Burke and wills driving maps

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My husband and I are heading to the Gulf from Melbourne in June and would like to go via the Burke and Wills route. We are having trouble finding maps/info on the route to take. Can anyone give me any info on where I might be able to find anything out. We will be travelling alone in 4WD and a off road camper trailer.
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Reply By: baz&pud (tassie) - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 12:51

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 12:51
Google Burke & Wills and a map of their route will come up.
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Follow Up By: 2+dog - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 12:53

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 12:53
I have done this but it is not detailed enough.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:05

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:05
A good place to start may be here.

Bear in mind that Burke & Wills were not travelling on roads (LOL) so you will not find road maps of their journey. Additionally, their route is not precisely defined so it will be a matter of looking at the route as in the link above then obtaining road maps that cover that area and selecting your route to suit.

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:25

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:25
Some Westprint maps have a broad outline of the Burke and Wills route overlayed on their maps. Get in thouch with them and they may have more details of suitable maps.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 15:17

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 15:17
As Rod says, Westprint is a good lead. I note that they offer a downloadable digital Burke and Wills map - click the "maps" link on the page Rod suggests.

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Reply By: Member - Chargergirl76 - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:31

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:31
We did this trip about 2-3 years ago so i will try to dig out some information for you. You can't follow exact routes as some go through private properties etc now, but you can get pretty close and see all the main points of interest along the way. Excellent trip and if you read up on all the history beforehand, you'll love it!
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Follow Up By: 2+dog - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:34

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 13:34
That would be excellent thanks. I'd appreciate it.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 14:54

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 14:54
Just endorsing that prior reading factor raised by CG76 - we haven't followed the B&W route as such but have been to several of their camps including the Dig Tree and the last camp near Normanton (119). Web pages here and there abound with detail but decent books on that saga include this one .
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Follow Up By: Member - The old fellow - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 21:44

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 21:44
Talk to Hema they have the B&W route shown. It is on the Great Desert Tracks set. Definitely on the SE and NE maps. Light yellow line. Look at the legend under explorer routes.
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Follow Up By: 2+dog - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 08:17

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 08:17
We have all of the Hema maps on DVD. I'll inspect them closer.
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Reply By: Member - Stickz - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 21:56

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 21:56
Hi, try looking up lifestylevideoproduction.com.au. They have a DVD on a trip called "On the track of Burke & Wills". As others have said, it is not possible to follow their exact tracks, but this DVD does cover many of their staging points along the way. If nothing else, its good viewing and should give you some broad information to major points of interest.

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Follow Up By: 2+dog - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 08:16

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 08:16
Thanks. We have just purchased and finished watching this video. It was very good.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stickz - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 09:15

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 09:15
Hi, Glad you enjoyed the DVD & found it useful. I came across the DVD in our local library & have viewed several of their other productions. Some of their productions are a little dated now, but still good viewing to see the lie of the land so to speak of the areas travelled.
Enjoy your journey and safe travels.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chargergirl76 - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 10:25

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 10:25
This was the actual trip we did, we feature in that video! Will definately gather some info for you when i get a chance.
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Reply By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 23:30

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 23:30
'The Dig Tree' by Sarah Murgatroyd (?) is available in audio book form, if you want to listen to it on your way. I would thoroughly recommend either reading the book or listening to the audio book. It is a fascinating story that will add much to your adventure.
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Reply By: Pushy - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 09:21

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 09:21
Agree with Rob D the Sarah Murgatroyd book is excellent.

Did some research a few years back when I was going to be near Birdsville on the 150th anniversary of the expedition passing through there. Unfortunately the weather put a stop to that.

Even though there have been maps produced with the path marked, generally these are best estimates of the route they followed. Certain parts of the trip can be accurately followed even though they may pass through private property and are not near any formed tracks.

Other parts of the trip especially north of Birdsville are very vague and it is generally accepted that Wills' equipment was damaged for the trip north from here and back to the dig tree. (even though he found his way back to the exact spot from which they left) Some campsites have been identified but liitle else.

Burke kept few notes and Wills who was a surveyor had to do all his records and navigation at bight after a full days treking.
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Reply By: rescue134 - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 13:53

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 13:53
have a look at this websitehttp://www.burkeandwills.net.au/index.php
I think you should find what you are after.
Kevin
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Reply By: Member - Chargergirl76 - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 14:10

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 14:10
2+dog - if you want to message me your email address i can forward some information to you
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Reply By: Hermoine - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 04:20

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 04:20
You can buy "Following Burke and Wills Across Victoria" from Dave Phoenix's website (www.burkeandwills.net.au/touring-guide) which will take you from Melbourne to Swan Hill with details of all the places to visit. The followup volume which takes you all the way to the Gulf is in preparation but unfortunately won't be published in time form your trip in June.
Have fun!
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