Eyre Creek and Simpson dunes

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Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be FoundHi everyone, spent the day yesterday wandering around the eastern part of the Simpson, mainly looking for birds and flowers around Eyre Creek. Left before sun up so could sit on the dune east of Eyre Creek and watch the sun come up and over the water. Stunning! On the eastern side of Eyre Creek there are lots of yellow, orange and a few red chats but on the western side there are hundreds and hundreds of red chats. I have not seen the QAA line so chopped up for a very long time - it is atrocious. Most of the dunes have overtaking lanes on the crests (was it because of the people stuck on the top and the impatient people made another passing lane?) - even the eastern side of Big Red is a shocker. The blows on the top of the dunes are still there and people have made right, then left, then right crestings - that's fun, but the corrugations are terrible.
Eyre Creek is simply stunning - there is lost of water in the creek proper and in the channels either side. I was particularly keen to photograph the Mimulous Prostrata (Monkey face flowers) - very hard to find but did eventually. The dunes on the QAA were so bad that we found another way home - which was even more fun, no corrugations but vertical drops on the eastern side of the dunes.
The flood detour crossing is just a puddle now but very pretty and very busy - first photo and second photo; Ian is pictured in the freezing water of Eyre Creek (southern crossing of eastern channel - which is closed but some people have been playing in there), the photo of the dune is on the western side about half way from Big Red to Eyre Creek.
There are some beautiful camps along Eyre Creek proper and plenty of people have been enjoying the lovely water views.Birdsville is quite busy and the helicopter scenic flights are doing well as are the fixed wing scenic flights the weather is lovely, 3 degrees this morning about 17 now but no wind and clear and sunny.

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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 14:12

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 14:12
This is my third go at putting up the photos - having trouble today.

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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 14:23

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 14:23
Last of the photos -

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Reply By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 14:49

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 14:49
They're right...a picture is worth a thousand words ...Thanks for putting them up for us all to see and enjoy Ruth.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:59

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:59
Thanks Fred, glad you enjoyed looking and I enjoy sharing them.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 15:44

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 15:44
Thanks Ruth,
sorry I can't be there to see it for myself. Appreciate your time and effort.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:00

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:00
Fred, you've got some pretty special spots in NT!
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 23:03

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 23:03
G'day Fred
The Simpson is a great place to visit, not keen on the 3 deg as Ruth stated though, anyhow we gor Airstrips eh ...lots of em,

Hiya Ruth
Lifes good in the Top End ,

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Reply By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:20

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:20
Thanks for positng the pics Ruth. Watching all with intrest this year as we hope to cross again next year on the French Line.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:03

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:03
Prickle, for your sake I hope the dunes aren't as cut up - makes for a long trip.
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Reply By: shanegu6 - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:46

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:46
Great photos. Thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:04

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:04
Shane, glad you enjoyed them.
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Reply By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 17:55

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 17:55
G'day Oh Great GG,
Thanks for the photo's, the country looks really great.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:50

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:50
Oh DD, I have been thinking about you. GG
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:41

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:41
Sorry about the bad thoughts. LOL
Can't get up there to have a look for myself, so will have to send No.1 Son up there to do it for me. Will ask him to call in and say G'day besides, he's much better looking than me anyway.
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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 01:46

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 01:46
Great shots Ruth,

They speak more than a thousand words. The Simpson always looks so nice after the rains.
By the way to put you're mind at ease, Dashers son is good looking, I know you may have worried when DD says he is better looking than him, as that wouldn't have taken much. LOL




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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 01:50

Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 01:50
Typo Ruth, I meant floods, mind you it does look great after rains to..



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Reply By: Member - cuffs (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:05

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:05
Great report & pics looking forward to being there at the races this year & a trip to innaminka via walkers crossing.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:05

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:05
Cuffs, make sure you give yourself enough time to go out to Eyre Creek for a good look - even an overnight camp- the water will still be there and well worth a camp.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:41

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:41
Gday Ruth,
You're a real teaser when you want to be :-)))
Geeze, how do you expect me to concentrate at work for the next few weeks.

Those photos are as nice as when we saw it at the same stage in August 2001. That time, we arrived at Goonamillera waterhole for lunch and couldn't drag ourselves away - stayed an extra day just upstream from the crossing just watching the birds.

Great stuff!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:16
Hey Phil, specially put them up just to tease you. We were disappointed that the big birds had gone - saw lots of little ones. I wondered if you worked out from my 'vague' description where we wandered and how we got home. There is plenty of water in the swales, especially to the north - just acres and acres of it - but, from the high tide marks there has been higher water in say 2000. Very surprising when you think how long this flood lasted. The monkey faces were very hard to find only a couple of small areas when normally after a flood there are big areas, of course there has not been any rain, only flood waters. The Desert is as dry as we have seen it - dunes very soft with lovely big lips on them, nearly all with right hand, left hand and drops on the top - still, even with all the traffic. When up the top of the dunes in the floodout - you get this incredibly stark effect of the dry dunes and the dark emerald green where the flood as been in the swale. Doesn't matter how many times you have seen it - still incredible and makes you go "ahhhhh".
Feel better now? Going fishing tomorrow - ahhhhh!
Had fish for dinner tonight - with a nice garlicy cream sauce full of yabbies - quite nice really.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 22:32

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 22:32
Hi Ruth
Like all the others have said above, it looks unreal. We have not been back out into the Simpson since we last saw you, but is on the books for next year. The last few years we have been out into the deserts in WA. Keep up your great work as the Birdsville correspondent.

Cheers and Regards to Ian

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Reply By: Krakka - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:13

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 09:13
Hi Ruth, excellent pics. You just had to add that bit about the garlic sauce with yabbies, glad you didn't post pics of that, i am drooling at the picture in my head.
Cheers

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