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Old 07-02-2008, 04:45 AM   #1
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Australia - Flinders Ranges, Birdsville, Corner Country

Aus Cruzer (Scott) had a plan for a weeks trip into the desert from Melbourne solo. He needed a rear tyre for the XR400 and as I had a spare Michy Desert with about 200km I offerred it to him (for a suitable exorbidant price). During the tyre changing party a plan was hatched for me to tag along.

The plan was to tow the bikes along the tar to Broken Hill (Scott has company car) , then on to Innaminka via Cameron's Corner, Coongie Lakes, Walkers Crossing to Birdsville, a punt out to Poepell's Corner in the Simpson Desert then the Birdsville Track to the Northern Flinders Ranges and home.

But due to rain and track closures we decided to do the trip in the opposite direction to allow the tracks (hopefully) to dry out and open near Innaminka.

So after securing the car and trailer in the friendly Army Reserve Compound at Broken Hill head west along the Barrier Hwy and turn north from Yunta. We were pretty tired so after about 100 k's of dirt found a good clump of scrub (rare on the eastern side of the Flinders) and set up camp.



Lots of dry wood, Bushmills and Stones Green Ginger Wine.







And my bed for the night

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Old 07-02-2008, 05:01 AM   #2
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Next day was a big one to head back west to Wilpena Pound for a refuel then a zig zag through the Flinders to Chambers Gorge for the night.

On the way to Wilpena Pound









After juicing back up at caravan/retiree central we headed down the Bunyeroo Gorge and out through Brachina Gorge back to the Tar.





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Old 07-02-2008, 05:11 AM   #3
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On the way we were lucky enough to see some Yellow-Footed Rock Wobblies. Fairly rare still.





Next stop for an Emu burger the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna (plus a few beers)



Scott loves me, really.



Back east through Parachilna Gorge (now a highway, no creek crossings). Due to the parlous state of our booze supplies a quick stop at Blinman for port and more Stonies was required.



Then on to Chambers Gorge for the night

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Old 07-02-2008, 05:25 AM   #4
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:25 AM   #5
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On the way into Chambers my bike started to make some very bad noises from the rear end. So a sooner than normal stop was required in the river bed to set up camp and assess the damage. Coincidnetally it was in a side gully containing aboriginal carvings.









Despite the legally protected status of the site there are still idiots who scratch, scrawl and generally debased this site.









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Old 07-02-2008, 05:32 AM   #6
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Next morning all was revealed, 500 kms down, 2500 kms to go.


Rear shock seals completely gone. I've got almost 20k kms on the bike, a little bit of suspension abuse, so I should have had it serviced prior to leaving. After only having got back on Saturday the shock has been serviced and repaired and will be delivered into my hot little hands tomorrow - Suspensions R Us Melbourne

I could talk about the XR400 Scott was riding but why bother - Swiss watch.
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:48 AM   #7
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Gorgeous ride and this is "winter" in Oz.. right?? must be nice
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:49 AM   #8
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The next day was basically a punt further north to cross back to the West to Copley then Nothh to Marree then the Birdsville Track to Mungerannie. About 70 kms north of Marree on the track is an artesian hot bore available for a "bathe". Warning, ultra gay shot



That night was spent in the hotel with Phil downing a few beers. The Govt have halved the flowfor his hot bore swimming hole meaning it can't get really hot, so understandably he was pretty peeved about this as it was really a drop in the ocean.



Next morning view from the bed



Scotty being an ex-mechanic thought this was a gooer

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Old 07-02-2008, 06:06 AM   #9
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By this stage after the track I realised my bike was not going into the Simpson with a blown shock. I rang Innaminka that night to see if Walkers Crossing Track was open to Innaminka to be told it was still under water. The decision was made to continue to Birdsville and cut down the Cordillo Downs Track to Innaminka. No photos but we took a short detour out to the Warburton Ck crossing on the way.

Arriving in Birdsville I went straight to the Police Station to check the state of the Cordillo Downs Tk only to be told "That's in South Australia, we don't do that". So at the pub asked around and was told it was closed. Rang the Innaminka Store and was told the same thing. We would have to go around and head south on the Queensland side though Arrabury, requiring an extra 30 litres of fuel for both of us (including a healthy reserve due to the state of the tracks) and a departure of 0430.

