by James O'Connell
Posted: 2 months ago
Updated: 6 days ago by James O'Connell
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Time zone: Darwin
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Ends: 12:00am Monday 30 March 2020 (duration is 1 day)

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the NT this trip had to be canceled/postponed. A public announcement for all NT national parks is expected by the end of the week. Source NT Parks & Wildlife

Monthly Day Trip for March
***Update*** Good and Bad news. I have received the required permits from CLC and NT Parks and Wildlife. Unfortunately they have denied permission to cross the Larapinta Trail and access the area north of Ellery Creek. We have been given permission for the rest of the trip, so the we will now travel as far as we can until we reach the Larapinta trail and turn around and exit via 8mile gap. We can then travel to Ellery creek via the normal way (Namatjira Drive) or return back to town. At this stage the car spots are filled but if anyone who is on the waiting list wants to come along as a passenger I request for you to be added to the permit.

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

This is potentially our first trip utilizing our Western MacDonnell National Park MOU
Meeting point and departure time will be advised closer to the time. 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 6 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.


Ellery creek big hole, northern territory


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