Dig Tree - Nappa Merrie

Submitted: Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 11:51
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Just a quick post to see if anyone has been that way recently and whether it is currently open for camping.

I know on previous visits it has been possible to camp there, and as we aren’t going into Innamincka this year, and heading up the Arrabury Road, I thought we might spend the night there...

Cheers, The Landy

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Reply By: ChrisK - Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 12:50

Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 12:50
Landy,
Give the guys at the Innaminka outpost a calll I'm sure that they'll be able to tell you what's going on as Bomber(the old guy who looks after the camping area) goes in there every Tuesday with his dogs to get stores, mail & give the dogs their weekly treat of a meat pie. We were ther in late July last year & had quite a few interesting conversations with him. He'll also steer you towards the best camping spots if your lucky. Enjoy your stay & pack the yabbie nets.....
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 14:49

Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 14:49
Thanks Chris, and if I recall he had a dog name popadum or something similar, but it is a whle since I last saw him.

Cheers, The Landy
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 17:55

Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 17:55
Bomber is a great bloke isn't he?? I loved his yarns, coulda listened all week!!
When we visited last year (end of June)... the dogs were Pup and Puppette (IIRC)

Cheers

Brian

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Follow Up By: ChrisK - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 08:17

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 08:17
Brian,
Yes, he is a fantastic bloke and has a wonderful outllook on life. He dropped off firewood to us a few times while we were there last year and on one occasion my wife had some home made ministrone soup heated up and Bomber & the dogs joined us for a meal. We, as you were could have listened to him all night. He's had one interesting life and he's one very interesting fella and a credit to the human race.
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Reply By: ChallengeLee - Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 22:31

Monday, Jun 06, 2011 at 22:31
Innamincka to the Border via Arrabury Turnoff - Closed - Due to rain damage, Due to rain damage. Innamincka Causeway is closed to all vehicles


This is taken from http://www.transport.sa.gov.au/quicklinks/northern_roads/area1.asp

They are fairly up to date with road info...we have been keeping an eye on the roads out there for our trip at the end of next month.
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Follow Up By: Skippype - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 05:58

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 05:58
Don't get confused with the road names. The Innaminka to the border & the dig tree (Napper Merry) then up the road to Arrabury are all open and in fair condition.
I know as I am there at present and travelling around the area.
Yes the causeway is closed but that doesn't take you to the dig tree.
Skip
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 07:58

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 07:58
Hi ChallengeLee

Thanks, we will actually be coming from Thargomindah Way, and then heading north along the Arrabury Road via Haddon Corner to the Birdsville Development road. This is an alternative to the route you are referring to, and as Skip correctly points out. Actually quite a pleasant drive...

We had intended to come up through Cameron’s Corner on our trip to the Gulf this year and spend a couple of nights at Innamincka, a favourite spot of ours along the Cooper, however due to the flooding in the area in recent times elected to go this way.

Skip

Do you know if it is possible to come up along the Arrabury Road, and then cross the border at Arrabury and head north past Cordillo Downs to the Birdsville Development Road. We aren’t ‘wedded’ to going to Haddons Corner

Cheers, The Landy
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Follow Up By: Skippype - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 13:00

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 13:00
The landy
I am not 100% sure if that road is open yet. I have been talking to a few truckies over the last few days and they have all been going up past Arrabury via the Birdsville Development road. Things could change and you could ask the locals at Innaminka they will know for sure.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 16:22

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 16:22
Does closure of the Innamincka causeway mean that it is not possible to drive into the town, and the pub? I thought the town was open from Noccundra. Perhaps I have read it wrong.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 16:33

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 16:33
Hi Skip & Kevin

I spoke with National Parks today... The Cordillo Downs Road to Birdsville Development Road is still closed, and this includes the section from the Arrabury turn-off that takes you up past Cordillo Downs. Not to be confused with the Nappa Merrie to Birdsville Development Road up past Arrabury...

The road from Thargomindah/Noccundra is open, and you can get from the Dig Tree to the Innamincka township...and most of the campsites along the river are open at Innamincka.

Coongie Lakes road is closed this year.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 17:17

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 17:17
Now there is a revelation. My question arose from a misconception that Innamincka was on the north side of Cooper Creek and that you needed to cross a causeway to get to it. Wrong! Thanks Landy for your on the spot information.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 17:54

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 17:54
Hi Kevin

Found this image on the web. You can see the causeway in the far left of the photo where it crosses the Cooper. That is the Cordillo Road heading north to Birdsville.

Innamincka Causeway

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 18:05

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 at 18:05
Thanks Landy. Plan is we will be familiar with it soon. In there for lunch from an aircraft on 4th July and back in the Jack for a night on 20th July. I might start to get excited sometime soon.
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