So we both shared costs for a 10 litre jerry for the XR and 20 litres for the 990. After all this was sorted we checked into the the Birdsville caravan park. We informed them that we would be leaving early only to be told we would have to push our bikes out (despite all the unpowered sites being downhill by the Diamantina River) due to concerns about noise. "Of course we will".

And just to make a mockery of the track closures we had an invite to dinner at Birdsville rom a retired couple we met at Mungerannie. Despite all the closed tracks they had followed the advice from their GPS (set to shortest route) and made it through from Brisbane via Innaminka and the Flinders. They were rather surprised that the Old Strezlicki as advised by the GPS had disappeared under water and they had to drive their 2wd Commodore Sedan through the desert sands and around the lakes to make it.

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Old 07-02-2008, 06:23 AM   #10
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The closure of Walkers and Cordillo Downs turned out to be quite an opportunity anyway. I thnk we had one of our best days riding through Beetoota then due south for 550 kms or so with only about 3 vehicles seen.

So after pushing the bikes out of the park we headed off east. The track in places wasn't too good. Scotts headlight was interesting yellow so we tried to ride side by side until the sun came up. Which it did!!



It was cold. We stopped at Beetoota for a look around and a coffee and gave the now empty 20 litre jerry to some chaps in 4wd heading West to cross the Simpson. We had a poke around the old pub. Very interesting but didn't take any photos. After passing through we did sit through a few beers hearing about peoples experience at the pub, now vacant for a few years.

After about 50 kms my bike started to struggle after crossing a causeway and gradually came to a stop. Scott and I then had to liberate some of my baggage from the rear wheel.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:53 AM   #11
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Soon it was time to turn South and head past Haddon Corner (Qld NSW border) on fairly good, gravel tracks. Half way to Innaminka we reached the sand country straddling the border. Due to the early start it was time for more coffee and photos.



Then some camels



Before arriving at Innaminka.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:19 AM   #13
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We rode past the Dig Tree and Burkes Grave as it was getting late. From (failing) memory we got to Innaminka about 4 pm. Fueled up, straight to the hotel next door for a beer.

As the only place to camp was along Coopers Ck we asked the 3 chaps enjoying not an insignificant amount of beers where to camp.

Them - "Near us at Policeman's, great spot"

Us - "Is there wood for a fire there?"

Them - "Nup, but we have plenty, join us for a few beers"

Us - "Do you have room in your Waeco/Engel for a few beers?"

Them - "No worries"

Us - "We have no room to get them there on the bikes"

Them - "They'll get hot as we are in the tinnie so we don't get done. Our neighbours from the campsite are here, they'll take your beer"

Downhill from here I'm afraid. The great couple dropped our drinks off with a promise to join us later for a few more. At this stage it was time for a swim in Coopers Ck to get rid of the dust.



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Old 07-02-2008, 07:39 AM   #14
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So then followed a night a socialising with honest, good hearted Aussies.

The neighbours delivered the beer.

The boys arrived





With yabbies.

Out of the boat, straight away we had Coopers Ck yabbies offered on ice from their esky. Perfect.

Then it gets hazyish. Skeeter and I hit it off as he does and I have lived on Yorke Peninsular in SA. All the guys enjoy fishing etc so lots of common ground for extended beer drinking. The couple who transported our drinks join us. It was a fun night on the banks of the Cooper. I fell off my stool once but didn't leave until I saw Skeeter fall of his later (I thought it Okay to fall off mine but when your host does, time to leave - Scott stayed)

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:59 AM   #15
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What our priority was now was to get to the Coongie Lakes. My old man spent a fair proportion of his life in the Simpson/Strezlecki Deserts in the mid 60's to 70's working on oil/gas exploration rigs and he raves about the Coongie Lakes as being magical.

But alas the track was still closed. So we spent a free day visiting the hysterical spots from the Buke and Wills expedition.



"Died near here about" cracks me up. And makes me proud after a fashion. Translation - "we don't know, but its not important, he did the trip, got back here somewhere and died."
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