Yilgarn over Easter

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 19:26
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Hey All,

Will be out in this area over easter - Black Nissan towing an offroad camper.

Thanks to everyone for the various forum posts/trek notes/websites - have been a great help for an area which seems relatively 'unknown' (I might have some mixed up but thanks to Rod W, John Baas, George, Lionel, getoutmore, Rod, ricochet, Daveo, equinox..hmm may have missed some)

Hope to visit Pigeon Rocks, Mt Elvire, Johnson Soak - from there hopefully come down though Hunt range, HA Range following the route that George has documented here leaving from Johnson soak passing the stone hut (starts half way down page);

George's Blog

...not too sure if that track is going to be suitable for the Conqueror trailer and it doesn't seem to be marked on my 250k stuff (can't see anything leaving Johnson Soak heading south).

Anyway, see what it is like when I'm there.

If you're out there say g'day :)


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Reply By: Rod W - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 22:06

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 22:06
Might see you out there Pete I'll be in a white troopy with a red bull bar, red roof rack, red rims.

To get to the stone hut, which is Reid's Hut and not Dimer, coming down from Johnson rocks the track goes around the edges and eastern end of a large clay pan which should be quite okay but upon exiting on the southern side of the clay pan the bushes create a narrow track with them brushing right up against your vehicle.

Map no. 2838 Lake Giles Pt Barlee SH50-8, 1-100,000 (a map) maybe of interest to you. Also Western 4WD Driver did an article on the area a few years ago.

See ya

Rod W
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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:47

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:47
Thanks for the reply Rod - hopefully bump into each other :)

Will chase up that map and have a look through the back issues of Western 4WDriver.


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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 19:30

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 19:30
Just as an FYI, this is the followup from Map & Chart Shop Freo.
Guess I'll just stick to the existing 1:250K I have, and download the Geo maps that George mentions below...

The 1:100K doesn’t exist for that. It is an unpublished dyeline which is just a hand drawn sketch for the area and it is about $45.00 (as opposed to $10.00 for the published maps). The 1:250K of Barlee is available for $10.00.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 20:03

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 20:03
H Pete,

Don't underestimate the quality of the "line drawing" 100k maps. They are more accurate than the 250k. They may show a rocky ridge going a bit further, or a longer sandridge in some places, and more creek detail. They are black and white.

I bought a stack of them for my 2003 desert trip (every single one on my route) and used them intensively in my planning.


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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 20:20

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 20:20
I was thinking that it sounded interesting...

I'll see if I can get it before the weekend.


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Reply By: 109 - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 04:17

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 04:17
To head south from Johnson Rocks to Hunt's range will require some tight tracks - assuming nothing has changed (for the better) from around 10 yrs ago.

South of Johnson has a nice track (cleared/widened a few years back) and fairly clear all the way to Reids Hut and west from there.

BUT, south of the junction from Johnson track south and Reids hut the track gets a lot narrower and thick... Again, assuming it hasn't been upgraded/cleared since I last drove it, I wouldn't personally take a camper/trailer unless you don't mind it scraping down between thick overgrown tracks for 30k or more... Anyhow, you can drive down and see what it's like, worst case head to Reid's and then the Mt Manning Range and west from there.

http://www.george4wd.taskled.com/oz2001/ontrack.jpg shows what the track down to Kurrajong Rocks looked like 10yrs ago. Note the twigs/debris building up in front of the windshield. Kurranjong Rocks has a gnamma hole - that would likely be pretty disgusting prior to winter rains. It is located at 30deg 10.72' and 119deg 52.8' (roughly).

If you download the 250k GEOLOGICAL maps you'll find the track south of Johnson all the way to Kurrajong RH and down to the Hunt range etc. I run oziexplorer on a laptop and on a PDA and having access to various maps is great when in the bush. I also like to 'pan' an area of interest in Google earth and then run it from the 2gig cache along with a GPS to get a 'visual' of the terrain that I'm driving through - handy when there might be something interesting that isn't shown on a map.

I also have older 100k maps of the Kurrajong RH area, but they're paper and back in oz. Even those didn't show Kurranjong RH. Wrote the mapping twits years ago complaining the RH wasn't marked on the 250k maps and they sent me 4 or so free 100k maps of the area stating that the RH was on those maps - it wasn't :) But at least I got some free maps... Kurrajong RH **IS** on the place name server - just not on the maps....

It is my biggest peeve that the oz mapping departments seem to love removing information from the newer maps. Bastards seem intent in limiting information and access to old areas. The old maps use to show most if not all of the fence lines (that invariably had decent tracks along them), the new ones have 'lost' that information.

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Follow Up By: Rod W - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:54

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:54
This has got to be my mate George S in America. G'day Geroge come on jump on a plane and come bush.
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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 09:41

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 09:41
Great - thanks so much for the reply George... Will suck it and see... Might have to exit West through Manning range then back in again to the HA ranges off the Evanston-Bullfinch Road.... Might be starting to get low on fuel at this point though - the 4.8 petrol likes the juice.

Have looked at the 250K geo maps, and there is a bit more detail on these than the 250k topos.

I have all the Oziexplorer techwizzery, so will load these Geo maps up.


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