Magnetic Hill SA

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:36
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Anyone been here..???

"Park your car on the side of the hill and watch it role uphill."

http://www.traveldownunder.com.au/South_Australia/Flinders_Ranges/Magnetic_Hill.asp

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Reply By: tristjo - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:46

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:46
Unbeleiveable!!!!! Is that for real?? Might be heading down that way next year, and now i jest gotta go there!!!

Tristjo.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:48

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:48
LOL I have no idea, the thought worries me!!!

there has to be somethign dodgey in it
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Follow Up By: tristjo - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:59

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:59
Don't think I will be watching my car roll away from me, but as a spectator, it could be interesting!!
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Reply By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:54

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:54
havent been there but to et you in on a secret...its an optical illusionRichard
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Reply By: Member - Paul H - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 13:20

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 13:20
A similar thing happens at Straws lane at the back of Hanging Rock in Victoria.
I'm not sure on the reason why, but I have been there & the car does seem to be rolling up hill. I think it has been put down to an optical illusion, although there is talk of it being due to the magnetic pull of Hanging Rock. I prefer the illusion option.

Happy Rolling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Where to next time??????????????
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 13:40

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 13:40
Yep, I remember that Paul. As a kid, whenever we went that way the family always had a bit of fun with it. The fact it was near Hanging Rock added a bit "spookiness" to it.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 13:31

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 13:31
the layland brothers did a show on it about 15 years ago looked speckie but is aparently an optical aloution
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 14:28

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 14:28
I will 100% guarantee you it is an ILLUSION.....
I was there over Easter and the hills next to you appear to be going the opposite way to what they really are which gives the illusion of rolling uphill....

My land metre doesnt lie...............

But still fun for the kids............_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 17:56

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 17:56
can we fool the vics or what lol lol lolRichard
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Follow Up By: Goona - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 19:03

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 19:03
Voxson,

Where are all the good tracks in SA that are close to the CBD. Talking within 3 hours.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 19:48

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 19:48
email me goona....voxson@bigpond.net.au
i will put you onto some good stuff... 3½ hrs from adelaide..._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: Wayne - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 14:33

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 14:33
Hi Truckster, Don't know about that one, but there is a place in Forrestfield,WA. that has the same name. "Gravity Hill" We used to go there when it was a dirt track and watch our cars roll backward up it. Could always win a bet with people who hadn't been there before. After they bitumenised it, it wasn't as steep an incline but still good to show people. Always a good laugh on a motorbike, as you look to be facing downhill and bike rolls backwards....weird feeling, sort of throws your balance out. Pouring water on it is another good one. But the old spirit level doesn't lie, optical illusion.
Ciao, Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Scotti - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 23:02

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 23:02
Been there too wayne.

Definitely optical Illusion.Looking forward to Kalbarri in July..
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 18:35

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 18:35
Bruce,
There is a Magnetic Hill west of Sydney as well... can't remember the area's name,(I haven't lived in Sydney for 17 years) but it was up the Bell Line Road. Very eerie at night particularly as you can't really focus on your surroundings.... even during the day it appears as though your car will roll back up the hill... but I did once check it with a spirit level.... and it is an optical illusion... still a lot of fun though.. especially with gullible people!!! LOL
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Reply By: Member - Rick - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 21:29

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 21:29
Goona

get yourself onto the 4wd out of adelaide site, and explore it carefullyRick (S.A.) - ' It is better to travel hopefully than arrive'
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Reply By: StephenF - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 06:51

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 06:51
I was there a couple of years ago. IIRC it's a section of flattish road between two steeper sections. It *appears* to slope slightly one way, but in fact it slopes the other way. As others have said - an optical illusion.

It's in the hills south of Orroroo. See placenames.sa.gov.au for coordinates.

Stephen.
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Reply By: jules - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 12:10

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 12:10
was there in May - maybe it was an illusion - but still intriguing - we actually did seem to move - though the level meter thingy said we were level - very odd sensation - happened going one way but not the other-hmmmm!
Jules
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Reply By: ThePublican - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 15:55

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 15:55
Would seem the forum is infested by "muggles",who dont believe in magic,Harry Potter knows the true answer.
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 16:43

Monday, Jun 23, 2003 at 16:43
Hi Truckster, went there last year and someone must have forgotten to replace the batteries. Not only did we not roll up hill, it doesn't look like you would. The only thing magnetic about it, is that it sucks in the tourists. If you go, take care, it's on an "S" bend and you can get cleaned up.
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Follow Up By: Member - GOPE (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:43

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:43
The locals now call it Bulsh#t hill!Only a few more sleeps.
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:52

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 18:52
Hello Truckster,

Magnetic Hill near Black Rock, SA, lies about 20 km from my house. The road surface has created an Optical Illusion and is a fun place to go to. There is a large tin magnet fixed to a fence post. There was an old bicycle attached to it but someone knocked it off. People are so tragic. It lies on the straight section of a S bend but the road isn't made for speeding so there are no worries about traffic and there are warning signs. The illusion works both ways but in a vehicle with a high centre of gravity it may not be so obvious. In an ordinary 2wd it is definitely eerie.

A couple of years ago I was working in the Tourist Info Centre and a lady came in to berate us for false advertsing. She stated that she had tested the magnet and that it had NO 'magnetic qualities' whatsoever. Oh well, you can't please them all.
I will not divulge her place of residence.

I have also been to another Illusion in the hills near Somerset West, South Africa.

Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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