New skytrek track

Thinking about doing Skytrek next time I am in the Flinders Ranges but it no longer goes to Mt Caenarvon and I am just wondering if anyone has been over the track and what it is like and is it worth doing
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Reply By: 222 - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:24

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:24
Hi - I've only driven the 'old' route so can't comment on your query but I wondered if you know why it's been changed??

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:52

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:52
Group that owns it has closed it.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:59

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:59
Also has gone up in price , there was a thread not long ago regarding this . We did the old track last year & loved it well worth the money , we took all day to do it ,also bush camping on your own , just a great spot & nice people, next time we will take our mount'n bikes .

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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:08

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:08
You might have to check this by contacting them.

Skytrek Willow Springs Station P/L
PMB 3
Hawker 5434
Ph/Fax: 08 86480016
23-03-12
To Whom It May Concern,
Brendan, Carmel and Michelle Reynolds would like to regretfully inform you that as of the 25th March
2012, Skytrek will be rerouted and stay exclusively on Willow Springs Station.
This hard decision has been made due to an ongoing conflict with the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby
Preservation Association after the recent lease renewal fee was issued.
Skytrek Willow Springs Station has made the difficult choice of not renewing the lease for the
upcoming 5 years terminating access to the Bunkers Conservation Reserve and Mt Caernarvon, via
Willow Springs Station, as of midnight on the 24th March 2012.
Skytrek will still operate and will have the same route up to marker 25 on the current track. From this
point, the track will be diverted east onto old station roads and offer new views and attractions to be
seen by the public. These attractions include ruins of old shepherd’s huts, the ‘original’ Willow Springs
waterhole, etc. Our new and exciting views are directed East and South and also include a brilliant
view of Wilpena Pound.
The new track is approximately 79kms long and takes roughly 6hrs to complete. The track will be
operating as of the 25th March 2012 and will cost $65 per vehicle. Registration for the general public
will still be available at Wilpena Pound Resort, Rawnsley Park Station, FRABS, Blinman Heritage
Mine Office and Willow Springs Station. The Skytrek Willow Springs Station office opens at 8am and
all vehicles must be on the track no later than 10:30am.
Don’t forget, souvenirs are available in the Skytrek Willow Springs Station office and amenities are
located nearby for your use.
We would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of Skytrek Willow Springs Station and look
forward to seeing you all at Willow Springs Station to try the new and improved Skytrek.
Kind Regards,
Brendan, Carmel and Michelle Reynolds
Skytrek Willow Springs Station

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Follow Up By: 222 - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:16

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:16
OK - I've just found out WHY it was closed which was m y original question - please see above.

What I cannot for the life of me understand is, if they're so worried, why don't they just move the Rello Rooted Fock Lolobies somewher else - we can all just get on with 4x4 driving then!

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Follow Up By: 4X4Treker - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:22

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:22
Thanks for high jacking my original post all of what you have said is old news and only one side of the so called dispute I already knew why it has changed and to be quite honest who cares.
I just want to know what the new track is like
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Follow Up By: 222 - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:33

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:33
???.....is your rant really directed at me or did you mean to post that follow up as a new post...

I haven't 'hijacked' anything...

Best regards and fondest thoughts

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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 17:43

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 17:43
Hi Treker.
I was not trying to hijack your post. Going by you MM sent. I was giving you a helpfull hint to your request. In my post there is a phone number. Now if you cannot get the info that you are after through E O menbers. I suggest that you ring that number and get the info from the horses mouth. They are all up to date with the situation.




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Follow Up By: 4X4Treker - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:15

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:15
Esarby
I would rather get info from people that have actually done it as I find that operators always pump up there tracks as it means dollars in their pocket.
From what I have heard and from what the operators are saying that it is no doubt going through some scenic country but not as good as the original route but I am trying to get some independent feed back.
Sorry to jump so quick but too often on here when you ask a question the info that you are after gets lost in the bull dust.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:34

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:34
Treker.
I doubt weather many people have done the trek as it did not open until March 25 this year. The people that run it are by all means reputable from the reports of past visitors.
but there again what is fantastic for one group could be very disappointing for the next group. Try checking there Website. Cheers and all the best.

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 20:08

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 20:08
I did both the original route, and part of the new route on 17/18 March.
TR and pics here . . . http://www.4x4earth.com.au/forum/sa-trip-reports/17505-skytrek-willow-springs-march-2012-a.html#post246502

The cost has actually gone down now, to $65.

I only had a few hours avaialble before driving home to Adelaide, so Brendan had done me up a mud map to do part of the new track south of the homestead.

Freshly dozer cut tracks are interesting, and there's some great terrian there and sights etc, so go for it.

The new track east of the Little Bunkers looked good on the map too, will get up there again someday and do the whole route.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 01:23

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 01:23
Les, would love to see the photos, however you can only view them in that forum if you're a member...
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 06:35

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 06:35
I'll try photobucket account to put them there and get a link up Scott.
Only just opened this a while ago and not sure if it's working that well.

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 08:59

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 08:59
Ok Scott, try this Google page . . . https://plus.google.com/photos/106964412619734833356/albums/5732134136875179057

Hopefully you can access this ok.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 09:07

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 09:07
Ooops, sorry, just realised wrong trip !!

Skytrek ones here !! https://plus.google.com/photos/106964412619734833356/albums/5732137813339030801

Also noticed the broken link to the TR, so tiny URL is http://tinyurl.com/bt57eny
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 09:56

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 09:56
thanks Les - look great - may be down that way in May
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