Madigan Line

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 19:05
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G'day all,

We have three vehicles doing the Madigan Line this year. We are leaving from Andado Station on the 13th of July heading to the twins, camp 6 and on. We will be going right through to well 16, Beachcomer Well and onto Birdsville. We are allowing 14 days.

I am wondering if anyone else is doing the Madigan line and if so what are your itineraries etc and types of vehicles.

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Reply By: V8 Patrol - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:12

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:12
I doubt that you will be able to cross Eyre Creek by then, so you won't get to Birdsville.

I've done it before.
This year I am hoping to be doing the East bit from Camp 16 to Birdsville about mid August.
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:28

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:28

I’d be very surprised that Eyre Creek wouldn’t be passable in July given the fact we’re in the latter part of March (excluding future rain).


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Follow Up By: Numpty S - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:31

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 20:31
Agree re Eyre Ck.

We did this trip last year.....Old Andado to Twins, on to Camp 6,7 & 8, then out to Geosurveys Hill, back to Camp 9 through to 16, then through the Qld border to 17 through to 22, out to QAA Line and on to Birdsville.

Just make sure you have permission from Qld National Parks and Adria Downs for the last bit, (we did) as we met a group of Park Rangers between 18 and 19.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:03

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:03
Probably unlikely that you'll get written permission for camps 17, 18 and 19, but a phone call and chat to the head ranger at Birdsville about why you want to go there and how well prepared you are might help. We did the same with Adria Downs - a chat to the owner in Birdsville so he can tell you where you can and cannot go (he sells organic beef). I would also be surprised if Eyre Creek were not passable on the QAA, but if you go via 17,18 and 19, you'd be following it down from the waterhole at Well 20 south. Might still be boggy through there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fourplayfull - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 14:05

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 14:05
Hi Phil ,
Following down from Well 20 , is the track on the Western or Eastern side of Eyre Ck .
I will be coming off the Madigan around 7th. May and wondered if that route would negate Eyre Ck . crossing to then approach Birdsville .

Cheers John
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 14:26

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 14:26
The track from Camp 20 south is on the Hema Simpson Desert Map. I've cut the section out below. You cross the creek at Kudaree Waterhole, which has been dry the two times I've been there, but it will be flooded at present. The station track follows the creek on its eastern side, but the water ponds in those swales, so I expect it will be too boggy. A phone call to David Brook, owner of Adria Downs Station (office in Birdsville) will tell you the current situation and you'll need his permission to travel the track.


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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:04

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009 at 21:04
Take it easy, slow and stready and you'll have a great time! I'm due for another jaunt out there, but unfortunately won't be this year.
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