Waiting time at the Punt

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 18:11
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A mate of mine is heading up there next Sunday and is wanting to know what is the average waiting time at the punt,he will be there around 2 in the afternoon heading nth.cheers GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 22:16

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 22:16
Wouldnt you think it would depend entirely on how many people are there at the time.

Bit like trying to know if it will be wet or fine at the time.

Could be good at 1.30 then 10 cars arrive at 10 to 2.

Read Stephen Clares threads he says how long it takes to go over and back.

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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 20:15

Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 20:15
Yeah thanks for the reply,thought it was a long shot question.No harm in askin.cheers GD
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 07:41

Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 07:41
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Reply By: Fab72 - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 12:55

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 12:55
Green Dog,
I was up there about 3 weeks ago. Waited 15mins to get across going north at about 3pm, and 3.5 hrs the next day to get across heading south in the morning which became early afternoon. Hit and miss really.

You can predict the estimated wait roughly be calculating the following:
Most people leave to head north from Marree.Marree to the ferry takes about 1.5 hrs and people generally check out at 8-10 am in the morning, suggesting that from 9.30am til 11.30am is when the bulk of the traffic shows up. Depending on how many cars are in the line up, your mate might be alright.

The actual ferry takes 15 mins return trip, eg: picks up 4 cars per hour/per side.

We're heading up there again in late September so I'll be intersted to see the difference in traffic volumes and water level too of course.

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Reply By: Bruce M - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 21:42

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 21:42
We joined the northbound queue at Cooper Creek yesterday (Sunday 24 July) at 12.35pm, with 7 vehicles in front of us. We were on dry land on the north side at 1.45pm, 70 minutes later. The current ferry crew are doing a great job.

Bruce M
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