Quickest Way: Melbourne to Birdsville with 4WD

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 18:59
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Hi
Heading to Birdsville Races in a few weeks and just wondering what the quickest way is with a 4WD.

Melb - Mildura - Broken Hill - Tibooburra - Innaminka - Birdsville or
Melb - Mildura -Peterborough - Leigh Creek - Maree - Birdsville Track - Birdsville

or any other routes

any thoughts appreciated .

Also I understand we can camp for free at Birdsville and don't need to book ahead

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 19:36

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 19:36
We do this a bit

That question always brings up some different view points though.

The quickest way though is straight through Adelaide (suburbs), its not the shortest though.

Its approx 1920km this way.

It can be done in under 25 hrs legally and gives you the best mix of good roads.

It helps to plan your time though , leaving melbourne at 4am puts you thru Adelaide around lunch time and thru turn off just before Pt Aug at around 4pm.

The other advantage of this way is that fuel is cheapset.

You need some range though as fuel out of hours is harder beyond PT-Aug.

We usually have a big stop at PT-Aug and this is the only fuel stop we need.
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Reply By: Member - outbackjack 1 - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 21:54

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 21:54
Hi JFRCN
Your second option is better, Melb, Mildura, Renmark, Burra, Hawker etc. Going to Adelaide is far to long, and out of your way. Straight up. Yes free camping is available on the out skirts of town, between the race track and the town. Make sure you have your own fire wood, some toilets are available, but no showers, unless you drive into town to the caravan park. If you get there early, you might be able to get into the caravan park, never had a problem getting in without a booking. Free camping is great, but is out of town and away from the action in town, try to camp close so you can walk into town, first in best dressed. Might see you there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 07:10

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 07:10
Showers at the c/van park are $5.

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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 14:06

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 14:06
I'd skip Mildura by turning off at Wycheproof, Patchewollock, Pinnaroo, Loxton, Waikerie, Morgan, Burra etc

Its 1886 (Google Maps) that way and you avoid Mildura Renmark etc

The roads are excellent, and I've found you can ease along at comfortable cruising speeds with impunity.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 16:43

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 16:43
Bob , have you tried the alternative google maps suggests.

Its down south via Murray bridge, Gawler and Clare , its 45km shorter but 20 mins longer depending on speed.

Stephen L has advocated that , but I have never driven the Gawler Clare path ?
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 15:54

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 15:54
Robin
Because we like staying in Burra we tend to head there first, but we have driven over to Clare to "stock up", and then headed north from there. I love the Clare region. Have stayed at Mintaro twice, attended the opening of the O'Leary Walker winery about ten years ago, and a friend owns the Schobers vineyard. Will check the alternative route next time. Thanks

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Reply By: cookie1 - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 17:15

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 17:15
Wherever you camp just make sure you do not drink & drive or, no offence, if you are that way do not take any drugs, they will test you several times and they will come down hard on you - they flew a judge in from Mt Isa last time I was there - no I wasn't a defendant.

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Reply By: Rohan C - Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 23:07

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 23:07
Go via the Simpson desert if you have time ? Love it !!
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Follow Up By: JFRCN - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:31

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:31
well done great advice !
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Reply By: Dough Boy - Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 21:48

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 21:48
Gday
We have just returned from Birdsville & went both of the ways you have listed.
Getting there the fastest would be via Renmark, Peterborough etc primarily because this way there is far more blacktop.
You could do it easily and be in Birdsville on day 3 .
On our trip we did melb to Morgan day 1, Morgan to Clayton day 2 & rolled into BVille after lunch day 3
Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: JFRCN - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:34

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:34
Thanks All

I gather you can do Marree - Birdsville easily or comfortably within a day?

Is there much at Mungerannie Hotel for camping and things to do (about half way between the two) if we wanted to stay over a night

Thanks for advice
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