How hard is the track birdsville-boulia-cloncurry-karumba

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Im thinking about doing this trip in a 4x4 motor home in September.From there i will work my way up to the tip.My motor home is a rodeo with a large fibre glass back on the rear.The suspension has been improve and raised 2 inches.I carry spares and tools and have done a fair bit of 4x4 driving in standard vehicles but not something of this weight or length.So until i take it of road im not sure of its limitations.I will try and do some trips before then to get the feel of it.Deep creek crossings or wash outs would be out of its limits.Any advise would be great.Thanks Stuart and Gunny.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 09:11

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 09:11
Hi Stuart and Gunny,

You should not have any difficulty. Big sections of the road from Birdsville to Mt Isa are sealed, and the gravel is well maintained. Though all that could change if it rains. From Cloncurry north the road is sealed. Its a wonderful trip - we did much of that run in 2011 and our blogs starting from Birdsville are here and might give you a bit of an idea about the country and the roads.

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Val
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 21:17

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 21:17
Thanks John and Val for your advise.The thing im still not sure about is from Mount Isa to Karumba.I was thinking about going from Karumba to New Dixie and then Coen but after reading the time it takes means my van is not suitable.Thanks for your help and i will read your blog.Bye Stuart and Gunny
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Reply By: Willykj - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 15:01

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 15:01
Agree with Val - unless bad weather no problem at all. If you don't want to go to Mt Isa the road from Dajarra to Cloncurry via Duchess is OK. Came from Normanton to Birdsville (& then down the Track to Flinders) with a standard caravan a few months ago with no problems. Willy
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 21:28

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 21:28
Hi Willykj Thanks for your input.I think at this stage i will go this track and see how i find it.I know my unit has limitations and will drive it to its ability.Thanks for your help.Do you know about Mount Isa to Karumba?Bye Stuart and Gunny
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Follow Up By: Willykj - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 22:31

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 22:31
Mount Isa to Karumba is all bitumen...
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Follow Up By: Ross G4 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:08

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:08
Stuart and Gunny, We did that trip in reverse last year toeing a van.We went from Karumba, Normanton. Gregory Downs, Lawn Hill. Riversleigh, Mt Isa, Djarra,and Birdsville. Wonderful trip. Take your time and enjoy it and you should'nt have any worries, just fun.
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:35

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 20:35
Wow, that's a fantastic effort to back a caravan for that distance!


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