Birdsville Track

Would like to do the Birdsville track beginning of September. Has the water started to drop yet at the Cooper Creek crossing? I am over 7.8m long and cant use the ferry.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 18:21

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 18:21
No it still rising and is expected to remain for most of the rest of the year.
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Reply By: Malleerv - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 22:19

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 22:19
Just got back from crossing the Cooper. Talking to the punt operators and they said it has started to drop. It is visible on the shoreline of lake Killamperpunna that it has dropped back about 300mm so at a guess 100mm in hight maybe.
The punt operator also said they don't think they will be there as long as first expected but at least another three Months maybe 1 more.

Well worth the drive and we will most likely be back up there mid September.

Cheers Matt
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Reply By: Fab72 - Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 11:23

Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 11:23
Hello Anita,
Just got back from there last night. The ferry operators tell me they have been told they're on a 4 month assignment at this stage with probably longer to follow after that.

The track up to the ferry (Marree side) is in excellent condition. Camping and the availability of firewood on the northern side at the crossing is good but the southern side is swampy and barren.

We detoured to have a look at the MV Brennan and see where the Cooper crosses the actual track and....well...forget it! The road is well and truely under water and for the best part, unrecognisable as to where the road actually runs. It's sloppy too, so even after the water subsides, it will take months to fully dry out and be regraded to a level where it will be opened again.

My guess is that at best, and with a hot dry summer, the track will re-open in the first quarter of next year. You really have to see it to believe it as to how much water there is there. The creek at the ferry crossing is only about 400-500 metres wide. However, at the track crossing, it extends beyond the horizon. I have a SLR camera with 10X zoom and even at full zoom, I could not see the other side. It makes the Murray river look like a piddle on a puddle.

If you drop me a line at fabandsonja@hotmail.com I'd be only to happy to email you some photos.

It's worth the look and the experience for sure, but yes, the size of your vehicle will hold you back.

FYI....the wait to get across heading north was about 30 minutes, but yesterday heading south was a four hour wait.

Regards....Fab.
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Follow Up By: Member - michael (BOXHD) r (VI - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 08:35

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 08:35
hi fab we are heading up to the races in sept would be nice to see them photos of up there as this is our 1st time up there my email is box.hd@bigpond.com

thanks mick
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:04

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:04
Mick, Have sent the pix through to you showing both the ferry crossing and the road crossing.
Enjoy.!!!!
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Reply By: tam16 - Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 18:40

Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 18:40
We are in the same boat..travelling from Adelaide..is there another way to get to Birdsville? have been planning this trip for a year and am so dissappointed we can't do it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 19:28

Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 19:28
Hi Tam
Birdsville is not stranded, just go via Innamincka and up via Arrabury. Part of any good trip planning is studying the maps and looking at all possible ways of getting from point A to point B in the event of rain or road damage.

Have a great trip.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - michael (BOXHD) r (VI - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 08:37

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 08:37
hi tam we are going up theere to we will be going to birdsville via alice springs across to boulia and then down far as i no them roads are open

cheers mick
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:10

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:10
We're heading up that way again in Sept/Oct (after the races) and then onto Windorah, Longreach, across to Rocky and then back down the Eastern side to Canberra before heading home (Adelaide).

If you're not towing and you're under 7.8 metres, then the ferry is no problem at all.

If I had to make the choice of taking a van and going up the Stuart Highway or tenting it and going across the Cooper, I'd tent it. It truely is a once in a lifetime experience.

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:43

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:43
Hi Fab
Read that you had a ball and now you can see why we are heading back again in just under a months via 3 corners.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: tam16 - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 08:57

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 08:57
We are towing our camper trailer as we are heading back to WA, where we are from..we have a 200 series and are well over the required length..not to worry, have decided to go thru Innamincka..
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