SIMPSON DESERT CLOSED AT BIRDSVILLE - do I have your attention :)

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Some kind sole sms me last night to tell me this, not funny considering our departure on 23rd to cross W to E.

Checked the BOM sight and Bridsville had only (allegedly) received 6.5mm Sunday, total of around 13 mm for the month with evap of 26 mm.

Strooth Ruth what is happening out there?

Have seen some youtube postings of crossings at Eyre Creek. Any recent updates? Depth etc.

Count down is on, 8 sleeps before heading off.

Thanks in anticipation.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 07:57

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 07:57
Hi Russ
We are in the same boat, but have a little extra time. Two weeks before we leave but them at least another week before we head over the Simpson. As you would know, providing that it does not get any more rain, things should dry out by then.

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Reply By: Member - Ray (QLD) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:38

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 10:38
This was the scene a couple of weeks ago, but there was a diversion to the south.
From what I hear there is still a lot of water laying around and recent rains may have caused a few problems.


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On the flight over Cooper Creek and Lake Eyre, the water from the Cooper is still a fair few K's from Lake Eyre . . . leads one to think there may be water there next year as well . .

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Oh, it was asked the other day whether they were using one or two motors on the punt . . . they are only using the one as when they used two, they found the punt got up on the plane as was too hard to stop on the other side . . p, it is Friday . . ))



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Reply By: Ozrover - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:57

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:57
The simple answer is that the Simpson desert in not closed at Birdsville, the southern diversion is still in place at Big Red, & the northern diversion is still in place at the QAA line for Eyre Creek, there was talk of a small southern diversion in place but not yet confirmed.

There has been substantial rain north of Mt Dare & the Old Andado track has been closed, the road up from Oodna' should be open shortly & I drove out to Kulgera yesterday with no problems.

Expect there to be water in the claypans around Poepple Cnr & south of the Knolls track.

Also wet around perni Bore to Freeth junction.

I hope this clears things up for you.

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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:35

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:35
Thanks Jeff.

Do you know what the depth is at the Eyre Creek diversion.

Saw some footage on U tube and it looked to be under 500mm.
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:42

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:42
Prickle,

The last that I heard was that it was about 600mm at the Eyre creek bypass, Dave will be back from Birdsville tomorrow night & he will have current information about the desert.

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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:48

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:48
Thanks Jeff will keep an eye out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozzie Nomad (VIC) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 20:29

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 20:29
We came through in June 08 west to east.
Over the four days it took for the crossing, we went from beautiful blue skies and dry red sand, to bonnett high water in bog holes and flooded clay pans.

It doesn't take much rain to totally change everything.

When we left Melbourne everything was dry and fine. But over our three week loop of the Oodnadatta Track, Simpson Desert, Flinders Ranges, we saw just about every kind of track condition. It's all part of the adventure. Just prepare well and go for it. If you get out of shape, you have guys like Jeff at Mt Dare to haul you out and patch you up.
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Reply By: NavyKid - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 21:41

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 21:41
Cooper Creek water entered Lake Eyre 3 weeks ago. It is rapidly filling Madigan gulf (the east side of the lake) and will soon be connecting with the large mass of water in Belt Bay.
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 23:08

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 23:08
here's what the Eyre Creek northern bypass crossing looked like about 2 weeks ago, it would have been about 500mm deep at best. the crossing was easy going and not a drama at all, though not sure what effect recent rains have on that system.

pictured is a hilux with 2" lift doing the crossing. looks abit deeper with the slight bow wave, so take that into consideration

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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 20:30

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 20:30
Thanks mate, reckon I saw your U tube posting. Good work.
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 10:47

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 10:47
Stop panicking - nothing is closed. Bit of rain during the week shouldn't scare you lot. Get out there and have a good time!
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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 20:37

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 20:37
We'll be there. Just keeping things alive. :)
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 10:48

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 10:48
Prickle, are you aware that Marree had 37 mm rain this week?
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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 20:38

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 20:38
Yep, checked BOM that night.

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Reply By: Teraa - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 14:49

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 14:49
Only local rumor it's not like I saw them but they say there is 10 vehicles bogged in the Simpson. I don't think it was a little rain as the Warburton has risen 2 foot in the last 3 days that I am sure about.
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