by James O'Connell
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Monthly Day Trip for March
Birthday Waterhole to the back of Ellery Creek Big Hole, exiting south via Ryan’s gap or 8 Mile Gap to Namatjira Drive and returning to Alice via the bitumen- see attached map

Sunday 29th March 2020

Trip leader James O’Connell – 0404223424

Proposed trip, dependent on permit approval from both Parks and Wildlife and Central Land Council.

This is potentially our first trip utilizing our Western MacDonnell National Park MOU

The plan is to meet at Flynn’s Grave at 8:30am. Travel to the start of the Birthday waterhole track. Air down then travel west follow an old road marked on the Topo maps that tracks along the northern side of the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Stopping along the way to have lunch somewhere. The track will most likely over-grown so bush pin striping is almost certain. I haven’t traveled this track before, but I am expecting a mix of sandy and rocky terrain. The trip will be restricted to 7 vehicles including myself to minimize environmental impact.
Because of the permit process I have applied for a permit for myself and car. The remaining 5 spots will be on a first in first served basis. As soon as we have filled the remaining spots or 2 weeks has passed (whatever happens first) I will complete the permit for the remaining vehicles. If the trip proves popular, we can try and fill up the cars as best we can so as many people can join. The trip leader will carry the club spot tracker and will nominate a stay home Charlie to monitor our progress.

Please understand as this trip requires permits, this means we will have to adhere to any conditions put on the permit. Also do not attempt to do this individually without consent as we don’t want to ruin the chances of any future similar permits. (This was a pointed brought up discussed with a member of the CLC office)

Also asking anyone on the trip to have a form detailing any medical condition in your glove box as we are traveling relatively remote.

Please bring
Plenty of water, lunch, recovery gear, tyre deflating equipment and enough fuel for approximately 300kms.


John Flynn's Grave


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