Tibooburra to Noccundra

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Heading up to far north queensland next year and doing our homework. Has anyone travelled the road from Tibooburra to Noccundra. We will be towing a offroad van. Heading up to Lawn Hill National Park and wondering what the best route will be for us. We will be starting from Adelaide. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Leanne
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Reply By: Jon W (Toow - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 03:20

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 03:20
Hi Leanne,
Over several trips on that road we have seen many offroad vans on the Tibooburra - Noccundra road. Unless it is after some heavy rains you should not have a problem. That road is well travelled. Just watch out for mining vehicles as they tend to drive as if they own the road. From Noccundra, I would suggest Thargo, Quilpie via Toompine, Blackall via Adavale and then northwards from there via any number of choices. The road from Gregory Hotel to Century Mine turnoff was a dream. It is not as good thereafter to LH.
Enjoy.
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Follow Up By: goldlink - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 19:35

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 19:35
Thanks Jon much appreciated, good to hear your suggestions will check them out. Trying to plan a route through and travel times, goggle maps suggest that Tiboobura to Noccundra was 245km approx 9hrs ??? Obviously this depends on the speed you travel and road conditions, but what do you think would be a fair estimate of time for this part of the journey. Have you travelled on the Cooper Development Road from Noccundra through Eromanga as that looks like a shorter route. Any info would be great !Thanks again.
Leanne
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Follow Up By: Jon W (Toow - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 02:12

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 02:12
Hi Leanne. The problem with that road is that, although bitumen, some sections are still single lane. If you meet an oncoming road train or large truck then might is right and they will not move off the bitumen. In the case of a semi or road train, you don't want them moving off that bitumen. So, they will expect you to give way and that may mean moving off the road completely and stopping. Some of the shoulders are very rough. Last time we did Noccundra to Tibooburra it was upon the road being opened after heavy rains and, from memory, it took about 3.5 hours. The main problem was the ruts left by two b-doubles which had left a station north of Tib the day before to go to Tib.
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Reply By: Tony G15 - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 15:12

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 15:12
We tried to come down in June this year, road closed due to floods. I guess a lot of work for the road crew early next year.

Good run otherwise.
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Follow Up By: goldlink - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 19:37

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 19:37
Thanks very much Tony, where did you go on your run??
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 21:18

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 at 21:18
Hi Leanne
We camped at Milparinka and had alook around there in the morning,smoko at Tibooburra, lunch on side of road and arrived at Noccundra and camped at the water hole. Driving time was only about 4.5 hrs as we were having a beer in the pub around 3.30- 4 pm. Good camping at Milparinka and the waterhole.

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Follow Up By: goldlink - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 21:25

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 21:25
Thanks Murray, much appreciated
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Reply By: Evan 1 - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 20:00

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 20:00
Hello
As an alternative go from Noccundra to Eromanga, stop to view the new dinosaur exhibit which is great. There is a nice camp on a creek about 20 north west of Eromanga. Then cut through to Yaraka which is a wonderful welcoming little town with a great pub and exceptional publicans, spend a couple days if you can it is very relaxing and the views from Mt Slocum are something special especially at sunset. From Yaraka you nip up through Isisford to Ilfracombe then Longreach and north from there. Quite a bit of dirt but good road and really stunning landscapes either side of Yaraka.

Enjoy your trip
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Follow Up By: goldlink - Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 21:27

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 21:27
Thanks Evan, checking the map at the moment. From Eromanga did you try the dirt track up through Kyabra onto Thylungra or did you travel the bitumen ???
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Follow Up By: Evan 1 - Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 at 19:01

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 at 19:01
Yes we went through kyabra, good road. That is where the free camp is.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 06:35

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 06:35
The dinosaur museum is great! Toni
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Follow Up By: goldlink - Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 10:33

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 10:33
Hi Evan, just wondering what and if you were towing anything, Thanks for all the info, hope you don't mind if we ask anymore questions of you.
Thanks
Leanne
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Follow Up By: Evan 1 - Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 14:44

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 14:44
Hi Leanne,
Not at all, happy to share anything of use!
We were towing a "dirt road" camper trailer in a reasonably standard Prado. No issues at all.
I forgot to mention also there is a crystal clear pool at the back of the Yaraka pub too.....welcoming in this warmer weather.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: goldlink - Sunday, Oct 02, 2016 at 16:55

Sunday, Oct 02, 2016 at 16:55
Thanks again, we will be towing an off road caravan 18ft, so I hope that should be OK too ! Will drive to the conditions and let our tyres accordingly, so penning down all the info you are throwing our way. Cheers Leanne
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Reply By: Member - Big A - Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016 at 18:19

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016 at 18:19
A couple of years ago, we took our 1990 Windsor Statesman van down that way and I do not think it is off road. We went from Noccundra to Packsaddle in a day, but it was dark when we pulled up. The road was s**t with corrugations at times.Had let the tires down and took it slow. Maybe the million or so flies at the time made a difference!

An offie should s**t it in, unless it rains and then all bets are off. It is a good trip, but then we like looking around the bush. Whilst I did not work in that area in my Stock Inspector days, I had heard about the properties around there and was happy to inspect them from the road. The bore runner from Naryilco, who was probably the manager, stopped to ask if we were OK, as we were having lunch on the side of the road.

There is a lot to see if you look, but ......................!

Have plan B ready, because we had to change on our first try in '10, because of rain.

Cheers,
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Reply By: McLaren3030 - Monday, Oct 31, 2016 at 19:05

Monday, Oct 31, 2016 at 19:05
Hi Goldlink, just came down from Noccundra to Tibooburra, road is not too bad, a good off road van should handle it ok. A few rough patches that you need to slow down for. We have an 18' Elite Goulburn off reader which handled to road quite well, sat between 60 to 70 kms per hour in most sections. Need to watch out for the wildlife though, plenty of emus & cattle. Macca.
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Reply By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Monday, Oct 31, 2016 at 19:44

Monday, Oct 31, 2016 at 19:44
I have found the folks at Cameron Corner are very helpful regarding the condition of this road. They travel it regularly to Thargomindah and also talk to a lot of travellers that have been on it. Google the website and drop them an email.
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