OKA Gathering 2018

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18 Sep 2017 17:13 - 19 Sep 2017 18:25 #1 by Lang
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Anybody thought about 2018 gathering?

Trying to plan the first half of the year and, if it fits, an OKA gathering would be on the plan.

What about somewhere like Port Lincoln to give the WA and NT mob a fair chance?

Lincoln National Park has some good camp sites and beaches. Coffin Bay has lots of more remote tracks and plenty of beaches.

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18 Sep 2017 22:25 #2 by dandjcr
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Lang, after being stuck at home for the past 2 years that would make a great inducement to complete my upgrades and get back on the road.

And not too far for us either.

Keep the thoughts percolating.

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19 Sep 2017 15:44 #3 by Peter_n_Margaret
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Point Sir Isaak (or somewhere near there) would get my vote :)

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19 Sep 2017 18:23 #4 by Lang
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"The Pool" campsite looks pretty good and big enough. Good 4X4 track to get into it.

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19 Sep 2017 21:13 - 19 Sep 2017 21:15 #5 by Peter_n_Margaret
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I have not been out there since 2001, but there are some dunes to cross and a drive on the beach to get there.
We had the F350 4X4 at that time and towed a tinny out there.
I reckon it would be pretty popular in the school holidays, so avoiding those would be a good idea for those who can.

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20 Sep 2017 04:36 #6 by Paul Scherek
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Having missed the last two Oka meets we would really like to make this one. But I do have a strong aversion to beach driving. Rust is my bete noire and so I avoid dune or beach driving if at all possible. Otherwise anywhere between Darwin and Hobart is great!
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20 Sep 2017 06:56 #7 by Lang
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Paul

If you look at Coffin Bay National Park on the map you will find there is no beach driving necessary. I think Peter is just exercising "because I can" option on his beach photo.

Having driven on beaches all my life without corrosion problems I think the instant rust fear is not justified. All it takes is a good wash afterwards to keep the vehicle rust free. Most people who have rust from beaches either work there , drive through the waves or do not wash their vehicles properly afterwards.

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20 Sep 2017 09:24 - 20 Sep 2017 09:45 #8 by Peter_n_Margaret
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I don't think that is correct Lang. When we were there in 2001 there was no option but to drive along the beach to get out to Point Sir Isaak. If I recall, it was early in the track out and about 3km. The sand was no issue. Likewise, the steep sections of the dunes had rubber mats laid.
But things may have changed of course.

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EDIT My memory might be a bit hazy?
My old 1:50,000 Auslig map of the area shows "4WD track along beach" along 7 Mile Beach to near Morgans Landing, so that is further west than I thought, and longer than 3km, if it is still valid.
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20 Sep 2017 10:04 #9 by Lang
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Peter

I will check, but going off the park info and Google Earth it looks like a dry run.

A lot can change in 16 years (including my hairline)

Will confirm

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20 Sep 2017 10:48 #10 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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Looking at the brochure I have here the largest campground has only 19 sites with 2wd access and the other campgrounds only have 7 or 8 sites each. Camping is in marked sites only according to the brochure too. So it will be too small for a meet I would imagine.

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20 Sep 2017 13:19 #11 by Outback Jack
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What about Alice or somewhere near by, Central for everyone......

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20 Sep 2017 13:26 #12 by Lang
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Pretty miserable in the middle of summer. OK later in the year for me..

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20 Sep 2017 13:57 #13 by Outback Jack
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Maybe around Easter

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20 Sep 2017 14:17 #14 by outyonda
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Fowlers Bay plenty of space west of Ceduna

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20 Sep 2017 14:24 - 20 Sep 2017 14:34 #15 by Lang
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That could work. Finke Gorge National park - 4x4 access, wonderful unlimited camp sites and great swimming.

As an exercise I just ran an arc of 1,000km from Mount Isa, Mackay, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. Amazingly with almost no triangle of error the lines all cross at one point - Currawinya National Park near Hungerford.

Melbournites have an extra 100km. Alice Springs an extra 250km Doesn't help Darwin and Perth people.

Currawinya has one of the most important wetland/bird areas in central Australia.

www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/currawinya/

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20 Sep 2017 14:35 - 20 Sep 2017 14:37 #16 by Peter_n_Margaret
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outyonda wrote: Fowlers Bay plenty of space west of Ceduna

Fowlers Bay itself is a small community with a caravan park and jetty, and a not very attractive beach, but we have spent a lot of time over the years a few kms west of Fowlers Bay at a spot called Mexican Hat. One of our favourite places in SA.
Some good 4X4 tracks along the coast, good fishing and plenty of "un controlled" space.
It is NP and fees apply. We expect to spend a few days (or more) there in the next month.

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20 Sep 2017 14:39 #17 by Paul Scherek
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Lang wrote:
Currawinya has one of the most important wetland/bird areas in central Australia.


Lang


... and FABULOUS campsites on the Paroo River.

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20 Sep 2017 14:47 - 20 Sep 2017 14:54 #18 by Peter_n_Margaret
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Mexican Hat, west of Fowlers Bay, screen shot of 1:250,000 Auslig map.
If you are looking for a coastal spot in summer, it does not get much better than this. We usually don't "share" this spot :)
It is accessible by 2WD and gets popular during holidays. Plenty of 4WD exploring opportunities along this section of coast, and other camping spots too, but not quite up to this one.

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20 Sep 2017 15:51 #19 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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I've often wondered whether we should shift the annual get together until a cooler period of the year.
It would make sense weatherwise especially if we want to make it more central and more equidistant as that means towards the centre of the continent where it is too hot in summer.
As Lang said Currawinya would be a good spot being very nearly central and would work in the cooler months.

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20 Sep 2017 17:32 #20 by Peter_n_Margaret
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My memory of Currawinya :(
The 2 fingers was in answer to Margaret's question as to how long it was going to take to get out. :)
It was probably 3 or 4 hours using a Turfor, shovel and compressor (tyres went down to zero on the gauge)..

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