Tharomindah to the Dig Tree

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 09:26
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I'm planning on going there in October. I need some advice on what the road is normally like and would it be safe to leave my van at Noccundra pub for a night. I have a BT50 4x4 and also how much time to travel from Noccundra to dig tree if the road is reasonable. Thanks for any advise.regards Brad
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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 09:49

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 09:49
The road from Thargomindah/Noccundra to the Dig Tree turn off is sealed all the way, from the turn off to the DT is approx 14ks and not sealed.
There is good camping on the River Bank in front of the Hotel, your van would be safe there.
You should be able to do a return trip in a day easy.
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Follow Up By: bradjenny54 - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 09:52

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 09:52
Thank you very much for the info Baz
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Reply By: The Landy - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 10:33

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 10:33
Take the van and spend a day or two at the Dig Tree area (if you can), the road is very good!

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Follow Up By: bradjenny54 - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:03

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:03
I would like to the van all the way but it is not off-road,it is an old 20 foot Chesney but has been raised a little and has all new suspension and mechanically sound, what would say to that
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 16:48

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 16:48
There is only approx 14ks of unsealed gravel road, take the van and drive to the conditions.
If the road is corrugated, drop tyre pressure to around 28psi and you shouldn't have a problem at all.
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Follow Up By: bradjenny54 - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 16:54

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 16:54
Thanks Baz you're a great bloke. It's people like you that make travelling easy.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 22:09

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 22:09
And I'm with Baz, the other good looking one! You'll have no problems!

Mind you, nothing wrong with spending a few days by the wart hole at Noccundra!

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 22:10

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 22:10
Um, that would be the water hole, not wart hole!
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Follow Up By: Member - BRAD n JENNY - Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 05:54

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 05:54
Once again thanks,as I said to Baz you people make travelling easy. PS typo,s happen when we get bit older and the keyboard keys gets a bit smaller
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 09:37

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 09:37
Aarr, see you have joined the foal, and become a member, welcome aboard, we, and others will now be able to get some feed back from you.
Cheers.
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Reply By: old mate - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 14:37

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 14:37
Watch out for oill and gas industry traffic. Road trains etc. Most company 4x4's now drive with headlights on all the time.

Single lane road, pull off the road and stop and let whatever is coming the other way pass. Or if someone pulls off the road for you, then stay on the bitumen.

We get so many people who drop 2 wheels off the side of the road, especially not slowing down and throw rocks all over the place, damaging windscreens and worse.
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Follow Up By: bradjenny54 - Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 14:40

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 14:40
Thank you very much for the advice. Cheers Brad
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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 09:26

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 09:26
Hi Brad,

If you do decide to leave your van at Noccundra, you can leave it at the Wilson River free camp, or if you are a bit worried about security, the pub has a small van park at the rear which should be secure.
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Follow Up By: Member - BRAD n JENNY - Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 09:43

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 09:43
Thanks Rob,you people are great I only hope I can return the favour sometime
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Reply By: craigandej - Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 19:38

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 19:38
Gday

We travelled home that way a few weeks ago. After 7 weeks away we punched home from Innamincka to Ballina NSW with an overnight stop at Cunnamulla.

As others have said its virtually all sealed now, with very little traffic. My only advice is to watch out for emus around Thargomindah especially. The amount of road kills was incredible.

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Follow Up By: Member - BRAD n JENNY - Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 19:43

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 19:43
Thanks for that Craig n EJ we've just decided to go onto Innamincka as well and see the memorial for Burke & Wills and spend a night at the Innamincka pub
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Reply By: The Greta Bunyip - Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:56

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:56
Hi Brad & Jenny,

I can only re-iterate what others have already said.

We did this trip October 2012, left Thargo 9am or thereabouts towing our 4WD camper trailer & got to Innamincka around 2pm sitting on around 90kms per hour. We stopped 2-3 to stretch our legs & let the kids run around a little. Didn't stop at Noccundra, we did that on the way back. I saw one previous reply that mentioned large trucks, our experience was we saw only 2 or 3 in total. We just closed down & moved out of their way. You can see the road either way for miles & miles so it's not as if they sneek up on you!

Not sure if it's changed but back then there was 22kms of unsealed road which ended 20 or so kms from the Dig Tree turn off. It's probably no coincidence that the dirt stretch was beyond the furtherest oil well.

The 13kms from the SA Border to Innamincka is corrugated but take your time & visit Innamicka if you can.
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Follow Up By: Member - BRAD n JENNY - Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 13:03

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 13:03
Hi there The Greta Bunyip
Thanks for the info and once again you've all been fantastic
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Reply By: friar - Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 13:37

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 13:37
Just letting people know that on the 1st Setember there will be about 350 motorbikes camped at the Noccundra Pub the starting point for the annual Poker Run charity ride to raise money for Spinabita , keep an eye out for us John
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