Camping at Big Red

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 07:41
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Hi, everybody.

I'm 'new to the game' and planning to do the Birdsville Track next winter, without going into Simpson. Just wondering, if there is camping allowed/possible at the Big Red? I wouldn't have much time, but I would like to spend evening and the next morning there, to take photos.

Any suggestions much appreciated.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 10:02

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 10:02
We have never camped there ourselves but there appears to be quite a lot of available space to set up camp. Among the trees on the Eastern side of the dune seems to be popular. We have seen several campers on the eastern side each time through there.

Go to 25 52' 47" S 139 03' 14" E on Google earth and have a look. There are two crossings of the dune with the northern one bigger. The northern one is the one where people "prove" their manliness! Joking. It's the bigger challenge if that is what you need.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Laz - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 05:55

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 05:55
Thank you very much, Phil for the info and coordinates. I don't really want to drive up on the top - maybe I am a weirdo. But, to stay there overnight and take pictures - that's the plan.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 08:19

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 08:19
I forgot about Adria Downs. Give the police at Birdsville a call on (07) 4656 5677.

I have seen people camped around there but it's worth a checking.

Phil
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Reply By: Ozi M - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 14:52

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 14:52
They have camping there for special events but I am not sure you can camp there or not.

Why not make a phone call or two to Birdsville and ask, I would try the Ranger there, he is a friendly fella.
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Follow Up By: Laz - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 05:59

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 05:59
Thank you for the tip, Ozi M. I'll definitely call the Ranger, before I go there.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 18:31

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 at 18:31
Definitely no camping on Adria Downs property, something to do with their organic beef status.
The own from the road end to the QLD Nat Pk boundary, so relaly the closest you can camp to Big Red is just inside the QLD part of Simpson Desert Nat Pk ($5 something a night pp).

That said, plenty do camp quietly in there but not near Big Red I imagine, but out around Eyre Ck . . . leave no trace type of camping an absolute must, and comfort fire really small (take own wood always).

If I were you, I'd use this as part of a run out to Peoppel Corner and back (QAA Line), you don't go into SA so don't need a Desert Parks Pass, nad QAA has some of the biggest and best dunes out there, and no bad undulations like further west on French Line.
An easy run out in a day from Birdsville if you leave early, time for some play and photos along the way.
Camp at the corner, or even just up Hay River Tk a little into the NT (totally permit / cost free and legit), then return next day.
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Follow Up By: Laz - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 06:03

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 06:03
Thank you very much, Les. This is very helpful. Much appreciated.
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