Hay River - Birdsville to Jervois

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 22:01
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We are planning a Hay River Rip mid year. There is quite abit of info on fuel usage for diesel 4s & 6s and petrol 6s & 8s. My son has a suzuki sierra 1.3 Has anyone got any thoughts on how much fuel he should plan on?
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Reply By: gke - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 22:49

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 22:49
If it helps, last year we measured 763 km from Jervois to Birdsville via Poeppel. This includes the tagalong tour and a drive around Lk. Caroline. The section running North - South was easy going. Enjoy the trip. Graham.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 23:10

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 23:10
Tim,

At a guess if you used the 4cyl diesel as a guide you would be very close.

When you apply for the permit you could always ask what they would recommend. Direct 4WD 08 89523359

Wayne
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 07:36

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 07:36
Tim

We did a trip slightly to the west of the Hay River run from Jervois Stn in 1987, with two Sierra JX 1300's. I think that our trip, would have been harder than doing the Hay River. Nevertheless, we carried 160lts all up each and I arrived in Birdsville with just 5 litres left in the tank! Worst fuel consumption was 26.3/100 or 3.8km/l !

You may read about this journey here The Spinifex Trail


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 07:39

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 07:39
PS: Gather as much information on the proposed trip as you can as you may not be able to access the Hay River Run before late Jine/July/August due to the recent floods.
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 20:30

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 20:30
Hi Willem. I believe its been a long break between water flowing there. At the bush camp Lindsay indicated it had only flodded 8 times in his life. I suspect it is fed more from the N east rather than the N west toward the channel country?? A great trip out there!! Cheers
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Follow Up By: mechpete - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 21:04

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 21:04
howdy leigh ,
it was a good trip hey , have to do the same trip from the oposite direction some time .
fig
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 08:00

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 08:00
Hi Tim
Depending on which way you are going to do the trip, will depend on how much fuel you will have to take. The most fuel efficient way would be coming up the Warburton Crossing and the K1 Line, and straight for the bottom of the Hay River. The only problem with this, is as reported by Ruth the other days...WATER! There is very large volumes of water coming down, so even the Eyre Creek crossing may be out as well still, you would never know. There are a few nice dunes north of Beachcomber No 1., but once you hit the Hay River proper, providing that it is not wet, is 2 wheel drive all the way to Jervois. It is a very pretty drive, so take your time. The only time that you will need 4x4 is if you cross the soft dry bed of the Hay River, or going out to Goyders Pillar.
When you hit the Plenty Highway after driving this route, turn hard right and only a few KMS to Jervois Station.

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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 09:51

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 09:51
We would recommend 160 litres be carried for that vehicle on that trip if it was traveling with us.


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Reply By: RobAck - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 18:15

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 18:15
Give Jol Flemming from Direct 4WD in Alice Springs an email or phone call. He's the expert and the bloke you get the permits through.

Regards

RobA
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Reply By: Tim (ACT) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 18:47

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 18:47
Thanks guys,

Sounds like 160 lt will do it. The flood water sounds like the bigger issue

Cheers,
Tim
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