Birdsville and Big Red Update

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 20:34
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This link is from the ABC via Weatherzone.Link
Some of Paul Lockyers reports on TV are put on the ABC as transcripts. Perhaps other states saw this one last night. If it was on in Sydney I missed it. Anyway perhaps the ABC can send Paul southwestwards to Innamincka and then the Cooper ferry. Tried to enlarge pic of Big Red but the image size is too smallImage Could Not Be Found Cheers.... W
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 20:41

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 20:41
Hi Glenn
Made another phone call today about 2pm and was told they would get back with any news - no phone call yet. What they did say was that if the ferry does go into operation, it will not be until about a months time. There will be a 1 vehicle limit up to 10 tonne and no trailers.

I know a few people just like me that will be heading up there just to have a ferry ride and see all the water.

Have a great and safe Easter.


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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 22:56

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 22:56
If the ferry does run, roughly how long would it run for?? or how long do you think it would be needed?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 23:02

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 23:02
Hi Dunworkin
From local reports, the amount of water that is coming down the Cooper is equal to, or more than the 1990 flood levels. Back then it ran for 9 months, so it is the type of thing that is will not be over with in a few weeks. There is a very good chance that it will be like it for most, if not all the tourist season.


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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:23

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:23
Thanks for that Stephen L, we are hoping to go to the Birdsville races again this year, going via the Simpson desert this time so we are watching with great interest as to how things are going over there, I also hope we get a ride on that ferry too, would be great.

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Follow Up By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 09:28

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 09:28
Hi Stephen

Does the "no trailers" mean that I cannot take my Trak Shak + Nissan Patrol over the creek on the ferry or are they meaning larger trailers??
Might mean yet another change of plans for the trip this year

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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:08

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:08
Thanks for the up dates Steve.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:56

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:56
Hey Steve,
Not sure if you can help, but "IF" the ferry goes into action, how wide is the crossing and/or how long does it take?

I'm trying to guage if the additional time taken will impact our "Marree to Birdsville in a day" plan we have for early October.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 14:14

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 14:14
Hi Russ, John, Fab and others.
I have received a phone call today from a very friendly lady at Transport SA. She said that they are updating their outback roads report when they know the true facts. She said that they are receiving lots of phone calls, but this is what I can report so far.

They are receiving varying reports as to how quick the Cooper is heading south, so it is now purely at the mercy of mother nature as to just how long it will take to reach the Birdsville Track.

The Ferry will be limited to one vehicle at a time, to a maximum length to 7m and no trailers, and maximum weight of 10 tonne. Where the ferry is located, the water depth has to be 3 m deep before the ferry is put into operation, meaning where the Cooper goes over the Birdsville Track, it will have then closed the track.

As for the Trak Shak type trailers, please give Transport SA a call to confirm there thoughts on this, but I am led to believe it is no to all type trailers. The direct line regarding the ferry crossing is (08) 8648 5231.

Fab, in regards to doing the track in one day, yes it is possible, but if you have not been on it before, do yourself a favour and break it up over 2 days minimum. There is a lot to see along the way and Mungerannie has great overnight facilities to break to trip up so you are not pushing yourself.

I will not be able to get any updates for just over a week, as we are off up to the Riverland for kayaking and hopefully more new Trek Notes.


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Follow Up By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 15:06

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 15:06
Thanks for the info Stephen.

I'll give Transport SA a call closer to the time of the trip.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 02:19

Thursday, Apr 01, 2010 at 02:19
Thanks for the update Stephen, I will be following the progress as it goes along, I am hoping that it is all passable when we are due to go over.
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 09:30

Saturday, Apr 03, 2010 at 09:30
If it gets windy the ferry won't run been hold ups of up to 3 days in the past it's all about $$$$$$$$$$
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:18

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:18
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:24

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:24
Hi Doug, I can't believe that is Big Red, geez wouldn't get up it now!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:29

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:29
Yeh...seems to be lot of water around, but it won't take long to soak in,
By the way ...have you been watching The Biggest Loser, they started showing the series shot around here at My Bundy on Sunday night with a quad bike in my Bog Hole, if you missed it check the internet, if you can't find it email me.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 00:35

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No Doug not a biggest loser fan but will check it out on the net. Thanks

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 15:31

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 15:31
Doug,

I saw the shorts for that and it looked like the quad was sunk to the seat or thereabouts! That sure makes it SOFT!

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 21:29

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 21:29
Warrie,

Thanks for posting this - its really interesting.
In the past when these floodings have happened, we have only had descriptions that the swales were full of water, but its great to see the photos.

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