Offroad Adventure Mishaps.

 

The Strzelecki Track

Frank bogged
Named after Polish Count Paul Edmund de Strzelecki, the 'highway' from Lyndhurst in the south to Innamincka and beyond in the north used to be one of the driest and loneliest tracks to transport mobs of fat cattle to the Adelaide market.

Today the southern point of the track is Lyndhurst, surveyed in 1896. Here Dutch born, self-taught Talc artist, poet, bush philosopher and supporter of the new flag for Australia, Cornelius Alferink has carved himself a place in outback art and modern history.


Barry bogged
More than hundred years ago it was Captain Starlight, of Robbery under Arms fame, who gave the track notoriety. In 1870 Henry Arthur Readford, better known as Harry Redford, or Startlight, drove a thousand head of stolen cattle from Queensland, down the Barcoo and Cooper past Mount Hopeless, to Blanchewater where he sold them for $10,000. When finally apprehended in 1872, the now folk hero and his two accomplices were found not guilty.


Shane's flat tyre
In earlier days the track terminated at Farina and cattle from Avondale, Blanchewater, Cadelgo, Coongie, Cordillo Downs, Cullamurra, Haddon Downs, Innamincka, Merty Merty, Monte Collina, Mount Hopeless, Mount Lyndhurst, Murnpeowie, Nappa Merrie, Tinga Tingana, Titcha, and Wallelderdine were walked to its railhead to be transported to the southern markets.

Land at the southern end of the track was first taken up by John Baker at Blanchwater in 1857. At the northern end it were settlers from Warrnambool, Victoria, who gained pastoral leases in 1872. One of the first mobs of cattle to be walked down was in 1877, taking about ten weeks. The Strzelecki Track was last used by drovers during the 1930s.

Cameron Corner

Tyre repairs
Cameron Corner is where the three States meet - Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. The Corner store is in Queensland, receives its supplies from New South Wales and telephone services from South Australia! Visit the survey marker opened in 1969 and originally surveyed by John Cameron in 1882-83. Licensed accommodation, camping, fuel, meals, phone and souvenirs are available. See you at the Corner!

The Simpson Desert

Big Red
Located within the driest region of the Australian continent, the Simpson Desert is one of the world's best examples of dunal desert, a sea of parallel red sand ridges some 300 - 500 kilometres long covering a total area of 170,000 square kilometres. Although it receives slightly more rainfall than the Sahara Desert, the mean annual rainfall of 130 millimetres is very variable and unpredictable. Summer temperatures can exceed 50 C.


Big Red
The Simpson Desert lies across the corners of 3 States, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, with the South Australian section divided into 3 protected areas, Simpson Desert Conservation Park, Simpson Desert Regional Reserve and Witjira National Park.