BIRDSVILLE RACES

Submitted: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 04:08
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during the races where can you leagaly camp can you camp any where eg the creek , as at a guess the caravan park would be full.
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Reply By: Member - ramp - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 05:11

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 05:11
hi rex,caravan park is first in best dressed and down by the creek is the same, if you had a favourite spot by the river my guess would be to arrive on the wednsday. i arrived thursday evening last year and the park was 60%, come friday and the other 40% arrived, but really as showers and facilities go it wasn`t to bad if you picked your time,and it is all for a good cause (flying doctors) and a good time. cheers rob
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:38

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:38
So........Who is going?????

I've organised my leave (4 wks) so I can take 4-5 days to get there from Melbourne via Adelaide, Marree and the track. Arrive Wednesday, stay 'till the Monday/Tuesday.

After the races I was thinking of Innaminka then head for Brisbane LCMP (total driving ~ 4 days to get there + 1 Day in Innaminka). 3-4 days in LCMP.

Then, time/energy/money permitting Fraser Is. for a week or so, then home to Melbourne via Newell (driving 2 days).

Total 11 days driving, 17 days R&R.

Does this sound like a reasonable itinerary, or should I drop either Fraser Is. or LCMP?

Any comments from more seasoned travellers greatly appreciated.

Anyone wishing to tag along/convoy up there from Melbourne or any intermediate point also more than welcome.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 11:07

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 11:07
Gary, you are welcome to drop in for a cuppa on your way from Adelaide to Marree. We should be home but contact me closer to the time through my website.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 12:15

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 12:15
Been plannin to go for yrs.. would love to go this yr, see what happens.. Depends on wife and the baby at the time, and if I can con someone to go co-pilot (1/2 in fuel ;P )

Gee Gaz, will the Kia stay in 1 piece that long? and ya wouldnt run the pedes would ya!! :-)~
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:46

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:46
Truckster,

That would make for a change.......me leading the trip LOL. Would be good to have you along if you can make it.

The issue with the MT Centipedes is something I would like to find out. I know they are not that good for sand, but how much of an issue would it really be?? Would a set of Secondair beadlocks help by allowing a more appropriate tyre pressure? I guess the real question is how much of a difference does tyre tread pattern really make if you can sucessfully run pressureds in the mid teens? (for the info of others, they have a tread pattern similar to Wrangler MTR's)

Willem,

I would love a cuppa, a chat, and a bit of local info.

Re my original question, does my itinerary seem too rushed?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:27

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:27
Gary,

Just go with some AT's. second handers would do. or your HT stockies. You would screw the pedes to start with.

You would ruin your Cents with that many road klms to start with, the best part of any tire is when new, specifically with MT's and higher..
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:40

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:40
I'm trying to organise it. Your itinery sounds great to me & hopefully I or we will see you at the races.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 11:36

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 11:36
Check out the Birdsville Races website. Michelle and I created it for the race club - www.birdsvilleraces.com.
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:55

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:55
Nice little site david

I looked at the offers on this topic as in shared travel as my mate can not go at this time of year, But I cant see a simple way of seeing where the lads are till they say, am I missing some thing or could you suggest an easy way of working out there general location say state an general area, I am picking it up a bit from coservasions (got you spotted willem)

Thanks Frank
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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 13:11

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 13:11
check this thread as I have posted a link to my trip report from a recent trip up the track. my site also has pix from innamincka and fraser island.

http://www.exploroz.com.au/Forum/View.asp?ForumQID=12710
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 16:01

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 16:01
Hello Rex, you can legally camp anywhere other than inside the town boundary - that means from the grid on the eastern side of the town - along the common towards the Diamantina River (please note it's not a creek although you could be referring to the Billabong). No, the Caravan Park is not necessarily full.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:38

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:38
I now know who to look for when I eventually get back to Birdsville thanks to David & Michelle. seeing as how my travel plans were ruined by the Patrol blowing up I might see if I can get up for the races.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 16:20

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 16:20
Hi Ruth, good to see you back. Hope you are feeling better.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 17:58

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 17:58
Hey Bob & Lex - just caught up about the blow-up - what a shame (and sooo expensive also).
Hi Glenn - thanks for the wishes, yep feeling better each day. See you soon.
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Reply By: brian - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:07

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:07
camped near common in 2000 worst site ever due to millions of burrs in tent clothes bedding etc had to throw out some clothes,probably better if i had used large ground sheet.Tents in park were touching each other no privacy at all when i was there.
Had a great time,great museum dont miss it,also t shirts,hats etc were half price on last day.
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Reply By: robb - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:42

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 17:42
Hey Rex, I was there in 2001, had a fantastic time. Birdsville Pub rocks, great time every night. I camped in the C'Van Park, wasnt too cramped and met some extremely nice people. The facility's are worth it at the CVan Park, just get in early. The races were fun but I think Brophy's boxing tent was a highlight. Have fun!!!
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