Is the "darling river run" suitable for a blacktop caravan?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 17:37
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G'day all, just thinking if the "darling river run" is suitable for a blacktop caravan - not knowing what to expect, all replies greatly appreciated, thanks, norm
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Reply By: Stone Stomper - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 18:40

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 18:40
Hi Norm,

You will be fine as long as it's dry and no rain which will stop an off road van anyway, good gravel road on the East side we haven't done the West side.

And great free camping.

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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 19:14

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 19:14
g'day again, is there a suggested start/finish for the "darling river run" or suggestions please, norm
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:12

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:12
The Darling River by name 'starts' up near Brewarrina....there are a few rivers/creeks/tributaries before that going back up into Qld that form the start of the Darling River.
The 'end' of the Darling River is Wentworth were it meets the Murray River.
The run down from Menindee is easy if you 'drive' to the conditions & could easily be done by an 'on road' van....I would suggest you only consider it in dry weather.
From Pooncarrie going south you have blacktop all the way.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:43

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:43
I have just come back from a trip from Bree, Bourke, Louth, Tilpa and Wilcannia. Well, May and part of June! I had to come home before I did the trip to Wentworth.

The roads were dry, important, and mostly smooth gravel or clay.

All the campsites were well looked after, no rubbish and access to the river was easy. Not a lot of water but sufficient for fishing.

My van is a blacktop Windsor but only 4.4m. Dust is always a problem as it depends on how well you have sealed everything. I had old beer boxes over the door vent and the bottom of the fridge vents. Didn't stop all the dust but I think it made an impact.

There were no problems getting in to all sites and the stations along the way were very welcoming. Support them and don't worry about the cost as they provide additional experiences apart from the ones you can access yourself.

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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 19:00

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 19:00
Totally agree with supporting the station people, you will get more for your dollar than staying elsewhere. Check outthe Outback beds website for some of them through out outback NSW and just into QLD. Cheers Toni
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Follow Up By: Ross G6 - Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 20:26

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 20:26
Thanks for the question and the replies. Leaving Toowoomba on July 21 to do the same trip on our way to S.A. Chippy,
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Reply By: Member - Steve & Cecily W (QLD - Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 17:30

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 17:30
We did that run in May last year heading south - north. Our van is a 17'6" Empire which at that stage had standard "black-top" suspension and tyres. The road was mostly very good. We used the western track until Tilpa (a beaut camp on other side of river) after which we used the east track up through Louth. The van has seen much worse roads than this one! I guess it all depends on how recent rain and or a grader has been through. There were a few semis using it when we were there but they hadn't chopped it up much at all.
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