The notable feature of today is probably the flat tyre we had to deal with. We parked at the campground where the track crosses Cooper Creek and noticed the tyre was going down so was able to change it without driving on the flat tyre; fortunate as that saved us from destroying the tyre.

The Cooper Creek crossing is also an interesting spot in its own right. In the photos (number 6) you will see an old small barge that in the mid part of the 20th century was used to ferry people and cargo across the Cooper River when it was in flood. These days there is a vehicular ferry just to give access across the creek when in flood. From what I can gather in flood the Cooper is over 1km wide at this point. As another point of interest while parked in the Cooper campground we noticed our GPS was indicating an altitude of 2 meters above sea level.

The track was a little better today, still with regular spots of water damage and still with a lot of water beside the road and in the creeks, but between the damage the road surface was a little better.

We stopped at Marree to get the tyre fixed, have a look around and get fuel. Diesel was $2.90 per liter.

In earlier times Marree was the rail head for the cattle industry in NE South Australia and SW Queensland and the Birdsville Track started life as a stock route for bringing the cattle to the rail head for transport to markets in Adelaide.

We spent the night in Lyndhurst which is the southern end of the Strzelecki Track which we will start tomorrow.