David Carnegie Road Feedback

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 21:27
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We approached the DCR from the south turning onto the track from the Great Central Road (GCR) 15 km west of the Tjukayirla Road House. (Can highly recommend the burgers at the road-house if you’re looking for a snappy lunch after a couple of weeks in the bush). Trip concluded over two days 29th and 30th May, 2007

The track north to Empress Spring is still in excellent condition with little wear and tear evident. The undergrowth and shrubs are encroaching onto the track in some places. We spent some time clearing fallen and camel chewed bushes from the track (please take the time to drag them off rather than drive around them. It maintains the integrity and condition of then track and only adds half an hour to your total trip). Plenty of camels about and numerous bustards and dingos.

Found the Exploroz trek note mileage to be out by 7-8 km on the northbound trip so make sure you check the distance between the GCR and Empress Spring for calibration purposes.

Once past the Empress Spring the road condition deteriorates somewhat but is still easily negotiated. Road reaches it’s worst conditions towards its northern end with some deep washaways. At about the 220 km mark, there were a lot of water filled claypans that had to be skirted. The largest was over 100 metres across at the 224.7 km (S 25.32.571 E 124.11.855). A very enjoyable drive with plenty of wildlife and birdlife to be seen. Some great campsites of which a few are listed below. All distances are in kilometres commencing from the Tjukayirla Road House.

1. Large claypan 150 metres to the eastern side of DCR.Great camp with plenty of dead timber about.
Western end of claypan has a soak so camping well to the east affords good opportunity to watch
wildlife arriving at sunset. 85km S 26.35.371 E 124.13.494
2. Picturesque small claypan on eastern side surrounded by Mulga woodland. Great campsite.
S 26 31.676 E 124.14.415
3. Grove of acacia and gums. Possible water affording good camp site. 124.3 km S 26.24.293
E 124.14.036
4. Eucalypt woodland providing plenty of timber and many great spots to set up camp 125 to 127.8 km
S 26.22.530 E 124.13.780 (northern end)
5. At 145km track becomes very soft with shallow wash-aways
6. Track becomes quite rocky around 180 km culminating in a rocky rise at S 25.87.168 E 124.20.616
7. Finished at 242.8 km at intersection with Gunbarrel Highway.

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 21:35

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 21:35
Oops, don't know how this ended up here! I had been trying to add it to the feedback section in the treknotes. Must be a link to the forum as well. Note to self.....read instructions before doing stuff! Haven't even had a vino yet! Mick.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 09:54

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 09:54
Mick,

You have done the right thing. All Article and Trek feedback will auto link to the forum system to gain furthur comments and information. You will notice the title and the auto generated article link at the top.

BTW: I wonder which version of the notes you were using in relation to the mileage error. The current notes dated 29th Feb were automatically built using a supplied plot file so I wonder if yo may have been using the older version. Would you be able to just have a check of the notes you used please. Did you happen to record your trip on GPS? If so please send upload it to Plotswap or email to Damian and we will be able to run the plot file through our inport process to see any differences.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 06:02

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 06:02
Mick ,
Glad you made the mistake and posted it here . I have put the camp spots into my GPS .
Thanks , great report .
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:42

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 20:42
Mick


6. Track becomes quite rocky around 180 km culminating in a rocky rise at S 25.87.168 E 124.20.616



On that rise, to the right, I found a jerrycan with some petrol in it, lying under a bush. Jerrycan had MOWER written on it....LOL


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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:54

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:54
Damn, was wondering where that got to. Didn't find my whipper snipper there too did you mate. Miss whipping a campsite into shape it!

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Reply By: equinox - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:46

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:46
A bit more feedback.

The Exploroz co-ords for Windich Rockhole are out by about 200-300 metres.

I found the rockhole last year at 25 43 36S 124 13 4.7E

I also could not find the Forrest F59 tree so those co-ords may be out as well. (Water is easier to sniff out than a tree)

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:55

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:55
I had the same issue with the tree myself Alan.
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