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Issue: 27 July 2013

Dear Subscriber,

In the last edition I reported on our trip to Coongie Lakes, and we returned there twice this month!
On each occasion we have enjoyed good weather, plenty of bird life and great scenery.

The Old Strzelecki Track was in excellent condition, and certainly preferable to the "Moomba Road" , plus it enabled us to pay our respects to "Little Jack" at Toolachie, and Harry Bird at Nappacoongie.

We have a Birdsville/Windorah and Channel Country trip leaving 10th next month (there is still a seat available!) then it is off to the Flinders Ranges and Arkaroola. With the recent rains, this area should look spectacular!

Due to demand, we have added another departure to the Gawler Ranges on 10th November.

All the best, and Cheers for now.......Howard

News from around the Outback


 Cameron Corner - Missing Bus

Just a quick answer to the disappearance of the Yellow Bus mentioned in our last newsletter.
It was an English double-decker and it's history was fascinating.
Apparently it was one of two double-deckers driven into the region by some Englishmen on a journey. The buses were then sold to a local farmer who used them as outstations where stockmen could eat, sleep and shelter.

Unfortunately it is no longer a landmark on the Merty Merty to Cameron corner road  .....It has been buried !

Birdsville - Missing Cairn
Diamantina  Council has recently received communication from a number
 of former staff of the Compagnie Generale de Geophysique
 (CGG)-Seismic Survey Party S6507 who surveyed and created what is now  known as the 'French Line' through the Simpson Desert in 1963-1964

They are trying to work out what happened to the small
cairn erected between the two existing cairns in 1998.

There is a survey mark where the cairn once stood.
If anyone knows what has happened to the cairn Council would be pleased to hear.


Birdsville -  



Kelly Theobald moved to Birdsville in April 2011 and became passionate about the outback. She is a journalist with a taste for adventure and wrote Onslo while planning her very own Volkswagen Beetle Simpson Desert crossing with her

partner, who is an extreme Volkswagen enthusiast.  


She hopes that Onslo and her future children's books can encourage families to explore Australian outback destinations and help children learn about outback lifestyles, wildlife and history.  


 In September 2012, the real-life Onslo was the first Volkswagen Beetle to cross the desert via the QAA line and French line, climbing over 1100 sand dunes along the way!

Click the pic for more details! 





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Innamincka  Geodynamics

Geodynamics Limited advises an update of the progress of the 1 MWe Habanero Pilot Plant trial being conducted near Innamincka in South Australia.

The 1MWe Habanero Pilot Plant was commissioned on 30 April 2013.

Since the last update Geodynamics has successfully concluded planned step rate testing and tracer testing sampling programs. During this period the company has also undertaken an extended turbine test run producing net power. The operation of the planthas met or exceeded all planned operational parameters, demonstrating stable and effective control of the closed brine loop, and high reliability and availability of the steam generation and turbine system.

An interesting "virtual tour" of the Habanero Site and explanation of how the  "Hot Rocks" process works can be viewed here.

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Adelaide Caravan Camping & Off Road Show

The Adelaide Caravan Camping and Off Road Show is on again at the Adelaide Showground from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August.  


The show will be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gates and a two-for-one offer is available online at 


 I will be working on the VKS737 Australian 4WD Radio Network Stand in the Jubilee Pavilion each day, so if you are going to the Show, come over and have a chat!






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Nullarbor Whale Watching

Whale watchers heading to the State's far west coast are helping to deliver sustainable economic benefits for the region's Aboriginal communities.


During the past year, around 28,000 people have visited the Head of the Bight Visitor Centre - near the Nullarbor Plain - to watch adult Southern Right Whales and their calves close to the coastline.  


The Visitor Centre is on land held by the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT).  


The revenue generated by the Visitor Centre is helping to create opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Head of the Bight region and the Visitor Centre is becoming a signature tourism destination for South Australia, as the whales often swim close to the Centre's viewing platform.  



The majority of the income generated by the Centre is invested back into repairs, maintenance, and upgrades, as well as other ALT initiatives. Much of the repair and maintenance work is undertaken by local Aboriginal people, creating sustainable job opportunities for the region's Aboriginal communities.  


There is now a great opportunity to build on the success of the Visitor Centre by taking advantage of the 400,000 tourists that travel across the Nullarbor Plain every year.  


