Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby Kenny Koala » Thu May 22, 2014 10:16 pm

Sounds like we just missed you. we were at Noccundra on the 4th and in Tiboburra 6th of may and in innamincka on the friday the 9th made our way up to Coongie lakes on the 10th and stayed for 2 nights. How good is Coongie lakes.
Any way stay save with the rest of the trip, looking forward to the rest of your trip report.
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby Kenny Koala » Thu May 22, 2014 10:24 pm

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beaujest4 wrote:Sounds good Nig, waiting for the photos

A bit difficult with some of the sporadic connections we are getting, will put them all up on photobucket when we get back and post them up.


Yes we were going to put photos up and way points on the way but gave up as internet was hopeless.
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby Kenny Koala » Fri May 23, 2014 9:51 am

Nig, from what i can work out you were at Coongie lakes and we were at innamincka. :doh: We camped at Minkie Waterhole on the 9th and went out to Congie lake on the 10th. We took our time going out looking at all the camps on the way and the kudriemitchie outstation so did not get to the lakes until 3pm.

How good was the lake..... :thumbsup:
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby El_Freddo » Sat May 24, 2014 9:22 pm

Nig, quite the trip so far mate!

I'm jealous but I'll get there one day, probably dragging the family along!

Looking forward to the pics!

Safe travels for the rest of your journey ;)

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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby nig » Fri May 30, 2014 8:09 pm

Kenny Koala wrote:Nig, from what i can work out you were at Coongie lakes and we were at innamincka. :doh: We camped at Minkie Waterhole on the 9th and went out to Congie lake on the 10th. We took our time going out looking at all the camps on the way and the kudriemitchie outstation so did not get to the lakes until 3pm.

How good was the lake..... :thumbsup:


We were at Cullyamurra Waterhole on 7th, Coongie on 8th, and came back through Innamincka on our way to Birdsville on 9th, so did not miss you by much.

Yes, Coongie was awesome, well worth the visit - watching the sunset light-show over the dunes on the opposite side of the lake is something I wont forget soon.
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby nig » Fri May 30, 2014 8:21 pm

Anyway, have not checked in lately - communications in the outback away from the big centres is hopeless, and so have not been stopped anywhere with connectivity since Alice on Wednesday last week, and we are now home, so here is a catch-up:

Anyway, we got away from Alice late Wednesday morning and decided to check out the Henbury meteorite Craters, about 130 kilometers south of Alice. There was a reasonable camp ground there so we set up for the night and went and explored the craters. There were 3 other couples camped there, so we got together over a few drinks and compared notes on our travels until it got dark, when we all retired to our camps to cook dinner. A couple of hours after dinner a storm front hit, and we had a rather noisy, wet night from there on. By about 4:30 we got fed up with not being able to get to sleep, so we packed up camp and started driving at about 6:00 in the dark and wet, stopping at the roadhouse at Erldunda (Desert Oaks Resort) for breakfast.

The weather still looked pretty nasty so we kept on going to Marla, which is where the Oodnadatta Track turns off. We set camp here a bit before midday in a crowded caravan park, and the weather started to clear so we dried out our wet gear from the hurried packup that morning.

Next day the weather looked good, so we headed off down the Oodnadatta Track. Apart from a couple of bog holes that covered everything with red mud it was an uneventful rundown to Oodnadatta, where we had a burger for lunch at the Pink Roadhouse, and checked out the old Ghan ruins in the town. From there we headed South down the track with lots of side trips to check out ruined railway and overland telegraph buildings. The flies were bad which tended to keep us moving and by late afternoon we were at Algebuckina railway bridge, so we set up camp close to the bridge and waterhole and had a nice quiet night, the dingoes were even quiet tonight.

Next morning after taking a few pictures of the bridge in the early morning light, we were packed just as the flies got active and on the road south again. We were starting to get a bit ruined-out at this point and so were only stopping at every other set of ruins.

We got to William Creek late morning and the place was a hive of activity - there was a film crew in town filming a movie with Michael Caton called "The Last Taxi to Darwin", which is apparently the true story of a Broken Hill taxi driver who went Darwin to take advantage of the euthanasia laws that NT had for a while. So anyway we watched that for a while - we had to actually as the film crew effectively had the road closed. When they finally had a break we hit the road south again, ruins - hopping our way down to Lake Eyre South lookout. Here in a couple of the floodways we saw an altitude of -7 on the GPS, not likely to see that reading anywhere else much.

