Finke River drive to hermannsburg.

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:26
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I've read varying reports on driving along the Finke to Hermansburg via Boggy hole. is it doabale towing a small camper trailer, the vehicle has front diff lock, winch, lift etc.
I can probably fir in a drive along this track without the CT as part of my holiday but it would be more practical for me time wise to do it en route with the CT in tow.
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:50

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:50
yeah you'll be fine! The road as you get closer to hermannsberg gets nastier and nastier.people are always towing out there. finke - kulgera (if you go that way) is not too bad of a run...not sure of the finke - alice (via chambers pillar????)....Bucky did that way....and plenty of others have.....

Laura
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:02

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:02
Yeah mate its no problem.
Just remember some patches of sand can be fairly soft in the summer months so if the weather is hot when your there, dont go in half heartedly.
If you do you might be digging for a while.

Cheers
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Reply By: mattie - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:44

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:44
Hi Pat
Like the others have said, when we were there it was very soft in patches when we were there some time ago now if you stopped you would have to have your tyres down to about 20 psi to get started again in places, you will enjoy the trip i would like to do it again one day.

Mattie
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Reply By: Member - Tony B (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:45

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:45
Soon I am just about to find out. Have not been there yet but the wife and I will be driving down the Finke river as part of our treck on our way across to the west and back in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it to. Regards Tony
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:13

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:13
At times there can be considerable water to ford, depending on the season. Couple of years back I went through with a small group - couple of HD camper trailers in tow - it was dry as a bone - we didn't cross any water at all - as mentioned above there can be some lengthy sections of deep, very soft sand......we got down to around 18 psi in the tyres I think - trailers too of course - no problems - we had a stock 04 Subaru forester with us too - touch and go in the deeper sand (clearance) but he made it through ok. A great drive up there.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:07

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:07
"At times there can be considerable water to ford"
Hahahahaha......we wish!

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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:59

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:59
Sorry, Forgot to add, Boggy Hole is pretty low and slimey at the moment.
There is a better place to camp further South. If you dont know it...send me an MM.

Cheers
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:47

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:47
Thanks for the replies. I'm heading there in three weeks or so and will obviously watch weather conditions etc..


Hairy (NT) I'm not camping along that stretch, just passing through on the way to Glen Helen Station.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 18:01

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 18:01
Don't undertestimate the BoggY hole track. Do you have a VHF radio? People regularly get stuck in there for some time and bits of it can be very soft, especiall as you have a trailer. The signs at the ends of this track recommend that you advise the Rangers when you are going through and when yhou anticipate coming out and that you notify them when you are out. I think this is a worthwhile insurance policy.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:05

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:05
Gday Mfewster,
I think you mean "HF" not "VHF"
Boggy Hole is no where near as hard these days as it was.
You get a lot of traffic through there and they have graded a lot of the south end and dozed through the rocks so you dont need to cross near Boggy Hole itself.

Cheers
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 18:22

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 18:22
Pat

Have done the track a number of times in different directions and have never had a problem

The biggest problem could be that travellers do not drop the tyre pressures.

18psi for the 4by and 15psi for the trailer will see you idle through this scenic drive


Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:17

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:17
Hairy
Oh yeah, it should have been HF.
I haven't done that track for maybe 4 years and appreciate your update on the rebuild.
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Reply By: Member - keith P (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:20

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:20
i did it with my Tvan a couple of years ago in late november. it had been extremely hot so the sand was very soft. but i had no problems. i still believe it was the best camp site ive been.
you may need to camp there as the track can take a long time. it would be a very long day to glen helen. i think it would have taken me about 9 hours from south to north and its a couple from hermensberg to glenhellen
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:42

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:42
Thanks keith
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