This part of our State is rich in Aboriginal dreaming stories and several unique species of flora and fauna including Ospreys, Wedge Tail Eagles, Blue-breasted Fairy Wrens, Scarlet-chested Parrots, wombats, several species of reptiles and snakes, and some rare species such as the native apricot (Pittosporum phylliraeoides).


Check out the very informative HEAD OF BIGHT website! 


Upcoming Personalised 4WD trips 2013

                   CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW Itineraries 2013 


            Yorke Peninsula
           & Southern Flinders
         Saturday November 2nd

                   (5 days)  


            definite departure           

Ardrossan, Port Julia, Port Vincent, Edithburgh, and Wool Bay. Scenic drive to Troubridge Point and Marion Bay. Innes National Park includes Cable Bay, Cape Spencer and Pondalowie Bay. Corny Point, Warooka and Yorketown.

Moonta and Wallaroo.  Banking museum Kadina.

Southern Flinders Ranges, Alligator Gorge, Melrose.

Bridle Track to Port Germein. 





          Kangaroo Island
       Thursday 31st October     
                (4 days)

     (Includes Sealink ferry)




Penneshaw, Antechamber Bay, Cape Willoughby, American River, Kingscote, Flinders Chase National Park,  Cape Borda, Admirals Arch, Cape De Coudic, Seal Bay, Emu Bay, Stokes Bay, Snelling Beach, Western River Cove.  



          The Gawler Ranges
          Sunday 13th October
          Sunday 10th November 
                  (5 days)          
            definite departures    
Port Wakefield, Port Germein, Port Augusta, Iron Knob, Corunna, Siam, Nonning, Mt Ive, Lake Gairdner, Yardea, Hiltaba, Paney Station, The Organ Pipes, Pildappa Rock, Tcharkuldu Hill, Minnipa, Wudinna, Kimba, Wilmington, Melrose, Gladstone, The Clare Valley. 



             Birdsville & Windorah  


              Saturday 10th August 
                    (9 days)
              definite departure  

Clare Valley, Leigh Creek, Marree, Mungerannie, Birdsville,
Betoota, Windorah, Quilpie, Toompine, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Bourke, Cobar, Broken Hill. 


            Flinders Ranges
      Thursday 5th September 
                    (4 days) 
Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Willow Springs Station, Skytrek, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Parachilna Gorge, Moralana Scenic Drive, Melrose, The Bridle Track. Port Germein, Laura, Orroroo, Burra, Eudunda, Kapunda. 

           Flinders R
     Saturday 14th September 
                  (5 day
definite departure                         
Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Arkaroola,  Ridgetop Tour,  Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole, Gammon Ranges, Moralana Scenic Drive.

             Flinders Ranges 
                    & Outback
                     (8 days) 




Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Arkaroola,  Ridgetop Tour,  Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole, Gammon Ranges, Moralana Scenic Drive.
Marree, The Oodnadatta Track, William Creek, Coober Pedy,
The Painted Desert, Woomera, Roxby Downs.

             Tumby Bay  
           The Eyre Peninsula
         Monday 21st October 
                    (5 days)                        


Port Germein, Arno Bay, Port Neill,Trinity Haven Scenic Drive, Poonindie, Port Lincoln, Sleaford Bay, Whaler's Way, Tod Reservoir, Cummins, Mt Hope, Point Drummond, Greenly Beach, Dutton Bay, Coffin Bay, Koppio Museum.
Enjoy a Clydesdale Horse and trolley ride!
Return is via Horrock's Pass 
to Flinders Ranges, Orroroo and Burra.

           Head of Bight  


        The Eyre Peninsula 

    Sunday 22nd September

                   (8 days)


definite departure


Port Germein, Arno Bay, Port Neill,Trinity Haven Scenic Drive, Poonindie , Port Lincoln, Sleaford Bay, Whaler's Way, Coffin Bay, Lock's Well, Elliston, Talia Caves, Venue Bay, Murphy's Haystacks, Point Labatt, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay, Ceduna,
Penong, Cactus Beach, Fowlers Bay,Nullarbor Roadhouse,
Head of Bight Whale Centre, Minnipa, Wudinna, The Gawler Ranges National Park, Kimba, Iron Knob, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Wilmington, Melrose, The Bridle Track to Port Germein, Clare Valley.       








Thanks for your continued interest in Desert Sky Tours

Howard Humby
Desert Sky Tours

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