This shop sounds interesting.
I will talk to you soon.
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Reply By: Dirty Patrol - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 20:48

Friday, May 11, 2007 at 20:48
We just got back from doing the reverse of the above course an East West crossing, all good as stated we got rained on when camped on waa line,made sand very firm on dunes with some steep drop off's on some dunes,fantastic trip we had a ball but a shame we only had 2 weeks to do it all in.
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 08:25

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 08:25
Thanks for the update. We are heading West to East in 7 weeks. Cheers. Chris.
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 21:08

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 21:08
Did you swim at Dalhousie? Any lice? Chris.
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 08:14

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 08:14
Sure did.
It was great and no lice.
There was about 6 of us in the water and no one complained so you can look forward to it.
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 21:58

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 21:58
Thanks Scott. See you down the track maybe. Chris.
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