We set up camp for the night in a dry river bed next to an old Ghan railway bridge at Poole Creek, which is where the Dingo Fence crosses the track.

Next day we continued south to Marree. It was a bit early for the pub to be open, so we sent a couple of postcards and continued off to Farina. This place has changed a bit since we were last there in 2007, with a group volunteers setting up camp there for 3 months of the year to run the bakery, fix up signage, do conservation work on the ruins and generally fixing the place up. From there we headed to Copley and checked into a cabin for a rest day from camping - I had put my back out back at Marla when we were breaking camp and is was not getting any better so hopefully a couple of nights in a regular bed will see it on the road to recovery.

When we left Copley it was overcast, and we were not hopeful of it staying dry, but our luck held out and we did a bit of sightseeing along the Copley-Arkaroola road, stopping at Italowie Gap and Weetootla Gorge before heading down to Mt Chambers Gorge. After setting up camp we walked up the gorge to check out the aboriginal rock engravings.

Next day we got an early start as we had set a target of a fairly long haul to Silverton, but it was an uneventful run through some pretty flat and boring countryside. The road conditions down to Yunta were better than we expected as we had heard reports of damage from recent rains, but after some of the roads we had been on in NT they seemed pretty good to us.

We got to Silverton about 4:00 pm, and after setting up camp at Penrose Park, headed down to town to check it out. Last time we were in Silverton was about 1983, and it has changed a lot since then with old buildings being restored an artists setting up studios. And of course we stopped for a beer at the Silverton Hotel before heading back to camp to get tea.

An early start next day, and we decided to stick to the tar road after reading reports of damage after recent rain on the roads around Ivanhoe, so we headed south to Wentworth, and then along the Sturt Highway to Maude, just west of Hay, where we set up camp on the banks of the Murumbidgee at Yang Yang campground.

Today we had another early start and headed for home, with a lunch stop at Tumut we arrived back at about 3:30 after covering 8,256 kilometres in the past 4 weeks

Now we have a few days to clean up and fix things before we head off to Nana Glen for the long weekend.

Will be getting some pictures organised and posted up over the next couple of days.
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby beaujest4 » Sat May 31, 2014 12:04 am

Done well Nig, home safe and sound after a big trip.

Will expect a slide show and running commentary at JLW of the whole adventure
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby Taziiy » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:58 pm

Wow what a great trip Nig it will be a shame where not making nana glenn this year
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby beaujest4 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:40 pm

Yep Taz will be a shame to miss JLW, apart from the weekend you will miss all of Nig's stories.
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby El_Freddo » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:52 pm

Awesome trip report mate!

I hope to one day do the same thing, but in my Subi for something different...

More pics headed this way?

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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby nig » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:52 pm

Whoops! - forgot to put up the pictures

I had better attend to that, give me a couple of days to sort it out
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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby beaujest4 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:36 pm

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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby nig » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:33 pm

First night on the road - Goobang National Park, a bit south of Dubbo

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Darling River at North Bourke

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The gate to get into Queensland, Hungerford

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Hungerford Pub

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Sundown at Noccundra Lagoon

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Sunrise at Noccundra Lagoon

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Cullymurra Waterhole, Coopers Creek, east of Innamincka

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Kudriemitchie Outstation, Coongie Lakes NP

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Coongie Lake

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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby nig » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:52 pm

Cordillo Downs Road

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Cordillo Downs Homestead

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Cordillo Downs shearing shed

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Cadelga Outstation Ruins, Cordillo Downs Road

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Morning tea stop on Donahue Highway

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Tobermory Station campground

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Tobermory Station homestead

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Jervoir Station campground

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Harts Range, Plenty Highway

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Antijere, Harts Range

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Re: Nig's 2014 'Big Trip'

Postby nig » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:08 pm

The Gemtree campground

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Alice Springs

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The Todd Hotel, Alice Springs

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Ross River campground

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Arltunga

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