A journey to the junction of Cooper Creek and Lake Eyre

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 at 22:07
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In September 1996 I and a small group of friends drove some 60 ks down the bed of the Cooper Creek to the point where it flows into Lake Eyre. The Creek was dry, but traps were never far away!

Amongst other things, we wanted to locate a Visitor's Book that had been placed there on 3 September 1990.

According to my records it was located at these co-ordinates:-
S 28 23 44.5 E 137 41 31.1

Although the book itself had been there for 6 years it was in excellent condition. I have attached photos of each page in it as I thought readers might be interested because of the history caught by the various entries. It looks as if the Creek was in flood when the book was placed there and a flurry of entries occurred around that time. However, there were no further ones until we arrived 6 years later.

Some of the names are well known (D Bartell, Rex Ellis etc) and although each journey must have been an achievement in itself, surely the prize must go to J C Beard, who walked in from Marree! Assuming he went there in a straight line, its a distance of approx. 110 ks, and over some very, very tough country. He was then going to follow the Cooper up to the Birdsville Track to find another adventure, so I would love to know what he has been doing over the last 30 odd years!

Finally, our trip required permission from two property owners (generously given) and National Parks and Wildlife Service SA. I wonder if it could be replicated today and, if so, what other history might be found in that Visitors Book?
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Reply By: Candace S. - Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 14:28

Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 14:28
Fun! Indeed, I wonder if that book is still there. And I wonder if "The Carp" has by now visited and left a sticker, LOL.

This also reminds me of Centroid 14 (use the EO search function if you don't know what that is!). :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Roger K (NSW) - Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 22:05

Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 22:05
Candace S,
Thank you for drawing my attention to Centroid 14 as I had not otherwise heard of it. I wish I had known about it in 2016 as I passed by there on my way out past CG Corner into WA to search for an historical tree that had been marked by four separate explorers in the late 1800's. Putting aside the danger of staking tyres etc. in the spinifex, it would have been a relatively simple detour to the site of Centroid 14.

The whole concept of Centroid 14 is quite fascinating, and the creators deserve full praise for bringing it to fruition.
Roger K
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Follow Up By: equinox - Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 11:46

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 11:46
Hi Roger,
Did you find the tree?

Looking for adventure.
In whatever comes our way.

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Reply By: DesF - Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 16:44

Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 16:44
Brought back great memories, I did one of Bryant's trips up there, with John Baker in a Subaru Wagon , in June 1985, 12 cars did a trip crossing the Warburton and attempted to cross west above Lake Eyre, but the dunes beat us, a fair few of this crew were on our trip as well, we had a bit of trouble on Lake Kitta kittaooloo, Thanks ,
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Follow Up By: Member - Roger K (NSW) - Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 22:20

Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 22:20
Part of the inspiration for our trip came from something I had read about a group (from memory, called The Port Pirie Mob) which had gone in there some time earlier in Subarus. I am now wondering if you were associated with them?
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 18:00

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 at 18:00
Yes, That would have been us, the Mate had a 83 model and when we went Bryant's trip, the Suby performed just as good as the bigger ones, so I then bought an 82 model , they were fitted with Subamod lift kits, etc , in September 95 ( just the 2 of us, )we did the Simpson and came home via Innamincka and Tibooburra, B/Hill. also we have done the Border Fence SA/ VIC, Googs Track, Finke, most of SA.
They were great little rockets, I then bought a "L" Model 1989 ( Googs Track , Finke )and towed the Jayco all over, Since then have a NF Pajero Super wagon, and have done all of the above again except the Simpson.
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: RMD - Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 20:32

Friday, Apr 09, 2021 at 20:32
If you drove down the Cooper for the last 60km you must have been heading north or south for around 40km seeing it winds back and forth for a long long way. Very reminiscent of a Rainbow Serpent!
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