Any Grey water on the hay river?

Submitted: Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 19:46
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Just debating whether to put another jerry can of water on the roof. Is there any bores with water etc on the route birdsville up the hay river for grey water?
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 20:07

Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 20:07
Nothing until you reach Batton Hill.
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Reply By: Member - Troopy's Crew - Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 20:25

Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 20:25
Probably some at Eyre Creek this year. Nothing beyond that though. Carry what you need.

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:29

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:29
Phil is correct,nothing till Batton hill. We were there this time last year.
A great trip we'll do it again.
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Reply By: Carlin - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:44

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 12:44
No worries just checking I didnt miss something. We have heaps of water on board. 3 sleeps to go!
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 14:58

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 14:58
Hi Carlin

While as per other replies there is no water along the track, and also most people don't even get to the actual hay river (until Lake Caroline) which runs parallel and to the west of the track.

There are usually some water holes in the actual river bed.

Also driving part of the actual river bed was one of the most interesting parts of the trip. We did a little 1 hour side trip west after tea from our camp at 53j 0738200 7336800 , the river bed was less than 1km away cross country and it was a rewarding little adventure.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 19:23

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 19:23
"There are usually some water holes in the actual river bed"

Gday Robin, want to tell us where? I'd be surprised if there was any reliable water in the Hay River.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:08

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:08
Hi Phil

Having only been there once I can't say that any given hole is reliable , or even that any given point remains a hole from year to year.
But at the coordinates I gave due west was some , and the previous year a friend tried a similar thing (driving the river bed) but closer to lake Caroline and was stopped by water also.



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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:58

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:58
Hi Robin
When we did the Hay River Trip 4 years ago, the bed of the Hay River for the Full length of the trip was deep soft sand and any water that pools after very wet weather soaks away almost in front of your eyes. We did drive for some time in the bed of the Hay River and the sand is very soft and deep and was a real power sapper. As far as I would reliably say, you would have to say that there is no reliable water there unless you were there and the heavens open up.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:49

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:49
Hi Stephen

That interesting , it was quite different for us , I enclose 1 photo of my car in the river bed and the wheels marks are quite shallow , and the broad flat surface made it almost like a highway , we really enjoyed driving on it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:18

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:18
Hi Robin
That is for sure, looks very firm. I would say by the look of the photo, it looks around the mid/bottom section of the Hay River. This is what it was like for us north of Lake Caroline. Speed was the key to momentum, slow down and you would sink down and out with the snatch strap.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:04

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:04
Robin,
If there was water lying around and the river bed was firm, then you were there soon after substantial local rain.
Most of the time it would be as Stephen has described.

In 2005 we had the pleasure of travelling Hay River two weeks after Jervois recorded 4 inches of rain.Lake Caroline was covered with water and the swales had good water in them and the Shield Shrimp were out in force. The river ilself very rarely flows and had nothing in it. We've been up there since and everything has been dry.
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