Best Times to Tackle Birdsville/Strezlecki Tracks

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What is generally regarded as the best time of the year to travel the Birdsville and Strezlecki tracks?
Also - are there plenty of places to free-camp?

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Reply By: baznpud - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 16:48

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 16:48
April/May to Sept/Oct best time to travel the tracks, April and Oct could be a bit warm though.
Plenty of places to camp.
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 19:49

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 19:49
Anytime they are both very well made, very easy roads. Just watch for rain as they will be closed instantly and possible for days. As for free camps. Basically anywhere you can park off the road. A lot of road work sites and such. Dont be a dick like some people and camp in the ruins and abandoned buildings as other people who come along want to see them as well.
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Follow Up By: Member - garytee - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 19:54

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 19:54
When is rain 'most' likely?
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:34

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:34
Whenever I'm out there...LOL. Last year it was around the October long weekend. There was a drought everywhere except where I was driving. The Oodnadatta, Strez and Birdsville were all closed for a few days.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:41

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:41
Just make allowances for it an keep an eye on the weather
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 22:05

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 22:05
I've always found north of the northern Flinders / Gammon Ranges region to be driest in June / July, which is great to avoid heat and flies too !!
They get the summer rain up there, which is not 100% guaranteed, but like the deserts, June July is a great time to avoid the bulk of annual rainfall.

Do a Google search on rainfall history, pick a town, usually a BOM link will come up.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 20:53

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 20:53
Check out ExplorOz Treks SA for the answers to all your questions.

BTW it is the Strzelecki Track. Makes it easier to search with correct spelling.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:21

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:21
In Nov. '15, after travelling down the Oodnadatta Track, I went up the Strzelecki Track, to Innamincka, then across the Cooper and north past Arrabury.

There was a bit of roadworks at the time, and not a lot of traffic, so was an easy drive. However, it was hot and wouldn't recommend travel at that time.

Probably May - September, with June/July being the best months..........and the coldest! August is usually the driest month of the year in that country, so would be okay, though it's often very windy.

I camped about 5-10kms east of Moomba, about 200M off the road. Could hear an engine running in the distance, maybe one of the gas wells? Plenty of other places to camp, some better than others. At Innamincka, you can camp down on the Cooper. Watch out for Marthaguy/Bogan Flea on the ground. It can stuff up things like towels, socks, or almost any clothing, or soft, fleecy items. Think you could camp up on the Cooper, near the bridge, or head down towards the Dig Tree.

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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:44

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 21:44
Innamincka is a park and you will need a Desert Park pass to camp in it
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 22:00

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 22:00
Sorry Ivan

But you are wrong....

As Bob has said, you can camp right on the Cooper at Innamincka without a Desert Parks Pass.

The Innamincka Progress Association have control of a few kilometres of River front land, which is known as "The Common" and it will only cost you $5 per night, payable at the Trading Post or the Honesty Box.


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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 22:10

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 22:10
Or nip up a bit further along Adventure way (~ 3km from the turn off) to take the track into Callamurra Waterhole, beaut spot on the Cooper.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 22:51

Monday, Jan 29, 2018 at 22:51
Hi Gary

As others have said above with one very big exception.....if it is wet.

Rain can fall any time of the year out there and there have been many times in May,June, July and August over years the when we have had either just perfect road conditions, very wet and muddy road conditions and even worse, been caught out and had to wait 3 days at Mungeranie.

June and July will be the cooler days and quite cold nights and by August things are warming up. In a good year, August can be good for wildflowers along the track.

The Birdsville Track is always great and if you stop and poke around and have a look at all to see along the way, 3 days will be dead easy, and if you have to be on the move, we have also driven Marree to Birdsville in 1 day, just depends on what you want to see. As for free camp, there are a few along the Birdsville Track, but as you pass through one station boundary to the next, they quite often will hav the "No Camping" sign along the way.

Clayton Bore is a great little spot and $10 night. Mungeranie is great as well, there is the free camp on the Cooper Crossing, just north of Etadunna Station as well as where the Inside Track starts.


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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Friday, Feb 09, 2018 at 02:03

Friday, Feb 09, 2018 at 02:03
Stephen,

Your first pic (road closure sign) reminds me of my brief attempt to drive the Strzelecki track in 2008. :)

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