Cameron Cnr via Mt Brown Track through the Gammon Ranges

Hi,

Gammon Ranges & Flinders Ranges Trip . . .

I have a 2018 Mazda BT50 4x4. It’s stock standard except for the snorkel, canopy and roof rack. I’m allowing about 10 or 11 days for the following trip.

I’ll be starting at Hervey Bay making my way to Cunnamulla then Cameron Corner. I want to go from Cameron Corner via the Mount Brown Track (Google maps) through the Gammon Ranges, see Lake Frome and the other highlights and then proceed from the Gammon Ranges to the Flinders Ranges and then Broken Hill and then to Sydney.

Regarding 4WDing through the Flinders Ranges, there’s quite a lot of information through Googling. Not so much though on the Gammon Ranges.

Has anybody experience with making their way from Cameron Corner (via the Mount Brown Track or similar) through the Gammon Ranges? Any other tips on what to see and do would be appreciated as well.

Cheers,

Paul
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 09:07

Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 09:07
https://www.exploroz.com/forum/68508/mount-brown-track
You will need permission from Quinyambie, Lake Frome and Moolawatanna Stations and you can not cross the border, so would need to come down from Cameron Corner on the SA side. It will be difficult to get those permissions.
I visited some of the south western part of that area recently. Tracks have had little recent use because those properties have been de stocked due to the drought, but in general they were all trafficable without much difficulty.
The Gammons is dryer than I have ever seen it. Scrub and even big eucalypts are dead or under severe stress. We drove right through the Gammons and did not see a single kangaroo or a single wedgetail.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L5SX6fxmlc
They are hand feeding the yellow footed rock wallabies on Arkaroola to keep a breeding stock alive.
Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 09:35

Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 09:35
Another couple of short clips of the Gammons from 2012.
https://youtu.be/V212SJQ4mYY
https://youtu.be/sg_uy78SjiI
And a pic of a piece of the western end of the Mount Brown Track, August 2019.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 19:39

Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 19:39
We have spoken to the landholder and were told Mt Brown is a no go due to "wankers in 4x4". We were also told Hawkers gate is now locked.
Another way is the Strezleki a
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 20:11

Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 20:11
We generally come south/north via Mt Hopeless and Moolawatana.
Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 20:46

Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 20:46
Great drive to. Nice track from Moolawatana through Mt Freeling to the Strezleki
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 21:11

Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at 21:11
The last undeveloped PUBLIC track in the Flinders.
Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: GG7777 - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 at 21:43

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 at 21:43
Good camping also at Terrapinna and a well presented and informative walking trail, though when last through there Moolawatana had a road closed sign up , we enquired at the station and were told they , like so many others had got sick of the idiots.
The thing I found most interesting is the amount of damage to the “water level structure, in a valley that looks like it hasn’t seen rain in years
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Reply By: paulblue - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 09:06

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 09:06
Hi,

Thanks everybody for taking the time to reply. Seems like some people have ruined it for the rest of us (surprise!)

I’ll have to enter another way it looks like.

Cheers,
Paul
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 19:11

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 19:11
If my memory serves me correct, that was on Quinyambie Station and was more than 25 years ago. 4 vehicles cut up the station tracks when it was wet.
They have long memories.
About that time we drove through that area on the SA side of the border at the invitation of Quinyambie with a group from the Toyota Landcruiser Club of SA to look at the ruin at Tilcha with a view to restoring it. It is a stone building in a beautiful spot. Unfortunately (we thought) they decided it was too hard and did not proceed with the project.
This was soon after the completion of the restoration of Kudriemichie Outstation on the way to Coongie which was also on a Kidman property and partly financed by them.
Might be interesting if some group offered to take on that Tilcha project now?
Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 20:07

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 20:07
Not a matter of long memories, it is ongoing. We ran into a group who when coming upon the road closed sign on Mt Brown returned to the ranger station and checked the board. Because Mt Brown was not on there (because it's a station track) they assumed the sign was a mistake and drove up the road. This after we told them that it was a private station road and it was in fact closed. This is the mentality of some of the morons who own 4X4s
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 21:31

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 21:31
Ranger Station? Must be a different Mt Brown track?
Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 21:43

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 21:43
Peter:
At Balcanoona there is
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 21:53

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 21:53
That's 70km from the Mount Brown Track. So they did a 140km round trip to check? Wow.
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Peter
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