Eringa to Finke

Submitted: Monday, May 07, 2012 at 16:42
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What is the distance between these 2 places? Not on the highway
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 16:49

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 16:49
Close to 120k, on my Hema map.
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Follow Up By: bjma - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 16:53

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 16:53
Thanks , Darian
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Reply By: Ozrover - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 17:30

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 17:30
Eringa Waterhole to Mt Dare via Bloods Creek - 70km, Mt Dare to Finke 105km = 175 total.

Eringa Waterhole to Finke Via Abminga & Charlotte Waters is approx' 120km, but passes through Station tracks that are not maintained.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 18:16

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 18:16
Unless you specifically want to go to Mt Dare, those ''unmaintained station tracks'' are a pleasure to drive on compared to the corrugated tourist routes.

OKA196 Motorhome.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 18:18

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 18:18
The second pic is actually between Abminga and Oodnadatta (north of the claypan).

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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 19:42

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 19:42

So are you suggesting people follow station tracks in preference to the actual road?

That's fine as long as they are aware that the "Station tracks" are not the recommended way to go, being "Unmaintained" they aren't travelled as much as the actual road & if they do have a problem then not to expect the station owners to come to the rescue!

A lot of these tracks are being closed for this reason, station owners are getting sick of tourists driving on tracks that they have to maintain at their own expense, especially after rain when they are easily damaged.

Yes they are a great way to see country that the "normal" tourist doesn't see, but be responsible, leave gates as you find them, & don't drive on closed roads.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:01

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:01
Gday Jeff,
Im a bit confused after reading your reply. Its probably just the way Im reading it, so could you clarify a couple of things for me.
Are you saying the Abminga track is private property and shouldnt be used?
Is it no longer in good condition and not maintained?
They would be doing the wrong thing by using this road without permission from the station owner?
Who recomends its not the way to go and why?

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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:05

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:05
You also can't get a nice cold drink and heads up on any conditions or maybe a top up with fuel.

Every time we are in the neighborhood we top up whether we need to or not, grab a coldie and ask questions.

Unless we visitors frequent places like Mt Dare then they close and travel gets a bit harder for some, besides they are a great bunch of people who do a terrific job.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick T1 - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:44

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:44
I towed a caravan from Eringa to Fink a couple of years ago with no trouble, just took it easy.

Made the same trip last year and the road was quite a bit better than the first trip with the track recently graded.

Great camping at Eringa waterhole and interesting scenery along the way.

Cheers Nick
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 09:22

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 09:22

Sorry if my reply wasn't clear enough, & I don't really want to start a bun fight, the original poster asked for a distance between two places, I was trying to point out that the shortest distance isn't necessarily the only option.

As far as station tracks go the track between Eringa waterhole & Charlotte Waters used to be part of the Old South Road, as you would know & is a great drive in itself, but the only maintenance that is carried out on it is by the station owners & any damage done by travellers has to be fixed by them if they need to use it, the NT roads actually do grade the road as far as the NT/SA border, but south of that it is the station owners responsibility.

When I said about driving on closed roads I meant in general terms, not that the road was actually closed.

Because these roads/tracks are not frequently used if someone does come to grief out there then help my take quit a while to get there, we had an incident last year when a family of tourists had a flat tyre around Finke & decided to continue on to Oodnadatta via Abminga with no spare tyre rather than come here & have it fixed, they were lucky & got picked up by some Finke locals & were taken to a phone & tried to get their road service provider to come & get them!, who do you think the road service provider called? Yep, us, that didn't cost them a lot in terms of recovery costs apart from having to buy a couple of second hand tyres, & a dressing down by Dave, but it could have been a lot different if the Fellows from Finke hadn't been passing through.

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Follow Up By: ChrisVal7 - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 15:01

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 15:01
Jeff, I have been told that this track is in fact a gazetted road and as such is available to any travellers who need to access it.

Well, that was our advice from a friend at Finke, just before we took that route a couple of years ago. We found it reasonably good condition, although admittedly it is an unmaintained goat track in places.

(By the way my mate Peter Roper sends his regards).
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 19:16

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 19:16
Thats true, but as I said NT roads only grade as far as the SA/NT border, it is a great drive in itself.

Say G'day to Peter Roper from all at Mt Dare.

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