Should we take our canoe to Birdsville

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 20:56
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We are heading to diamantina NP via Charleville, Windorah, birdsville from Brisbane. We leave in 5 weeks. We would like to take our canoe with us but are unsure if there will be any water in the creeks for us to put it in. Has anyone travelled this way lately. Are there any good spots to put a canoe in.
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Reply By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 22:20

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 22:20
Hi Jomi, plenty of places to put your canoe in. Cooper Ck to the east of Windorah has a huge waterhole on the Cooper Ck upstream from the bridge. Diamantina has quite a few waterholes (some could be getting low with a lot of mud along the shores).Lake Constance and other smaller holes on the Warracoota Circuit and Hunters Gorge are worth it. Birdsville has the lagoon next to the town kept full by the town bore.
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Follow Up By: Jomi - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 22:39

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 22:39
Thanks for that info, wasn't sure if these creeks held much water or any when it is so dry.
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Reply By: The Landy - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 07:01

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 07:01
For sure!

The Diamantina at Birdsville is a great place to canoe...

Enjoy!
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 08:50

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 08:50
I don't know which way you are getting to Birdsville but there was a good spot at the "Dig Tree" near Innamincka.

Hopefully others who have been there recently will let us know if it is still navigable.

Phil
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 17:42

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 17:42
there was water in the creek at The Dig Tree 5 weeks back, but not as much as i saw at Birdsville and Windorah. still enough to go for a paddle on back then though.

Camped at The Dig Tree 5 weeks ago

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 18:12

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 18:12
Just up stream on the Cooper from the Dig Tree where the road bridge crosses the Cooper in Sep 2011.

And you never know if there is deep enough water on the eastern side of Big Red. Of course it could be a very boggy walk getting to anything deep enough to float in. That would be a story to tell. The day I went for a paddle at Big Red".

Phil

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 18:36

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 18:36
there's still water on the Eastern side of Big Red at the moment, but nothing like what was there in the past few years

View from above looking East over Big Red



the above pic can be deceptive though, that pic above makes it look smaller then it actually is in size, though not sure how deep it is. you drive straight out to Little Red now though, no big detours around the water like there was in 2010.
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Reply By: yorkie2 - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 11:16

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 11:16
watch out for the croc at birdsville in the diamantina!.
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Follow Up By: Jomi - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 20:00

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 20:00
Only supposed to be a freshie?
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Reply By: Member - Mark C (QLD) - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 12:02

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 12:02
We just returned from Diamantina lakes and coopers Creek and used our canoe every other day. We successfully canoed the Coopers, Diamantina, Thomson, Barcoo (huge river with people sailing also) and the Bulloo. Sixteen day trip from toowoomba to windorah and diamantina lakes to boulia, winton and longreach then down to Lockern NP thern WelfordNP and finally Idalia NP. The canoe was alot of fun to see birds and animals most don't get to see.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 19:31

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 19:31
Sounds like a great trip Mark!
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Follow Up By: Jomi - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 19:58

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 19:58
Thanks Mark, we are doing the exact same trip, which way did you go into the Diamantina NP, did you turn off at bedourie, betoota, or boulia. We r heading to winton for festival.
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Reply By: rumpig - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 17:37

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 17:37
Cooper Creek Windorah 4 weeks ago



Diamantina River at back at Birdsville Caravan Park 4 weeks ago

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