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Alive in the Dead Heart
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Desert Water Sports
Fishing on Eight Mile Creek, Hamilton Station
A stick of geophex with detonator attached and thrust into the water was a definite aid to productivity when fishing in the days when there were no rules. The only saving grace was that the damage caused to the environment was being inflicted by so few people, just by the penitent CGG oil explorers, for such a short time and so long ago as to have been almost completely forgotten, if not forgiven, by the public conscience.
Collecting a Meal From the Creek
Some species adapted to the higher temperatures up to 46°C (115°F), while other fish were suited to the 30°C (86°F) zones found in cooler parts. And it proved to be so, that never the twain should meet. They didn't cross lines into the other's camps but stuck strictly to their own temperature band.
Waterskiing at Dalhousie
It is a sensitive spot, now monitored closely to protect the natural surroundings. As an example of the sensitivity, no detergents or soaps are allowed in the fragile springs and although the waters are suitable for swimming, active pursuits like waterskiing is frowned upon. The CGG juggie Stan Russell is seen in the photograph under tow from a LandRover speeding along the bank, a positive No-No in today's scheme of things.
Among the Bullrushes at Dalhousie Springs
John Lewis took up the run on Dalhousie originally and it was first recorded under the ownership of F. and R. Sandford in 1885. South Australian Lands Department records show the Sandfords still in occupation in 1906 and what the Sandfords didn't hold thereabouts, Kidman did.
Skinny-dippers Plunging in at Kaliduwarry
The CGG oil-searchers found time to plunder Kaliduwarry of its mussels: juicy, succulent bivalves if prepared properly for the table. Instead, the hasty cooks from the Cafe de Blitz botched the job by bringing the mussels to the boil in a 44-gal drum for much too long. The remains of old ash heaps from camp fires on the west bank indicate it was a great meeting place for aborigines. One end of Kaliduwarry is salt, the other is fresh water, which makes for an agreeable choice when contemplating a skinny-dip.
Cooling Off in the Tank at Annandale
"The rush of escaping water can suck a swimmer down, dragging him into the jagged rusty metal around the hole", Jack claims. "People have been terribly lacerated when this has happened. If the break isn't big enough for the victim to go through he could easily get wedged in the hole and drown or bleed to death."His message was too late for the CGG innocents who swam daily in the tanks all through the Channel Country in warm weather. There is no doubt about it. The CGG workers were just lucky. Many of the tanks we swam in were untended and on abandoned stations far from anywhere like Dubbo Downs, Kamaran Downs or Annandale and therefore were a potential danger to us then but would be more so now for those travellers who risk ignoring Jack Absalom's warning. Proprietors of the major working properties remaining in the Channel Country such as Adria Downs and Glengyle haven't been offering unrestricted access to their "back blocks" for some years now and this may have indirectly helped avoid some of the nasty incidents feared by Jack.
Safely Splashing About In An Empty Tank
Joe, who long ago left the desert and Australia and returned to his homeland Belgium, couldn't resist a spell in the tank. And who could, when it is 50°C on the drill rig? Anyone visiting the Simpson Desert who is accustomed to wearing nothing but a smile, will be well advised to respect the Australian sun. A floppy hat giving shade all round with plenty of sunscreen on the exposed bits will afford the best protection. It is sensible to avoid the red lobster look by sunbaking in the hours outside the heat of the day, which in the Simpson summer is broadly 10am to 6pm. Travellers commonly fail to appreciate the dangers of UV ray exposure so easily suffered anywhere in this vast continent.
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