Rawlinna to Cocklbiddy or Forrest Eucla?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 06:26
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I am doing a trip south on the Connie Sue Hwy and wondered which would be the better route south to the Eyre Hwy.
I noticed in Ron and Viv Moon's book on this area that the track from Rawlinna to Cocklbiddy is hard to follow and thought it maybe better to head east on Trans track to Forrest then south to Eucla.
Cheers ,thanks for your help.
Tony
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Reply By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 07:20

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 07:20
Been a while since I was out that way but you could take the cable haul road which gos directly onto a south heading track after the transline. it passes lake boondaroo and joins up with the Rawlinna Balladonia road.

I few years ago i was camped at lake boondaroo ad a couple of blokes in a troopy had come up that way heading to the Nullarbour muster
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Follow Up By: Member- Tony C - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 20:41

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 20:41
I thought about looking into heading south on Cable Haul Rd if I were to visit Plumridge Lakes but have decided to save that for another trip.
Thanks for your reply.
Tony
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 15:06

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 15:06
Gday Tony,
Rawlinna to Cocklebiddy is OK to navigate if you have computer mapping. The hard bit is to find the right road south out of Rawlinna. There are a few rudimentary signposts.

Others head south from Haig. I haven't done this track - I've always taken the Rawlinna - Cocklebiddy road.
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 15:28

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 15:28
When we went through there a couple of years ago, the wild flowers were out in full bloom and we couldn't find the track. had to stop the car and go for a walk to find the track again a few times. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member- Tony C - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 20:56

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 20:56
Thanks Phil.
I dont have computer mapping at this stage relying on paper maps and checking position if in doubt with GPS. A hema navigator or similar is on the list.
I will probably start this track and if in doubt head back and across to Haig then south.
Cheers,
Tony
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Reply By:- Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 16:32

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 16:32
We did it last year and went to Forrest and down to Eucla.Great trip along the line and had two nights at Forrest.stayed in the old weather station.
Cheers
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Reply By: Plasnart - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 19:25

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 19:25
Hi Tony.

You can't get to Forrest along the Trans Aust Railway "legally".Haig is as far east you can go and after that it is a private track. The track from Haig to the Hwy is very very easy to find and follow and comes out about 20km east of Cocklebiddy. I did this track earlier this year and found it to be a very enjoyable drive. Bit rough in parts but nothing different to what you'll encounter on the Connie Sue. The track from Rawlinna to Cocklebiddy may be a bit harder to find as others have said and I haven't driven this track so couldn't really comment. But the Haig-Cocklebiddy track is probably less traveled and I found it great fun. Have a good trip!
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Follow Up By: Member- Tony C - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 21:14

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 21:14
Hi Plesnart,
Yes , I noticed on the Hema map that it is listed as closed between Haig and Lyons. I had been referring to a book on the area where I didn't see any mention of it been closed.
I will give the Cocklebiddy- Rawlinna track ago If I have any problems with I will head back and go down the Haig - Cocklebiddy track.
Thanks for your help.
Cheers,
Tony
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