Lake Eyre Photos

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:14
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I had the good fortune to spend the weekend flying around and following the water flow from Bedourie down into Lake Eyre.

You might enjoy these photos.
Lake Eyre Photos

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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:27

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:27
Thanks for sharing:))


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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:39

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:39
Great pics! Must have been a great trip. Bet you spent a few of these..... $$$$$$
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:35

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:35
Many thanks for the post.

I have been told that there is now a service operating out of Marree for similar purposes.

can I ask what you had to pay for the plane component?
Did they charge per head or per hour?

Due to travel across the NT savannah over the next 4 weeks, I can't do such a flight until mid May................

Do you have any forecast/opinion if water will still be present (visible by plane) from Birdsville to the southern end of Warburton Groove by mid May?

Or, put another way - what do the locals tip?

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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:43

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:43
PS - I like your Troopy.

How much more room than the Patrol behind the rear seats???

What were the reasons for swapping?

I admit I am considering such a swap solely to give more internal room . I am averse to towing a trailer if it can be avoided. I have looked seriously at chopping the rear off my patrol & building an integrated canopy/storage pod. Recent quote was $ 17,725. At that price a vehicle upgrade is worth considering. My old bus is quite OK and good enough to spend 10 K or so on, but 17 K plus?..........well......hmmmmm...........

Liked your website also. Top Job.

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Follow Up By: Michael A (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 06:45

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 06:45
They reckon water will be around for a while yet. You could see it had receded a bit at Bedourie but there is still plenty flowing down into the lake.

I beleive a sailing regatta is being arranged for some time in June, so it sounds like it will be around for a while yet.

The trip was organised through Great Divide Tours, it was a bit under $2k and all food, flying and accom was included.

In regard to swapping from the Patrol, basically I needed something with more payload that would last for at least the next 10 years. After many trips the rear spring mounts tore from the chasis about the same time the lease finished up.

At the time it was better to change vehicles rather. I can't say enough good things about the Troopy, my girlfriend and I love it.

There is a fair bit more room behind the second row of seats in the Troopy compared to the Patrol.

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Reply By: Member - Marco T (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:51

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:51
Michael,

Thanks for the photos.

I also enjoyed the troopy photos. I am looking at purchasing the same model in the next 12 months or so, but second hand. I am interested in the 4 door conversion you have done. If you don't mind what cost was it to do?
Also how do you find it's performance? Are you happy with it?

Thanks

Marco
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Follow Up By: Michael A (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 06:46

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 06:46
Very happy with the 3rd door addition to the Troopy. It just makes it easier to access the middle where we have installed some shelving, front and rear cargo barriers and a roof shelf.

It cost around 8k at the time, but was more a labour of love I think.

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Reply By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 04:07

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 04:07
Michael,

appreciate your photos. Your Troopy looks like a nice bit of gear.

I am a tad envious of the AcrossOz 06 & the CSR trips. Looks like they were done with Vic Widman. This is something that I've often considered. Would you recommend?

Thanks & regards
Brian
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 05:04

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2009 at 05:04
Michael,

Thanks for the photos.
Will be flying out of William Creek early May for a short joy flight over Lake Eyre.

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