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Desert Parks Bulletin 470 – Highlights

Edited Highlights Desert Parks Bulletin No 470 – 5 March, 2014

Hi, here are the highlights from the current Desert Parks Bulletin issued today. If you are travelling outback over the summer period just remember the extreme temperatures can seriously stress both human and machine. Changes from previous bulletin are highlighted in red.

Lake Eyre National Park – Kati Thanda (Co-named on 14thNovember, 2013)

The lake is now dry.  The best way to see the enormity of Lake Eyre is from the air.

Halligan Bay TrackClosed until 15th March 2014 due to public risk over summer.

Level Post Bay Track. – Open to 4WD. Caution at ponded water.


Tallaringa Conservation Park – Anne Beadell Highway – 2014 Closures

Due to Department of Defence requirements in 2014, the Anne Beadell Highway and thus Tallaringa will be closed from 19 May—8 June 2014. March closure has been cancelled.

Innamincka Regional Reserve and Coongie Lakes National Park

General Vehicle Access

Note: Be aware that entry to Innamincka Regional Reserve requires a day/camping permit or a Desert Parks Pass that must be displayed on the vehicle windscreen.

Coongie TrackOpen to 4WD. Use caution at corrugations, as well as small washouts from recent rains.

Walkers Crossing TrackClosed between 1 December 2013 and 15 March 2014 due to public risk over summer.

15 Mile Track and Access to Cooper CreekOpen.  Caution at washouts when accessing 15 Mile sites.

Cullyamurra WaterholeOpen to 4WD.  Caution at washouts.  Trailers and caravans not recommended due to washouts.

Burke’s GraveOpen to 4WD.  Day visitors only.

Old Strzelecki Track (on Innamincka Regional Reserve only)Open to 4WD.

Bore Track NorthOpen to 4WD.

Bore Track SouthClosed. No visitor access across Bollards Lagoon station.


Witjira National Park and the Simpson Desert Reserves

Witjira National ParkOpen to 4WD. Camping is restricted to Dalhousie Springs, 3 O’clock Creek and Purni Bore.

Simpson DesertClosed until 15th March 2014 due to public risk over summer.As of the 16th of March 2014, vehicle flags will be mandatory in the Simpson Desert. 

Warburton CrossingClosed until 15th March 2014 due to public risk over summer.


*Desert Parks Passes are no longer available at Oodnadatta

THIS IS AN EDITED EXTRACT – contact us for an email of the full report.

Check road and local conditions before travelling into the Outback. Speed limits of 40km per hour apply within all Parks. For up to date public road information outside of National Parks, please call the Transport SA Road Condition Hotline on 1300 361 033 or visit the Transport SA web site.


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