Arkaroola to Tibooburra in a day?

Submitted: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 14:07
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Hi. I will be driving a 200 series diesel Landcruiser and am seeking comments on whether it is practical to drive from Arkaroola to Cameron's Corner and then on to Tibooburra in a day ? Any idea what what the drive time is? I am an experienced outback driver so will not be looking to travel quickly - just at the speed the conditions dictate. It looks to be circa 542kms and I am thinking about 8 to 9 hrs drive. Is this too ambitious?
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Reply By: Seapest - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:21

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:21
Hi Steve
We are undertaking the same trip in July only in reverse. Yesterday I was only thinking the same thing. How long will it take. The only info I could find was about 12 hours. I will also be towing a small off-road caravan. I am sure someone can set us straight.
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Follow Up By: Jon W (Toow - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:52

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:52
Jim,
Whilst at Arkaroola in July of 2010, we were talking to a family in a Pajero towing a camper trailer who had come down from Innamincka in about 10 hours. The worst section was after turning off the Strez Track due to corrugations. Two of their roofrack mounts broke as a result.
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Follow Up By: Seapest - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 18:27

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 18:27
Thank you Jon W
We are currently planning on camping at Cameron Corner or there about's and Montecollina Bore, to enable us to take in this beautiful part of country.
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Reply By: Jon W (Toow - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:44

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:44
Steve,
In July of 2010, we did Marree to Innamincka towing a trailer in a day in about 9 hrs. It is a similar distance. It was a long day however. If you are doing Cameron to Tib in fading daylight, you might have to slow down even more.
So, I would say possible but it may take somewhat more than 9 hours.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:59

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 16:59
I fail to see the logic in going into the outback and then driving all day to meet some deadline. If you do not have the time do not go at all. This journey is best taken over about three days which gives you time to enjoy the experience and our beautiful country.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 17:22

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 17:22
Thanks John W. That' s what I thought. It looks to me to be too long. Thanks for your reply.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 17:32

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 17:32
Did that run a couple of years ago but spent 3 nights on the road because we like to take our time, stop often for photos etc. If you are short of time I think you should allow for a long day or perhaps one night on the road. South from the turrnoff from the strzelecki Track at Mt Hopeless the track is slow going and fairly winding. Plenty of great scenery though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 19:52

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 19:52
Many thanks Val.
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 20:15

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 20:15
Hi, I'm probably going to be doing the same stretch later in June but am planning on spending 2 nights (plus 3rd into Tibooburra). It's such a lovely area with side trips that I think it is worth spending the time (& hoping to talk my ex MIL from US along - she will love it)
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Reply By: moamajohn - Monday, May 13, 2013 at 20:59

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 20:59
For what its worth we did Broken Hill to Tibooburra 4 days ago in the Pajero with a Supreme Classic Van non off roader.350 ks .It took 6hrs ,we got down to 35ks /hr at times and went to 25 PSI in all tyres. Bloody dust !! Cute little park run by a little old lady Sophie she has a fire every night in front of her van .
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Reply By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 13:20

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 13:20
I would suggest stopping at Fort Grey. Distance would be less of a push, but also it is a far nicer place to camp.
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