Driving from Cairns down the Centre to Adelaide and back

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We are planning a road trip - Cairns to Mt Isa - Birdsville Track and back home. Has anyone had any experience on this great piece of Australia?
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 23:14

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 23:14
DC &

Unless you are flying then it certainly be a road trip.
There are many things to see and experience with regard to the natural landscape.
The Birdsville trk is not sealed but most of the previous is.
If near Normanton and down to Cloncurry and The Isa, make sure you have the utmost respect for roadtrains if you haven't had previous experience with them.
Despite being very aware of them we were nearly killed by one at the causeway crossing of the Flinders River where oncoming visibility is limited when travelling south.

By being aware you get to continue your sightseeing journey.

PS Are you towing or not. Perhaps type of vehicle and fuel type will also help others with their info in replies.

All the best in your travels.

Ross M
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:35

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:35
Hi DC,
Not sure what you want to know. Many people on this site will have done that trip in one way or another. Any well prepared vehicle will be fine, its great country with heaps to see. Apart from the Mt Isa to Cairns leg (which would all be sealed anyway) we did it in 2011 and wrote some blogs about it - click on the Blogs tag beside our signature. If you put Birdsville Track into the search facility at the top RH corner of the page you will also get access to lots of info.


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