simpson desert crossing june 2010

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Image Could Not Be FoundIn 1983 I crossed the Simpson Desert in a 1982 2.8L long wheel base nissan and what a difference to the desert I crossed in the past 10 days.
We left Sunday 13th. June after a few months of planning and to our delight the track was opened a few days before and so off we went.
Four different vehicles were in our convoy: A 2009 BT50 Mazda traytop, 2010 Triton Dual cab, DT22 Nissan Dual Cab and us in a 2008 76 Series V8 Diesel Landcruiser.
We carried 165L Diesal in a long range fuel tank, 55lt water in a fitted fibreglass water tank, our sleeping gear on a roof rack (2 tents gear for three people - 1 @40 years, 1 @ 68 years and one at 70years).
Oodnadatta track from Marree was realy good, Oodnatta to Mt. Dare excellent, Mt. Dare to Delhousie stoney and very rough. Camping at Dalhousie was good only three vehicles there on the day. We proceeded into the desert and there was a detour nearly to Freeth Junction. From Freeth Junction along the French track was good with bonnet high growth, no traffic at this stage.
Continuing along the French track we turned down the Erabena track to the lone coolabah tree, the track was well defined and other than washouts was good. Along the Rig raod the sand was slowly overtaking the road and is disappearing.
Up the Knolls track which was illdefined was very sandy and washouts were prevalent . Then back onto the French track which was quite difficult due to a lack of definition and big drifts of loose dry sand. We travelled up the K1 which was good and joined onto the QAA line which was easy going the we travelled up and around to the flood bypass and Eyre creek had about tyre height (700mm) water. Continuing on the Qaa line to Big Red but bypasses around the flood plains to east and west of Big Red were slow going. The V8 pleasantly surprised us with 14.6 Lts/per 100 using 102Lts of the 165 carried. We had 20lts. of water left with about 15lts given along with food to a couple on motor bikes, one had hut her leg in a tumble, she was recovered late that afternoon by the Birdsville garage.
The Triton averaged 15.4Lts and the D22 15.6Lts.
The wildflowers , the prolific bird life, the quantities of flooded plains and the amazing crossing by ferry on the Birdsville track (good condition) realy made for a great crossing.
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Reply By: PNH - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 17:16

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 17:16
Heading that way in about 10 days. Thanks for an excellent wrap up.
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Reply By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 19:17

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 19:17
Appreciate the heads-up on the crossing.

We are leaving from Sydney - heading up the Oodnadatta Track from Marree.

We are departing Mt Dare on the 3rd July. Be interested in how many nights you camped between Mt Dare & Birdsville. Also, what tyre pressures did you find most effective?

Thanks for any info,

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Reply By: Member - Animal (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 19:32

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 19:32
Paul & Bill,

Thanks for the trip report it was a good insite of the latest conditions.We (group of 4) depart friday & saturday initally heading west through Qld then onto Alice down to Ayres Rock onto Dalhousie then through the Simmo and out into Birdsville then home.Looking forward to the trip after
everyone putting so much into the planning.Loved the pics on the dune with the water in the background.

Nige' & Melissa.
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Reply By: Adey - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 20:28

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 20:28
Excellent wrap up. We are heading across the Simpson (party of five vehicles and 20 people) departing Mt Dare circa Tuesday 29 June and arriving Birdsville Sunday 4 July). Did you have many difficult recoveries Paul and Bill? Would likewise be interested on how many nights you spent.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul&Bill M riverton- Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 at 09:55

Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 at 09:55
to all,
we spent 5 nights in the desert and had 22 psi front 24 rear no recoveries in the sand but one in the mud at the edge of a floodplain near big red.
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Reply By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 22:34

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 22:34
Thanks for the feedback Paul. Just the sort of stuff that we need. Heading of from Adelaide 32/7 & this gives us some hope of getting through W-E to Bridsville.

Thanks for the pics & reports on fuel consumptions.

I gather you did the by pass at Eyre Creek and did not cross it?

Any problems getting to Big Rd caused by water?

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Reply By: Vernp - Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 at 21:09

Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 at 21:09
Thanks for the trip report, we are heading up there at the beging of July 6 vehicles your report has been very encouraging
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