Simpson road opens

Submitted: Friday, May 15, 2009 at 17:21
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Contacted Mt Dare Hotel today and it appears the Simpson is now crossable with a detour north around Eyre Creek. Park staff at Birdsville apparently have signposted this detour.
Good news for those proposing to cross over the next few weeks.
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Reply By: Cougar Tag-Along-Tours Pty. Ltd. - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 18:58

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 18:58
the birdsville pub also confirmed it is open .we will be crossing it from the west 27th this month .6 cars
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 21:32

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 21:32
Yep, great news. The Desert Parks Bulletin has the update 4 days ago:
Link Here.
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 21:32

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 21:32
It pays to always check ExplorOz Road Reports as they are updated on a regular basis. No need to make a phone call. It is all here on this website


Road Report 15/05/09
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:23

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:23
& a phone call doesn't hurt to get local, current information!

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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:25

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:25
How current is 15/05/09? Yesterday! Same day as the post reply...:-)
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:37

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:37
Willem,

Anyone calling either Mt Dare or Birdsville from midday on the 7th of May have been informed that the new bypass track at Eyre creek was open, the Mt Dare website was updated on the 12th.

So how could making a phone call hurt?

I have also made comments that the bypass track was open on a couple of threads.

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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:44

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:44
sorry that should have read "from midday on the 10th of May"

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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:51

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:51
Some of you blokes can be petty and picky

I was extolling the virtues of this site and threw in the words that a phone call was not really necessary. But hey!, you do as you please! Who cares?
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:57

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:57
you need to look into a mirror before you start calling other people "petty & picky" but your right, "who cares" not you!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:04

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:04
Do I know you?

If I do then you may be qualified to give me advice.

If not, then please Bugger Off and keep your sanctimonious advice to yourself
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Reply By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:08

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:08
Exporoz is a great site. I’ve been checking it daily and the Sth Aus transport site for updates. Mt Dare Hotel site was the first site I saw to post that the bypass was open (on the 12th May). I’ve been stressing because we’re leaving Brisbane on the 18th June arriving Birdsville on the Saturday and camping the western side of Eyre Creek on the Sunday before spending a few days traversing the desert. We will be travelling for over four weeks, about 6000km but the Simpson is the most anticipated. Was contemplating having to go around it which would have been a bummer.
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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 13:31

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 13:31
Gee Myles you will not be stopping to smell the wild flowers on the trip to Birdsville.
We will be leaving Noosa on the 14th and plan to get to Birdsville on the 28th June then head to Alice Springs.

Must just be the difference between being Retired and going the slow road and Having to work and stay on the fast road.

Enjoy your trip.

Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 07:15

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 07:15
G’day Brian, Yep you’re right. Geez I’m looking forward to retirement.

Things slow down after Birdsville. We’re spending seven nights in the desert then to Old Andado, Chambers Pillar, Rainbow Valley, Alice Springs, Devils Marbles, Diamantina National Park, Winton then to Longreach for a couple of days before catching the train back home. Four vehicles, four families and over twelve months in the planning. Was in Alice and the East and West MacDonald Ranges etc a few months ago. Love the outback!

Bushtracker’s are the best but you’re not taking it through the desert are you?

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:08

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:08
Hi Rod
The Desert Parks Update also mentions that there are some very soft dunes to contend with as well. These will sort the novice desert traveller out with their high tyre pressures.

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:17

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:17
A number of years ago Eyre Creek flooded, and it was necessary to take that detour to the north, which we did.

We found the receding waters and rain had left the desert an absolute picture, the ephemeral flowers blooming along the creek were covering acres and acres of country.

It was so nice we stopped for three days, tried a bit of fishing, no luck. But one thing that I remember vividly, was that you could walk around on the grass in bare feet without picking up prickles.
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