23-Sep-2006 -- My wife Sandy and I had camped at the 80 Mile Beach Caravan Park, and made a reasonable early start for the 40km trek out the Kidson Track to a point about 6 km from the confluence. The Kidson track was surprisingly good, a little corrugated in places, but generally good enough for 70kph travel.
We had studied the Google Earth satellite imagery and thought there was a good chance of driving across country to the point. The country was relatively easy going, but very slow due to clumping of the grass in the soft sand. The 6km took about 45 mins, a round trip of about an hour and a half - but it was easier than walking, and decidely cooler!
On the way in we noticed the remains of a burnt tree surrounded by a small patch of blackened grass, but no evidence of fire anywhere in the surrounding area. We surmised this was the result of a lightning strike on a completely calm day.
We completed the visit uneventfully, took the usual photos and returned to the highway to head north to attempt 19°S 122°E on Nita Downs station.