colson track

Can anyone tell me if you can go from the french line along the colson towards alicesprings.
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Reply By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 06:30

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 06:30
Found this on the attached link:

The Colson Track was built as an access track to Alice Springs. It is slow going, following swales between the sand hills north to the rocky Atillera tablelands, and on over the Hay River. The crossing over the Hay can be quite rough. It then continues over floodplain country to Nummery Station, where you join a graded road west to Alice Springs (300kms). It takes two days of solid travel to get to Alice Springs.There is no public access on this road.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 07:31

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 07:31
Basically NO, CLC do not issue permits full stop.
We travelled it years ago before the Aboriginal lands were created and in those days it was mostly a good dirt road, basically 60-70k all the way.
These days it is badly eroded in places, very overgrown in others and travel for the most part is slow, where you can get along a bit it is corrugated.
We travelled a little bit a few years ago in the middle of a Madigan crossing and another little bit at the bottom two years ago (both outside the CLC land) hence the knowledge on recent conditions.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 08:05

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 08:05
Hi Paul
Like you have been informed above, it is now impossible to get permits for the very small section about 3/4 of the way up. We have driven a small section of it, coming in from the west from The Twins, before heading out to Geosurvey Hill.

Not happy with the reply from the Permit Officer from the CLC, I spoke to their legal officer, and stating the removal of permits to travel through Aboriginal lands. The legal person then explained that under no circumstances are permits issued and that they do often sit down there if they hear any rumours that the track is used. I was informed large fines apply if caught and vehicles impounded.

Do not risk it and give there legal more reason to close of more sections of outback Australia.



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Follow Up By: Member - Paul & Bill M (SA) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 23:13

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 23:13
thankyou very much for the info much appreciated.
oh well back to the drawing board.
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Reply By: Member - Paul & Bill M (SA) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 23:15

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 23:15
thankyou all.
we will go another way back.
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