Simpson Desert Hay River Update Query

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 07, 2010 at 22:28
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Just enquiring if any intrepid adventurers have been out the Hay River in recent days. I am heading out mid August and hoping for massed wildflowers and not too wet, though it could be rather interesting.
If anyone knows of a blog here or there with some photos that would be the shot.
excellent green centre travels to all
PeterM
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Reply By: mechpete - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 00:33

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 00:33
gooday Peter M .
I will be travelling south on the Hay river trk middle of august , 1 possibly
2 patrols an 2 dirt bikes . looking forward to it , keep ya eyes out for us
cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 08:52

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 08:52
Hi Pete. How are you? I'm almost half tempted to bring the troopy recovery vehicle for you!! Perhaps next time. Cheers mate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (ACT) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 09:20

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 09:20
Pete
no worries will look out for you.
PeterM
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Reply By: Voxson - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:22

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:22
I was there last week.
Deepest red sand with the greenest cover you will ever see in places there.

There track right through is very defined the whole way.
You will not need the gps co-ords for even a moment.

There are only a couple of challenging dunes on the northern part and the rest is a basic drive..

My 1hz used about 180litres from mt dare....
Landy Disco used 200litres..
Navara 180litres...

The flower coverage is awesome......

Fuel at Jervois is $1.77 diesel.

Flies, flies, flies, flies, flies,,,,, the whole way.....

Approx 120 cars have travelled it so far...

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Follow Up By: Voxson - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:40

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:40
sorry,,, correction on fuel price.........

Jervois has eftpos now at a 3% charge..
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (ACT) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 09:24

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 09:24
Voxson
thanks for the update, best info here on ExploreOz, enthusiasm has raised another notch and I hope others reading you info also get useful info. Oh by the way I like your truck, well setup.
PeterM
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:25

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:25
Hi Peter,
We have just returned from the hay River track last Sunday and we had a great time. The track is very rough and bouncy with lots of sand and dust. The track out to Lake Caroline is very hard to find at the start but is dead easy once on it. There was lots but not masses of flowers out there and good birdlife at the lake.
We left from Birdsville and the Simpson had a lot of traffic.
We were in an 80 series LC, aftermarket turbo, and carried 190 litres of diesel and made it comfortably to Jervois to refuel (at $1.98/litre).
It folks at the Aboriginal camp were great hosts and we would have liked to stay another day to do the bushtucker tour, which is a bit steep at $80/pp, but time didn't allow that.
A visit to Goyders Pillar is well worth the effort and is about 1.5 hours round trip from camp.
Nights were cool at about 5 degrees and the days about 23 degrees.
There was a 65 kms bypass for Eyre Creek and Big red was closed due to water on both sides but the chicken track was open.
Don't even consider taking a trailer on the Hay River track though.
Message me if you want any more info.
Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (ACT) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 17:47

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 17:47
Ian
thanks for the info, just the sort of report we were looking for. We will be taking our time on the track and intend stopping at Batton Camp for two nights. Glad you had a top time.
regards
PeterM
PS like your truck
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 12:24

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 12:24
I just came across the Simpson and am headed up the Hay tomorrow. The desert is wall to wall flowers at present- like never before.

Wim just came down the Hay and reports it badly washed out and wind blown from Maddigan 16 through north of Maddigan 15.

Watch the blog in 10 days time. :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (ACT) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 19:13

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 19:13
David
Thanks for another piece of the Hay River jigsaw. I will look forward to your blog when you get back in internet range after completing Hay Riv. In particular I am thinking that the recent 75mm plus rain in the northern Simpson (Jervois rain gauge) will have changed things to another shade of 'green'.
safe travels
PeterM
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (ACT) - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 17:43

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 17:43
David
I was thinking you are probably back from Hay River by now, just interested - how was it and is it green compared to last year in the Simpson??
regards
PeterM
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