The Road into the Dig Tree.

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 12:02
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I have visited the Dig Tree 3 times over the last 10 Years, I was last there in Sept 2009. When did they change the road in. I remember turning left just after the bridge and there you where. Now you travel well past the bridge and turn back. Puts about 30 - 40k's extra on the trip. Can anyone tell me why.

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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 12:55

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 12:55
Wato
Is it possible your memory is fading? I've also been there a number of times in the past 10 years. And I don't remember turning off just past the bridge ever. I do recollect being told that was the way you used to go, but not in my trips. If I'm wrong I apologise - maybe they've moved the access even further.

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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 14:06

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 14:06
Yes Wato, I think you are right. There was a road went in to the Dig Tree maybe 10km before the present bridge and was much shorter. But it was over low land and pretty lousy if wet. Also it arrived at the Tree on the wrong side of the creek so access depended on the water level. I was last on the old road in 1985? and next went via the new road in 2009, so the change was in there somewhere!

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Follow Up By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 18:27

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 18:27
The old track can be seen going out South east on this map.

The new track can be seen coming in from the North.

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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 14:42

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 14:42
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We did a Simmo trip in 2005 and returned home via Innaminka and the Dig Tree and turn off was well past the bridge then.
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Follow Up By: signman - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:07

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:07
Wots a "Simmo trip" ???

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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:22

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:22
"Simpson Desert"
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Follow Up By: signman - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:39

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 15:39
Oh..OK..
Is that like the Canno...or the Tasso..or the Capeo..or the Flinderso ??

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 20:14

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 20:14
Gday Signooo!!!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 21:34

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 21:34
No, it's more like the Gibbo....

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Reply By: Member - Redfive - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 16:52

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 16:52
Hi

Ive been to the Dig Tree 5 times first time sept 2000 the road has always been the same across the bridge up the road a km or two turn left at the airstrip and go pass the big white Nappa Merrie sign made out of pipe didnt know there was another way in there news to me if there is

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 18:16

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 18:16
Fisrt time we went there (15 years back) we swung off the Nappa Merrie road while heading east and zipped down over a ford on the Cooper (see Google Earth 141° 4'53.24"E 27°36'47.72"S) - looks like it would still be used by locals, but perish the thought that a tourist could go that way - no sir ! We have to go the long way, burn up more costly fuel bought locally and risk the tyres even more. I was astounded years back to realise how far that tree was from our camp on the Cully - we could have just about walked it (being fit as we are of course :-o), instead of doing the 100km roundtrip.
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Follow Up By: Member - A J- Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 08:41

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 08:41
Darian SA - agree with you comments and the map which we still have that came with our 1996 permit confirms.

27 kms from the Bore Track you crossed the Cooper and it was about 1 km above the dig tree. Then you could travel up stream for about 10 kms up stream to come to the main road. You are now some 5 kms north of the cooper where the new bridge was constructed in either 1980's or 1990's.



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