Thargomindah to Innaminka

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 11:28
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Will be travelling on 3rd July heading to Big Red Bash at Birdsville and would appreciate any feedback on road conditions and travelling time please between Thargomindah and Innaminka. Not towing, driving 200 Series Landcruiser.
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Reply By: rumpig - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 11:42

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 11:42
The road is pretty much all bitumin, except for where you cross the border into SA just outside of Innamincka. Last time I was there a few years back, that dirt road section was atrocious, rocks the size of your fist littered the road, could be anything now though. We just deflated our tyres for the dirt section and it was much better. We did a quick run for spare parts back to Thargomindah from Innamincka in 3.5hrs (yes we were sitting above the speed limit to do it in that time) , but it's an easy drive so call it 4.5hrs at a reasonable pace, 5hrs if you drive like Miss Daisy.
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Reply By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:18

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:18
Thanks very much rumpig
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Reply By: old mate - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:48

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:48
Be aware of oilfield traffic and there is a lot of tourist traffic at the moment. And please, when on the single lane sections of bitumen and someone pulls right off the road they are letting you have the bitumen. Don't half pull off at 100 km'hr and shower them/us with stones and rocks. (yes happens all the time). Keep an eye on the forecast, rain predicted in the next day or 2.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:38

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:38
Thanks oldmate.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 at 06:59

Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 at 06:59
Well said. I drive on these outback roads all the time and can't believe the selfishness and stupidity of some of the travelers out here. If a person slows down and pulls right off the road for another vehicle then bl**dy well stay on the bitumen. Another gripe is those cowboys driving straight down the middle of the dirt roads usually towing something who stay right there doing 90 or 100 ks. This forces the other driver right off the road to avoid the rocks and stones being thrown up by the aforementioned goose.. Cheers Toni
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 14:47

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 14:47
Hi Steve

Seeing that you are going to be coming in on the Adventure Way, make sure that you do not miss the Dig Tree.

If you are not looking for the turn off, you will miss it quite easy if the sign has been removed.

You will come to a junction, the the main bitumen road heading off to your left and signposted to Innamincka. Go straight ahead and then you veer to your left on the dirt road and it will take you to the site.

Good camping at the site for only $11, regardless how many nights you stay there.


Have a great trip.



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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:40

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:40
Thanks Stephen. We've been to the Dig Tree before so will pass this time.
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Reply By: Member - Stevo_62 - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 14:51

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 14:51
Was there 2 days ago , as previously stated bitumen all the way from Thargo to SA border. 40km from border to Innamincka was in reasonable condition. Arabury Rd up to Haddon Corner was ok as well. But conditions might change in next few days if weather forecast is correct
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:43

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:43
Thanks Stevo. Yes will need to keep an eye on the weather.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 15:14

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 15:14
Just a Sunday drive. But don't forget that you will have to adjust your tyre pressures to get over "little red" to the venue.

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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:45

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:45
Thanks Phil. Yes I will need to be vigilant with my tyre pressures on the different surfaces.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 15:21

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 15:21
There is a gap of about 15k in the bitumen to SA border. It is reasonable close to dig tree turnoff. A couple of weeks ago it was in good condition. It has rained since then. When we were at Innamincka the Burke and Wills sites had flooded roads but the Dig Tree was open. The road to Birdsville was closed then.

You need to check the roads before you go or you will get to Innaminka and not be able to travel north

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 18:26

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 18:26
I would have thought that 15klm stretch would be sealed by now (sort of forgot about that little section), funny how that last little bit hasn't been done isn't it, we stopped and deflated our three there thinking it was dirt the rest of the way to the Dig Tree. Didn't bother pumping them up when we rehit the bitumin again, just took it easy until the dirt started back up.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:48

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 19:48
Thanks Alan. Yes I'll need to watch the weather and not get stranded before at least reaching Birdsville. Wouldn't want to miss the event.
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