Burke Developmental Road in November

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 20:23
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Hi there,

I plan to go to the solar eclipse in November. Can anyone please advise what the Burke Developmental Road will be like (from Normanton) at this time. I notice there's a couple of creeks and rivers on the map and do not want to have to back track if there is any major obstacles in the way.

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 20:14

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 20:14
HI Alan, looks like you are avoiding the crowds and the possble coastal clouds. Palmerville, King Junction and Sefton are nearly on the centre line - are you heading that way? As for the road, the wet should not have begun so why wouldn't it be open. Otherwise two easy days from Normanton along the Gulf Developmental Rd and up past Mareeba to Mt Molloy. If we miss this one it's NW Cape at Exmouth in 2023!!!...W
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Follow Up By: equinox - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 20:33

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 20:33
Hi Warri, thanks.

Any of those three places will be fine by me. Palmerville and Maytown preferred however have my dog so may be a problem.

I drove over to the one in Ceduna however that was only 39 seconds long, this one is two minutes.

On top of a high mountain with views to the west would suit me fine. If you can recommend one that would be great!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 21:48

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 21:48
We went to the 2002 event but saw it from a spot on the highway 73 km north of Woomera, along with 2000 other blokes with greybeards. LOL. 10 years on and with 6 months to go it's a matter of trawling thru lots of sites to glean info and then decide as you suggest, a peak with a view. Try these sites for starters..W
http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~jander/
http://eclipse-chasers.com/tseNext.php?TSE=tse2012d
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:15

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:15
Cheers for those links Warrie

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Follow Up By: Member - John R (cQld) - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 20:50

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 20:50
You might like to look at this site too, Alan.
Eclipse
If you left click on the google map after it loads, you also get a display of exact eclipse times for that point (in UTC time).
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 17:56

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 17:56
Hi Alan

You should keep in mind that the eclipse starts at sunrise on the coast (near Oak Beach) and the totality is at about 6:40 AM Queensland time when the sun will only be at about 14 degrees above the horizon. ( 1 1/2 fists on an outstretched arm). As you go further to the west it will be lower so that totality will be at sunrise somewhere in Arnhem Land. At Palmer River you might need chainsaw to get a clear view (or maybe a jack hammer)!

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 20:18

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 20:18
Hi Min,

Thanks for the advice - May be better slightly south east of the river. Mt. Elephant??

Best be getting into bed early the night before :)

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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 18:55

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 18:55
October is the start of the Storm Season in the Gulf Country. It is unlikely you would get stuck for a long time that time of year, but it is quite possible to get stranded for a few days if you get on the wrong side of a storm and I have seen many a creek flooded that time of year.

I have also been caught out there in Late October and also seen a scraper bogged to the doors in November on the Normanton side of Dunbar.

So it will all depend on what we can not foretell, the Weather :-)

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 20:20

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 20:20
Thanks Tony,

I guess I'll be taking a keen interest in the forecast when I get to Normanton.

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