Outback Travelling Times Advice

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 18:04
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Hi All,

In the planning stage of a trip in July for the Strezlecki, Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks and with my current itinerary there are a couple of days that I am not sure is they are too ambitious or not so am after any info/advice that anyone has.

First day I'm thinking of is from Montecollina Bore out to The Corner Store and then onto Innamincka and camp at The Dig Tree. This is 496kms all up to The Dig Tree.

The second day I'm not sure about is going from Coongie Lakes into Innamincka and then onto Birdsville via Walkers Crossing - 515kms in total.

Assuming road conditions are OK are these two drives achievable in a day or not?

If not I think my only options are to spend a night at The Corner Store, which as far as I can tell there isn't anything else to see other than the state borders, and also to spend another night in Innamincka after we've already seen everything there before we head up to Coongie Lakes.

Thanks in advance, Lloyd

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Reply By: cookie1 - Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 18:38

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 18:38
Both are do-able depending on the current road conditions, although I think the Coongie to Birdsville via Walkers Crossing in a day will be a long one

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Reply By: mikehzz - Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 19:05

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 19:05
I've driven Camerons Corner, Innamincka via Merty Merty, Birdsville via Walkers Crossing in a day if that helps. There isn't really any time to see much or smell any flowers though.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 07:43

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 07:43
Day two is not doable in my opinion.
You need a full day to get from Innamincka to Birdsville, without the time required to visit Coongie Lakes.
Coongie Lakes is a half day trip in itself and after traveling there via the often corregated track, you need time to soak up the atmosphere.
If going via Cordillo, you would be better off camping overnight along the route, especially if kiddies are involved.
If going via Walkers Crossing, it's achievable in a day, but as Mike stated, there would be no time to dilly dally along the route.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 20:46

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 20:46
On our first trip out that way a Tib local gave us some good advice: you can get anywhere in this country as long as you're prepared to stop.


There's plenty to see and nice spots to camp up and down the Cooper near Innamincka. And you'd be mad to crack Coongie Lakes and not stay a few days. I know guys who've missed out several times cos of rain.
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