Dalhousie to Finke via Bloods Ck

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesDalhousie Springs
FinishFinke (Aputula)
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable for4WD AWD Camper Bike 
Distance192.57 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed58.66 km/hr
Driving Time3 hrs 16 mins
Page Updated: 4 Aug 2013


This route connects the Red Centre and the Simpson Desert but also intersects the Old Ghan in numerous places and provides an interesting drive for travellers that enjoy exploring old relics in a remote region of historic ruins and waterholes visited by profilic birdlife.

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Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol Fuel is also available at Mount Dare Hotel and Oodnadatta - see Mt Dare to Oodnadatta via Dalhousie.
4cyl 27 litres4cyl 31 litres4cyl 39 litres
6cyl 30 litres6cyl 35 litres6cyl 34 litres
8cyl 30 litres8cyl 32 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Trek Mid Point 174.38km W
Mean Max. °C36.935.532.127.922.618.918.922.026.930.233.235.0
Mean Min. °C22.021.518.
Mean Rain mm28.836.831.513.412.316.212.48.915.922.125.032.8
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Dalhousie Springs to Spring Creek Delta Track & Pedirka Track3.41 kmSW223° 5 min
Spring Creek Delta Track & Pedirka Track to 3 O'clock Creek8.02 kmW256° 9 min
3 O'clock Creek to Dalhousie Rd & Bloods Creek Rd23.89 kmNW310° 26 min
Dalhousie Rd & Bloods Creek Rd to Hughes Waterhole4.59 kmW292° 4 min
Hughes Waterhole to Bloods Creek (Ruin)10.6 kmNW294° 12 min
Bloods Creek (Ruin) to Bloods Creek Bore & Stockyards1.83 kmNW295° 2 min
Bloods Creek Bore & Stockyards to Gate - Bloods Creek Tk9.11 kmW273° 7 min
Gate - Bloods Creek Tk to Bloods Creek7.5 kmW270° 6 min
Bloods Creek to Bloods Creek Tk & Eringa/Abminga Tk18.87 kmW279° 15 min
Bloods Creek Tk & Eringa/Abminga Tk to Abminga Creek & Six Mile Bore13.54 kmNE27° 15 min
Abminga Creek & Six Mile Bore to Abminga Waterhole3.21 kmE78° 4 min
Abminga Waterhole to Abminga Siding Ruins0.57 kmNE48°
Abminga Siding Ruins to Border - SA and NT 15.82 kmN14° 16 min
Border - SA and NT to Abminga Creek Tk & New Crown/Mt Dare Tk10.81 kmN16° 11 min
Abminga Creek Tk & New Crown/Mt Dare Tk to Charlotte Bore0.23 kmW282°
Charlotte Bore to Gate - New Crown/Mt Dare Tk3.5 kmNW312° 2 min
Gate - New Crown/Mt Dare Tk to Mary Ann Bore17.33 kmN342° 14 min
Mary Ann Bore to New Crown - Finke Rd & New Crown - Andado Rd8.57 kmN358° 7 min
New Crown - Finke Rd & New Crown - Andado Rd to Finke (Aputula)31.19 kmW292° 25 min
Dalhousie Springs to Finke (Aputula)192.57 km  3 hr 16 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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