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Old 09-25-2014, 05:48 AM   #1
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Macquarie River crossing

Can anyone help? Is there a crossing say roughly between Hill End and Euchareena across the Macquarie River?
Dixons long point road? Or is it not passable on a big pig?
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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I believe it is passable at low water levels. Google Dixon's - Long Point rd. There are a few reports by 4x4ers with pics. Not sure if the is an automatic river level monitor upstream. Info can be found on the NSW Gov website( I think ). The department that looks after rivers and catchment.

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Old 09-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #3
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Its a ripper about 30m across has some round rocks and a bit if green moss if you get off the 4x4 wheel tracks.
You need water proof boots you will more than likely dab a foot down a few times. If coming from the hill end side I find the right hand side easier .
the depth does not vary much if you stay on the straight line across.
If it's been raining be careful.
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:31 PM   #4
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Dixon's Long point is an OK crossing , but , I have drowned my 950 once crossing there , some of the rocks on the bottom are quite large and if you do not keep your speed up can cause your bike to stop suddenly , and if , like me , you have short legs and find a gap between the rocks with your foot , . I have ridden my 450 across without issue and driven my Courier 4 wd across too with the Missus riding shot gun and she was not scared ( I was surprised she was not scared ).

As said above , if there has been much rain in the area avoid it , there is no indication of how deep it is , I watched a car ( 4x4 ) go through the first time I saw it to get an idea of depth before I went in , then fell over .

I found that the smoothest line is where the deeper water is ( Left side when coming from Hill End side of the river ) , the smooth line helps avoid changing direction or stopping inadvertently .
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:11 PM   #5
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Long point is a crossing that demands respect even when the level is low, the bottom as mentioned by others is tricky. I use it a lot (Family lives at Orange near there) and to be honest walk it 50% of the time.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNiq9PHAVDI

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epBI...QWgGwHqd5TSVaQ

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Old 09-25-2014, 06:54 PM   #6
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I did it a while back, the bikes were my son on a R6 Yamaha sports bike, a 1250 Suzuki Bandit and my 650 Strom.

We were warned by a local roo shooter that we had no chance, he would not take his 4x4 across, that was a challenge to us we could not pass up.

We arrived at the crossing just on dark so we walked it first to get our line and sent the R6 in first, he made it so we followed.

It was challenging but we did do it and got some respect from the drinkers in the Hill End Pub
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:57 PM   #7
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My Mrs prefers to walk it
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:07 PM   #8
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I did it a while back and decided to walk it, I know I'm a soft cock . Rocks very slippery and uneven. This photo was taken in a dry summer and hadn't had much rain for a while so I don't know what the water levels get to normally.
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I did it a while back and decided to walk it, I know I'm a soft cock . Rocks very slippery and uneven. This photo was taken in a dry summer and hadn't had much rain for a while so I don't know what the water levels get to normally.
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As you can see here in my photo is gets very wide and deepish. This is taken from the Mullion Creek side looking towards the Hill end side. I should have got Russ's wife to ride it for me as it was tricky with the group that day.



This happened the day before heading out to long point after I warned my mate to go around :loll Note not my bike





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Once out we put it up on it's back wheel and drained the exhaust system. Side covers off, seat off, plugs out (yes has two plugs) pumped then water out


Drained the air box and wasn’t there some water in that





Changed the oil later x5 in Portland and its still going today


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My wife does not ride, but as a pillion she's done a fair few river crossings, it's fair to say its probably her least favourite pillion activity, probably because I've dumped her in a creek more than once
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My wife does not ride, but as a pillion she's done a fair few river crossings, it's fair to say its probably her least favourite pillion activity, probably because I've dumped her in a creek more than once
Oh, she would still do better than I have on a few crossings mate My wife bails as well :loll :loll


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Old 09-25-2014, 09:40 PM   #12
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Since I'm by myself and looking at videos, I'd better avoid given recent rains etc.

Thanks guys for your replies, much appreciated.
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Rain? It was only Shitney that copped any moisture. I would drop my nose in and if it looks iffy by yourself then back out.

Mind you, much to my later regret I ( and others ) wimped out of the river crossings on the last day of the TK ride. A case of Mr Sensible ruling instead of Mr Adventurous.

I might even head out that way for a day trip on the sunday. Working saturday
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Since I'm by myself and looking at videos, I'd better avoid given recent rains etc.

Thanks guys for your replies, much appreciated.
The water level drops pretty quick after rain, if in doubt walk the bike over, the road on either side of the crossing is usually very good it's a nice detour.
On the Orange side the climb out has a few tight steepish corners that look worse than they are it is bit like swallowtail pass, if you have done that.
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Like Russ said, go look and walk if required cause it's a great ride. Having lived out that way I can also vouch it does drop quick especially with the dams low.


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