also changed ny route choice after about 100 metres - rather than the road, which was not a viable option in our case, I decided to go to a creek bend then follow a bearing to control 1. But saw so many rocks going there I was unsure where I was and wrongly decided to just head east and hope I found the control on the green coloured ridge. Mistook a rock cluster to the north with the one I should've been near on the south - result lost 5 minutes which did not help went trying to make up time going to 3 which I really stuffed up and decide to throw in the towel. Keeping to a plan is the lesson.
Yes, or "Play safe early". By only 1km into the course I'd already lost 5 minutes in mistakes and made the wrong call on the long leg, losing another 5 minutes.
Well I support the go straight option - it gave us the chance to get into the map and mapping in a relatively safe area!
At Kangaroo Crossing, rocky areas are usually pretty well defined, and staying out of them for as long as you can is normally a good strategy. Going below the escarpment on longer legs often works pretty well - it's usually pretty good running (even the light green is not too bad if it isn't steep and doesn't have rock in the middle of it).