Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 08:12
I'll be following with interest.
I set off from Murphy's Creek on the 28th June for a similar trip except for Kings Canyon and Uluru. I've already been there so I will be spending more time in the West Macdonnel Ranges and intend to visit the Lambert centre enroute to Mt Dare.. I'll be travelling to Boulia via Quilpie, Windorah and Bedourie though as I've done the normal route to Winton several times before and haven't been this way.
I'm looking forward to the updates and fingers crossed it stays dry.
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Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:32
Ago & Tania commented:
Instead of the highway from Alice to Oodnadatta why not take the Old Ghan Railway route via Chambers Pillar (camp here for the night), Finke, Dalhousie and then Oodnadatta. Alternatively, the Old Andado is also an interesting route but more remote with not quite the same historical significance as the Old Ghan route.
You will have a ball on this trip.
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Submitted:Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:39
Member - David T5 replied:
Thanks for the advice, we are first timers at this outback/long distance touring, and our vehicle is not realy set up for the real rough stuff (not much ground clearance, and not much recovery gear) so I am a little nervouse about going too far off road. The route you mention sound great, but how rough is it.
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Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 15:25
Sue & Shaun commented:
Hi David and Family,
We completely understand the excitement you must be feeling with the anticipation and lead up with preparation for the big trip but to actually be on the count down with only 3 weeks to go makes us feel very envious as we still have to wait for another 12 months before we are about to embark on our big trip around Oz.
We look forward to reading your blogs and are interested in what you have to say about the free camping locations and some of the dos and don'ts of travelling.Have a great trip. Best wishes and Happy travelling.
Sue and Shaun
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Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 15:59
Ago & Tania commented:
Hi Dave, The Old Ghan Railway route is fairly popular so expect to see a few cars and the National Parks campground at Chambers Pillars gets quite crowded so if you go there plan to get there around 2ish. The road is generally good but can be quite corrugated (something you get used to out there). Read a little of the history before you go and you will find the Old Ghan route well worth the effort.
If you don't go to Dalhousie (or even if you do) camping at Eringa waterhole (no facilities) is quite special and when we were there in July 2010 there were only a few other people camped in what is a fairly large area.
If you take it easy then you should have little trouble on the roads unless it rains and then all the dirt roads are closed. Provided you lower your tyre pressures accordingly (and you should have lowered them for the corrugations anyway including the trailer) a little rain will be OK but a lot of rain will generally make the roads impassable and you might have to camp a couple of days until the road dries up a bit. You can't predict the weather that well but don't let it deter you.
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Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 16:13
The Bunyip commented:
Am looking forward to your upcoming Blogs. Particularly the stretch from Innamincka to St.George through Thargomindah. We'll be travelling up that way October this year after heading north from Victoria.
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Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 20:47
Michael Bl commented:
Have fun We are Block blog - left Melbourne Adelaide up Stuart hwy - so much history -across overlander - to Normanby Savannah way to cairns and now left whit sundays - have fun hope you have as much fun as our 10 and 11.5 year old had going up the middle- Please be careful at Kings canyon as Dingoes took our friends pillows out of their un zipped tent and mauled them -also their shoes out of the caravan... I wondered why there were gates on the toilets inthe outback- I got a good understanding of the Azaria case too after the dingoes frequented us.. There has been many roads closed if you are 4 x wheel drivers as the rain has also flooded some creeks rivers - Im sure you will get updated yourself but dont always rely on people telling you ..... Have a fab trip ......
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