Mt Elizabeth / Beverley springs

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 20:08
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Kimberley trekking.......has anyone done the tracks from Mt Elizabeth up through the Gardner Plateau and back down through Beverley Springs and back onto the GRR.
How many days, track fair to rough and what's worth looking at, fees etc.
Any feedback will be acknowledged.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 23:33

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 23:33
Hi Harry, I've been to Bachsten Creek and Walcott Inlet from both Mt Elizabeth and Beverley Springs (now Charnley River Station), but it was a while back (90's). I believe the track from Bev Springs is no longer passable, but a phone call to them would put the record straight. Mt Elizabeth maintains their track through to Bachsten Creek (sort of).
Both tracks have some pretty formidable jump-ups to negotiate, needing all the clearance you can get. And both tracks go through black soil country, so if it's been wet, it will be very sticky.
Basically, a day's travel to get from Mt Elizabeth to Bachsten Creek (about 80km), then another day to get from Bachsten to Beverley Springs (about 70km). And a day to get to Walcott Inlet from Bachsten if that's on the agenda (about 50km), also rough going. You could break the journey on each of these legs with an overnighter, as there's plenty to see along the way.
But it's magic country, esp around Bachsten Creek. Would recommend a week or more in there.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:53

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:53
Have been researching these tracks for a trip this year. Can confirm that the Charnley R track is not available - said to be impassable.

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 10:38

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 10:38
Hi Val,
yes the last time I did the Charnley track, about half way thru, the track came to an abrupt halt where there was a 4m deep washout from a creek. A shovel wasn't going to fix this one. We eventually found a bypass about a km downstream, even then it was a bit boggy. The washouts on the jump-ups certainly taxed the clearance of the vehicle. Bloody marvelous journey tho.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Harry - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:36

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:36
Val W,
When would you be doing that stint ?

joc45,
that's just what I needed to hear Joc, much appreciated, I will call the 2 stations to see what's the go.
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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:16

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:16
Harry,

There is a company called Bushtrack Safari's that take tours and tagalongs through these tracks and to Walcott Inlet. If you look up their website you might get some info on the tracks and what to expect.

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 10:54

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 10:54
Hi Viv,
Yes, I think Bushtrack Safaris are associated with Mt Elizabeth stn. When we went, we had option of paying a fee to enter or travelling with them. Mt Elizabeth provided trek notes (there is only one track - lol!) but useful anyway. They provided a key to a gate to get through, which was handed back on return.
They have good camping facilities at the station.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Harry - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:41

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 20:41
Thanks for the reply Viv, but tagalongs don't grab me.
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 10:39

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 10:39
Hi Harry

we will be in that area (Mornington Station / Charnely River ) in early May subject to the road openings etc.

not sure if you are a single or group party etc. but we may be interested in that journey.....nice to be on your own but sometimes some treks are more suited to a couple of vehicles...this sounds like one of them perhaps

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Follow Up By: Harry - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:26

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 21:26
G'day,
A bit early on as we wont be there until Sept. , but if you use this thread you could email me when you get back with some upto date info, that would be handy.
Nice rig and doesn't the V8 go well :>))
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