Rudall River

Submitted: Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:39
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I am sorry for posting so much on this site but I am new and trying to get my monies worth. Plus I see Willem complains when he has nothing to read.

So onto Rudall River, has anyone been there as we are looking at doing a week long dash there and would like to know the must do's there and must see's.

I have yet to find any decent maps on it, though there are a couple imbedded in the Hema maps. Nothing is as good as local knowledge though.


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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:44

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:44
Hi Broe

Have you looked at this site?

http://www.exploroz.com/TrekNotes/Pilbara/Rudall_River.aspx


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Follow Up By: Member - Broe (WA) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:54

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:54
No I hadn't. Thanks. It never ceases to amaze me what's on this site.


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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:27

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:27
Try this site. Has some good info.
Rudall River - DEC site

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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:59

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 16:59
Ahhhhh....Mick O will be along soon to tell you of his 25 punctures of last year out there in Rudall.....lol

Google Earth, Natmap Raster and Hema maps are the go.

Must do as much as you can and must see the same. Just follow your nose.


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Follow Up By: Member - Broe (WA) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:04

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:04
I thought I would get a comment out of you on this one Willem. So I take it you guys have been there before? Is it worth the trip and do you think a week would be long enough?


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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:28

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:28
Yerrr........

We struck Rudall at the wrong time. Late April 2005. No rain for a long time. Feral camels everywhere befouling the water holes and billabongs. Eventually we found a shady place near a pool which we shared with a Western Brown Snake. Maybe the camels were wary of the snake.

Going to Rudall is like going anywhere else. It is what you make of it. Where you are prepared to go and how much exploring you want to do. It is a rugged area. The best water is to be found at Desert Queen Baths but I have not walked up to the pools due to a lame leg at the time.

We will be out that way in July this year and hopefully we will find the park in a better condition than our last visit.

Rudall is not developed and when last there no real signage.

Email me through my website and I will send you a Mudmap of Rudall someone sent me.

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Reply By: Flywest - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:07

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:07
Theres a LOT of info about Rudall river in the book "The Golden Rule: Gold and intrigue in the desert - The true story of the discovery of the Telfer gold mine
, and Frenchman turcauds discovery of the mineralised deposits (Glossans) of the Patterson ranges that later was to become the telfer gold mine.

many of the places mentioned still bear their original names that he assigned them such as Christmas Pool, and Bwana rockhole, paralelll range etc etc.

If you want to know all the history of the area - I couldn't think of better background reading material.

If nothing else it makes great reading as a fascinating read.

There are links to the guy on the internet, although he seems to (understandably) hate us Aussies now.

http://members.iimetro.com.au/~hubbca/turcaud.htm

http://members.iimetro.com.au/~hubbca/telfer.htm

I couldn't imagine trying to explore the telfer area without first reading the book.

Who knows - you might even discover the Telfer twin that turcaud claims to have also dicovered - Rooneys lost show, etc etc, but not unless you read the book.

IMHO - it should be required reading for prospectors.

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Follow Up By: Member - Broe (WA) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:20

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 17:20
You are right, he really doesn't like us at all.

Thanks for the tip, I will definitely have a read. The missus is into that kind of stuff as well. You should have seen her on the CSR, she was one of those annoying people on the 2-way all the time saying "did you know that....", "this is the place that...." every 5 minutes.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 19:43

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 19:43
Call me pedantic if you will, but Christmas Pool was actually recorded as such by Rudall himself, on Boxing Day 1896.

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Reply By: Sixty at Last - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 19:35

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 19:35
We were there last June.

Conditions were extremely dry and there had been a recent major fire. The whole place looked like a moonscape, altho it did result in a spectacular quality to the campsite at Desert Queen Baths.

The baths themselves were luckily untouched.

We expected a remote area experience but it felt like main street sometimes.

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Follow Up By: Member - Broe (WA) - Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 19:39

Friday, Apr 03, 2009 at 19:39
Cheers John,

I know what you mean, I was surprised to see so many people doing the CSR. Most places now are being reached by a lot of people. I guess this is one of the reasons why we are doing the Madigan line this year, before it gets too busy.


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Reply By: farmer112 - Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 01:34

Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 01:34
Hi Broe,

I did the Rudall River NP last year - GREAT experience! Please send me an email to my private email account farmer112@arcor.de .

I got some mud maps and other material, just send me an email. Sorry, I am on the way to a party and will answer later.

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 15:35

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 15:35
Broe have been there for up to a week for the past three years and will be back again in July. Try these blog entries for some info.

The spectacular Rudall River

Tjingjatjarra Pool - Rudall River

Throssell Ranges and Turtle Rock hole - Rudall

Darlsen Pinnacle & the Yandogooge Creek

Desert Queen Baths & the Broadhurst Ranges

Camel Valley

West to Hanging Rock

Just have alook around the blog entries for those dates and you'll find a lot more specific to Rudall and the places within.

Great spot. You'll love it.

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