Birdsville track

Hi all we are black nomads with grey tinges, i.e still working, have a plan to travel from Tassie in July to Birdsville. Haven't formulated an itinerary yet just wondering on things not to miss. We have a 100 series Cruiser with a roof camper and a few outback trips under our belt so not newbies. We were thinking of seeing Longreach as well what can you suggest? And we are not talking months, have to get back to work... In 2014 we did the Savannah Way Katherine to Cooktown 12000ks in three and a half weeks. Every grey nomad we talk to says do it while you can, so we are.
David and Michele
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 22:15

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 22:15
Are you going to the Big Red Bash out of Birdsville in early July? We are travelling from Tas to attend that, going via western NSW and SW Qld.
However if you haven't done it before, I'd recommend going to the Flinders and Gammon ranges on your way then either to Maree, and up the Birdsville track, or up the Strzelecki track to Innamincka and then via Cordillo Downs or Haddon Corner to Birdsville.
Alternatively, travel via Broken Hill, Packsaddle and Tibooburra to Cameron Corner and on to Innaminka and then Birdsville that way.
Whichever you choose, it's great desert country out there, and nothing particularly difficult in the road conditions if you drive sensibly. Enjoy !!
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Follow Up By: Kanga1 - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 at 08:55

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 at 08:55
Cya at the BRB Wildmax, Mrs Kanga and I are volunteering for the Bash, also heading up from Tas via Birdsville track. Cheers, Kanga.
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Reply By: exmouth1 - Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 23:16

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 at 23:16
G, day mac3 if going to longreach plenty to see in the surrounding area. Good camping on the Barcoo river at isisford, very cheap, hot showers and water available.good fishing and big yabbies..Barcaldine is also interesting with a great caravan park. Good luck with your travels.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 02:37

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 at 02:37
Longreach is an AWFULLY long way from the more direct routes you will take from Tassie to Birdsville, certainly if you're on a schedule it will cost you a good 4 or 5 days more taking it fairly easy.
I would skip it this trip, and do another time.

Tassie to Birdsville and back.
I would do a big loop, maybe up through central / NW NSW through to Cameron Corner, up to Innaminka, maybe a B&W Dig Tree visit, Planet Arabury tk, visit Haddon Cnr, then BV Dev Rd to BV.
You have to see Big Red at least, maybe even a foray to Poeppel Cnr and bag 3 corners on the trip :)
You don't need an SA Desert Parks Pass to visit Poeppel, but do if going further into SA or a crossing.

If you wanted to do a Simpson crossing, perfect opportunity, and come down the Ood Tk.
** You didn't mention time of year you are going, or exactly how long you had available !! **

Anyway, if no desert crossing, then down BV Tk to Marree, then I would really suggest travelling up Oodnadatta Tk a few days, so much to see (another threads worth), either out through Painted Desert, or continue up visit Dalhousie, Mt Dare, out to Stuart Hwy (you'd be in the NT this high up).
Then down Stuart Hwy, and possibly a quick Flinders Ranges visit, return via SA country / Adelaide, maybe the Limestone Coast, again time is unknown.

Big your, enjoy.
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Reply By: mac3 - Sunday, Mar 06, 2016 at 09:31

Sunday, Mar 06, 2016 at 09:31
Thanks everyone. We planned our Gulf trip based on this forum so thanks again for your input. We have been to Cameron Corner, love to go back again but let's see what else is about. We are going to miss the concert by around a week.
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