This track is a designated Public Access Route. It offers an alternative route for driving between Birdsville
through the flood plain country of the nothern overlow of the Cooper Creek
before rising onto the Sturt Stony Desert on the Birdsville Track
. Unmaintained and often impassable due to rain or floods this track is strictly dry weather only. It takes around 6 hours in good conditions. The track also passes through private property and SANTOS gas and oil field operations. Please follow the markers carefully to avoid becoming lost in the maze
of tracks. It is definately 4WD only and travel in the company of a convoy or with a digital navigational mapping system guiding the way is recommended.
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Things to See & Do
All travellers are recommend to read the 4WDriving Topic
for related articles and checklists for preparing your vehicle and ensuring you are aware of the necessary driving skills to tackle a trip of this nature.
All travellers should understand that mobile phones are not a reliable form of communication when driving in this region. We advise that you refer to the Communications Topic
for related articles to help you decide what communications devices suit your budget and purpose.
NOTE: The Diamantina Shire (comprising the towns of Birdsville
and Bedourie) request that UHF Ch 8 and 38 are NOT to be used unless in an emergency - these channels are monitored by the Clinics, Police and station operators and must remain clear.
Fuel Supplies & Usage
||Diesel||4cyl 51 litres
||ULP||4cyl 59 litres
||LPG||4cyl 73 litres|
|6cyl 56 litres||6cyl 66 litres||6cyl 64 litres|
|8cyl 56 litres||8cyl 60 litres|
Services & Supplies
The following locations have various services and supplies: Birdsville
Camp Sites & Accommodation
Camping is available in Innamincka
Regional Reserve, or along Christmas Creek. Do not camp in other sections of this track - this is part of the agreement of the PAR.
Use wood for cooking sparingly in these places
and take out all rubbish.
Walkers Crossing is a an actual point along this route that is signed with PAR markers (WKX 126.4) The crossing is named for Syd Walker who worked in SANTOS Field Services
Division at Moomba
. He was responsible for the rebuilding of this crossing of the Cooper Creek
which suffered regular flood damage. Soon after the project was completed Syd had a massive heart attack and in his honour, the men of Field Services
decided to name the crossing after him and built a memorial at the crossing. Later an attempt was made to steal the plaque
so Field Services
removed it to Moomba
for safe keeping.
|Birdsville to Birdsville Tk & Birdsville Dev Rd
|Birdsville Tk & Birdsville Dev Rd to Birdsville Tk, SA-QLD Border
|Birdsville Tk, SA-QLD Border to Birdsville Tk & Pandie Pandie Access
|Birdsville Tk & Pandie Pandie Access to Wiripirie Bore
|Wiripirie Bore to Page Family Grave Site Turn Off
|Page Family Grave Site Turn Off to Page Family Grave
|Page Family Grave to Page Family Grave Site Turn Off
|Page Family Grave Site Turn Off to Blue Ute Bore 1
|Blue Ute Bore 1 to Birdsville Tk & Walkers Crossing Tk
|Birdsville Tk & Walkers Crossing Tk to Christmas Creek
||1 hr 42 min
|Christmas Creek to Kilanjennie Waterhole
|Kilanjennie Waterhole to Walker's Crossing
|Walker's Crossing to Gidgealpa Waterhole
|Gidgealpa Waterhole to Wadrawadrinna Waterhole
|Wadrawadrinna Waterhole to Fifteen Mile Tk & Wills Grave Access
|Fifteen Mile Tk & Wills Grave Access to Fifteen Mile Tk & Kings Marker Access
|Fifteen Mile Tk & Kings Marker Access to Strzelecki Tk & Fifteen Mile Tk
|Strzelecki Tk & Fifteen Mile Tk to Fifteen Mile Tk & Queerbidie Waterhole Access
|Fifteen Mile Tk & Queerbidie Waterhole Access to Innamincka
|Birdsville to Innamincka
||6 hr 21 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.