Warburton Crossing - SA

  River Crossing


DEG: -27.06254 138.776733
DMS: 27º 03' 45.14" S 138º 46' 36.24" E
UTM: 54 J 7004691mN 279508mE
Altitude: 18.8m


Place Type

Infrastructure - River Crossing


872.28kms North of Adelaide

Address & Contact

Birdsville Track
Innamincka SA 5731
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Just 8km west of the Birdsville Track the Warburton Track crosses the Warburton Creek. This contains the combined flows of Eyre Ck and the Diamantina R which will have spread out into the Goyder Lagoon and take months to subside.
This is the critical southern entry/exit to the Simpson desert. High water levels have kept the crossing closed in 2009 and 10 with 2011 likely to be a repeat. Open in 2015. 2018 looked good until big rains in Qld in early March sent floodwaters downstream. A stream gauge 3 km downstream got to 3.4 m deep by May then down to 0.74 m by Sept with the crossing open.
2019 as of March has an even bigger flood on the way. Water cut the crossing on 14th rising from zero to a level of 5 m in 2 days and peaking at 5.7m. Lake Eyre Yacht Club having a sail starting here and down to Kalamurina in mid April.
2020 - open in July subject to Covid restrictions. 2023 closed until at least mid July.
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Closest Weather Station

Birdsville at 22/01:30pm EST
Distance from Warburton Crossing 141.35km NE
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Birdsville Airport
Distance from Warburton Crossing 141.35km NE
Mean Max. °C40.
Mean Min. °C26.424.721.717.
Mean Rain mm20.933.

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