The Very Latest Cooper Ferry Figures

Submitted: Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 14:21
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Firstly I would like to again thank the friendly staff at the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure , Northern Region for the very last ferry details for the period 30th June up to and including the 12th July. This under 2 week period includes the School Holidays, but those that have been following the numbers will see that the numbers are going through the roof. Also included are some extra details that are also very interesting, the number of crossings from each side that carried vehicles. The below figures are for the 2 week period only and include:

Number of four wheel drive vehicles 699
Number of Passenger Cars 12
Number of Buses 7
Number of Motor Bikes 27
Number of Adults 2348
Number of Children 437
North Crossing ferrying vehicles 359
South Crossing ferrying vehicles 366
Busiest day for that period 6th July 2010
Number of vehicles ferried on busiest day 76

The ferry is running 7 days a week during daylight hours.

If you have not had a ride yet and are still thinking of heading up that way, it is not too late to take that trip with a great display of wild flowers expected in the following weeks when conditions start to warm up.

Until my next update

Have a great weekend and start planning you trip.

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 14:59

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 14:59
Gday Stephen
I find that interesting because i can't go and have a look.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:19

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:19
Hi Murray
I am finding it very interesting on how many people are using it, with the figures for 5 weeks only at 1485 vehicles, 5052 people and 1980 ferry crossings. When it is put back on the blocks at the end the final figures should make everyone stand up and listen.

We will have to get travellers to post lots of pictures for you.


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Reply By: SimonW - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 17:51

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 17:51
Thanks Steve, would be great to see & experiance but with a trailer on the back its not practical, it looks like our tourist $'s will need to head in a different direction. Love the updates thou.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:27

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:27
Hi Simon
Depending on which way you are travelling, I personally think that it would still be worth the drive to see the country like it is, a sight that might not happen for another 20 years or more. Speaking for people that I know have used it, they all speak highly of the experience.

Take your camper and camp on the banks of the Cooper for a few day and just unwind.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:14

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:14
Hi Simon
Hot off the press, you can now get your camper over on the ferry. See my latest post.

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Reply By: wjh41 - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:42

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:42
Hello Stephen,
Thanks for the info.I am go up that way at the end of next week just to have a look at the cooper running over track and check the ferry.I am towing a camper trailer so after that off to Birdsviile via wherever the roads are open.
Sorry about the spelling its beer o,clock Friday.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:59

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:59
Hi Wally
You are in for a real treat and if you have been there before, you will not believe your eyes. We were so impressed when we went up in early June, we are also heading back again for a longer stay in a few weeks.

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Follow Up By: wjh41 - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 20:13

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 20:13
I will keep my I open for the black prado and the canoe

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Reply By: Marion - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 21:26

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 21:26
Hi Stephen, thanks for the update. By the sounds of it, it is going to be beautiful out there.I hope you lucky people who go there post some photo's so we can be green with envy hehe.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 21:33

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 21:33
Hi Marion
From what I am hearing, it is going to be one of the best season out that way for many years. With warmer weather on its way, the flowers should be unreal. One of our customers from Leigh Creek said that the wild flowers are looking great for so early in the season and the road between Copley and Arkaroola has large areas of Sturt Desert Pea in flower already.

I am sure there will be many fine pictures appearing on the forum in the coming weeks.


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Reply By: Member - nrb1748 (VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 22:51

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 22:51
Stephen,

I was contemplating a post asking about the wild flowers in SA but you have now mentioned the subject.

I need to do some planning so what is the expected timing for a good show?

As I may be limited with time to travel, is there any one area that has a better display than others?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 23:23

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 23:23
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Regards to the wild flowers, it will depend on the area. Teraa from north of Etadunna said that it will be an unreal year up that way and I hear the same for the Flinders. As for time it would be from any time now on. I will be in the outback area very soon and will be able to give a run down when we get back.

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Reply By: camwill69 - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 05:43

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 05:43
Stephen,
Wish you would stop posting this info as you are making me realy toey to get out thier. I can only hope that it is still looking so good march next year as that will be the first chance I get to head out that way.

Work will have run out by then and I will have time to go.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 08:57

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 08:57
Hi Cam
If you can not get there until then, then the next best thing will be reports and pictures. I have not had any updates with how long the Cooper will run for, but from earlier reports, it was looking like the ferry was going to still be running in March next year. I will give my contact in Transport SA a phone call next week to see if they have any latest news on how long they are expecting the ferry to run.

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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 12:17

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 12:17
Ok Finally I thought I would post a couple. I will also make another thread in a minute.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 13:53

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 13:53
Hi Peter
Great pictures, I hope it is fine when we get back up there. It has been very wet again and has made the track quite sticky.

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