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Santa Teresa to Old Andado Track
« on: March 07, 2019, 05:19:09 PM »
We're heading off for a trip in the middle of the year that will partly include the area SE of Alice Springs: Old Andado, Finke (Apatula), Chambers Pillar, Santa Teresa neck of the  ... desert.

As part of this section we'd like to travel the Old Andado Track from Santa Teresa to Old Andado then on to Finke before heading across to Uluru via the Old Gunbarrel Track.

Most of this looks pretty straight forward - weather permitting - however I'm not sure about how we'll go towing our Topaz down the Old Andado Track, i.e. Santa Teresa to Old Andado.

Have any of you done this track towing a Topaz and if so would you recommend it? Any suggestions or opinions are also welcome.. :-)

Our tow vehicle is a 200 LC and we will most likely be travelling on our own and won't be in a hurry.

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Jeff
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Re: Santa Teresa to Old Andado Track
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 03:34:33 PM »
Hi Jeff, completed this track last year after the BRB. Your 200 will easily tow the Topaz without any issues. It's more a dirt road, as you indicated nice and slow is the go. Their are plenty of places to pull off to the side and camp the night if you choose.


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Re: Santa Teresa to Old Andado Track
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 05:25:04 PM »
Jeff & Trish,

Excellent. Thanks heaps.

We have now added the track to our itinerary. Trick will be to loop around all the places we'd intend to visit without too much repetition. We're not too worried about that though as we have plenty of time.

Thanks heaps again,
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Re: Santa Teresa to Old Andado Track
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019, 09:25:05 PM »
Hi Jeff & Trish.......Did you go thru to mt dare ?  What are the sandhills like from santa Teresa to old andado and then to mt dare?  Will also be towing a topaz.
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Santa Teresa to Old Andado Track
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 06:28:54 AM »
Hi Neil, the dunes where pretty much non existent mate, the track basically travels in the same direction as the dunes, thus heading North and not East to West like the Simpson Desert crossing is. It's more of a dirt road with some interesting bull dust the closer you get to Mt Dare. Yes we traveled from Mt Dare the full length to Alice. It's the green track on the right of the below picture.



We did drop in and see the Mac Clark conservation reserve on the way through.
Mac Clark (Acacia peuce) Conservation Reserve
Acacia peuce or waddywood is one of the rarest and most striking trees that grows in the Australian arid zone.

Found in only three locations worldwide, it survives at Mac Clark on a stony wind-swept plain where the average rainfall is 150mm.

The only other places it is found are Boulia and Birdsville in Queensland.

About 1,000 mature trees are protected here and some are fenced to protect them from cattle.






Camping spot on the track and a pic of the view from the ridge, this is just south of Santa Teresa.



Below pick looking across our camp site



The below pic looking down the track to the south



Some pics of Old Andado, we also camped here the night, lots of really interesting things to look at and read. Molly, was truely a Aussie treasure - leaving her entire property for tourists like us to walk into and see was just amazing. We spent the whole day just checking stuff out. Loved the old car wrecks out the back. I believe the old care taker ( you will see his camp in one of the pics) has been moved on now.










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Re: Santa Teresa to Old Andado Track
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019, 10:12:13 PM »
Dust is an issue and the road is as bad as the Gibb in some places, at least it was 2 days ago