We have just done the Old
Telegraph Track - so here is the report :-)
All in all - it could
have been wetter considering the Wet Season that we had -
lots of crossings were lower than we expected, but there are also some deeper
In This Issue:
• The Old Telegraph Track Right Now
• Feedback Always Welcome
OLD TELEGRAPH TRACK - SOUTHERN HALF
In 2010, I
did Palm Creek on my own, without
even noticing it as a difficult
years later - well in fact it was bad enough by 2014 - Palmie
is definitely amongst the most difficult crossings on the OTT
and that's your first one from the south!
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Palm Creek Crossing May 2017
difficulty lies not in the water level but in the
slope, being a hard
one to get up and for most people requiring a winch, or if
lucky enough - other people will be there to pull you out.
As of May - the early season - the slope is muddy,
boggy and even more slippery and hard to get up than later in the year.
North of Palm Creek May 2017
Palm to Ducie
- the stretch to the next crossing - is not too hard (just like most of
the southern half of
Once at Ducie - it is
the deepest one on the southern half of the track right now
- and as
you can see on the below photo - it is not extremely deep at all :-)
Ducie Creek May 2017
low and very easy, and yes - there was a mob of early
In fact the only one we saw - there were only a couple of other people
and at most crossings there was no one.
Dulhunty River May 2017
Bertie was also low and
very easy - this photo could have been taken late in the
year (when all the creeks are at their driest).
Bertie Creek May 2017
Gunshot changes a lot
from year to year - the fun that is had at this crossing
erosion, cutting the drops back big time, in the process some favourite
entrances get useless and some new ones form almost every
Gunshot Creek May 2017
This year the
challenging one is likely to be the left hand one in the above
photo (there are already some fresh tracks there), and the
cheat track is further left while the previous one - the last cheat
track - is getting eroded and turned into three steep drops :-)
Between Cockatoo and Gunshot, May 2017
Cockatoo to Gunshot was
fairly smooth with a few wet patches.
Cockatoo Creek May 2017
Cockatoo Creek was
shallow but the current was fair. The
entrances were muddy as you can see on the photos below.
Cockatoo entrance and exit, May 2017
Cockatoo to Sailor was
drier, but did have a few wash-outs left from the wet
Between Sailor and Cockatoo, May 2017
And north of Sailor
was much the same.
TELEGRAPH TRACK - NORTHERN HALF
More wash-outs from the
Wet just before you get to Scrubby Creek:
North of Scrubby, May 2017
Once at Scrubby Creek -
the depth is:
Scrubby Creek - in the deepest part
- May 2017
However - there is now
a cheat track on
the eastern side - so you will get through without a
snorkel (and that bit has also been updated in the Destination Guide).
Scrubby to Sam, May 2017
Scrubby to Sam
has its holes in places, and Sam Creek is shallow as.
Sam Creek May 2017
Mistake is also very
shallow, the below photo is as deep as it got.
Mistake Creek May 2017
And so is Cannibal - the
crossings in the northern half of the OTT are
all low - until you get to Logans :-)
Cannibal Creek May 2017
never underestimated Logans
Creek, and never understood why it
would get so much less reputation than Nolans. Ever since my first time
it was the deepest one, and it still was this year. Deep, swampy, you
wouldn't walk it because
the water is too murky in case there are
crocodiles. It was the
only one on the OTT where the water was over our
Logans Creek May 2017
Between Logans and
Nolans, there is a swamp, (it is only likely to
exist this time of the year - early in the season). However it is
something to consider, below
is also a video of us getting through it: Swamp
between Logans and Nolans
between Logans and Nolans, May 2017
- Nolans - the last crossing and always a deep one.
It was almost as deep as
Logans, and I walked in to show you the depth -
about a hip high it is :-)
Nolans Brook crossing May 2017
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
me know if you enjoyed it while planning before the trip, and
while using the
information once on the
If you get any questions
anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning, and happy travels to
those on the road!!
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