Road Conditions - Bourke to Louth and Wilcannia

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 20:26
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Hi everyone,

Doing a camping/fishing trip with my son in late Sept to early Oct to Lightning Ridge, then looking totravel along the road between Bourke, Louth and Wilcannia and wanting to know if anyone has travelled this road recently.

Are there places to bush camp along the way?

We have a Nissan Patrol Diesel towing a Pod trailer.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Grant Tas - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 22:12

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 22:12
Hi Robbs Gone Bush
We travelled the road last November.
In dry conditions you will have no problems, just take your time as some of the grates
are a bit narrow for us.
We camped at Louth ( top spot ) on the river just over the bridge opposite Shindys Inn, check out Marys cross in the cemetry.
Also camped at Tilpa Dam which is about 4 kms on the right before you get to Tilpa from Louth. Plenty of flies in Tilpa but have a great pub.
We have a Landcruiser 100 series TD towing a Royal Flair 22' off road.
We had a great time through the area.
Cheers
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 07:51

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 07:51
The roads were graded about 4 weeks ago, ready for the Louth Races.

The National Gathering is at Trilby Station about that time so there will be quite a few members out that way as well.


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Reply By: ROBBS GONE BUSH - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 13:37

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 13:37
Thankyou everyone for your information, my son and I look forward to just getting out there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 13:54

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 13:54
Rob, just be aware that both Shires involved (Bourke and Central Bourke) will, with a blink of an eye, close those roads if there has been any rain over a few mms. I understand the fines for traveling on closed roads is significant ($2000 per tyre including spares) and understandably the locals also take a dim view of such behaviour.
Chatting with the publican at Hungerford the other day, he made the comment that he refused to serve some idiot who was boasting in the bar about how he had managed to get through even though the roads were closed. Told him he took a exception to his actions, particularly as he had to drive on them afterwards doing the mail run.
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Reply By: ROBBS GONE BUSH - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 20:37

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 20:37
Hi Andrew and Jen,

Thanks for the heads up, my son and i are travelling alone and would not attempt anywhere that we are not supposed to. I guess the idea is always ask the locals before you set off for any new road restrictions.

Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 21:31

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 21:31
Hullo Rob
Both shires have websites with updated road conditions and closures.
At Wilcannia last weekend (15/16th), there was a notice on the front door of the shire office stating which roads were closed (nearly all of the unsealed ones) but I doubt if many tourists passing through knew where to look, nor the need to find out, even though there had been 30+mm of steady rain!
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Follow Up By: ROBBS GONE BUSH - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 22:04

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 22:04
Hi Andrew,

Thanks so much this really valuable information for outback travellers, heading to the websites now to check out,

Regards Rob
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 17:47

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 17:47
You could also call Liz at Trilby Station to check as well.

Cheers Kev

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 18:50

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 18:50
Hi Rob

You can also camp at Tilpa Weir, have a beer at the pub, and check out the Roll of Honour across from the pub.

Apparently it is the only one in Australia that mentions Harry (Breaker) Morant...

And if you get a chance take a look at the trip notes for the Darling River run, if you haven't already. It might help your planning...

Darling River Run

Enjoy...

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: ROBBS GONE BUSH - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 21:42

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 21:42
Hi Kev and Baz,

Thanks for the information, i will take a look at Trilby Station, Tilpa Weir, the pub and Darling River Run, i want to stay out of caravan parks and bush camp if possible.

Only 5 1/2 weeks to go yeah !!!

Thanks guys.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 22:52

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 22:52
And I must say I'm a big fan of Trilby Station, Liz is a wonderful host!

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 22:36

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 22:36
Keep an eye on the Live Traffic NSW web site for traffic conditions out there. The Darling river run has been closed frequently this year due to floods.
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