Birdsville to Uluru

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 20:09
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I know Birdsville to mount dare is about 4 days. But I would like to then go to Uluru via fink and Kulgera along the mulga park road any advice on distance and mainly time frame would be very appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - nick b boab - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 20:30

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 20:30
Darryl : birdsville to Mt dare 4 days comfortable driving time in suitable vehicle , add 1 one more day to Uluru ~ Ayers rock ~ KataTjuta .
what sort of vehicle are you traveling in & whats your route ?
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Follow Up By: dazza141 - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:08

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:08
I’ve got a hilux going mount Dare fink/Aptula township. Fink road Bloodwood bore Kulgera roadhouse then Mulga park road to Uluru
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 20:32

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 20:32
Check out Thread 136448 Simpson loop. Some flooding heading that way....W
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Follow Up By: dazza141 - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:03

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:03
Having trouble finding it were do I go
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:20

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:20
https://www.exploroz.com/forum/136448/simpson-loop

You could drive to Uluru in a day, but do take time to detour to Lamberts Centre for a look.
It could be a long day if road conditions required a slower pace, there can be a lot of bulldust holes, washouts, corros etc that can make the drive interesting.

Along Mulga Pk Rd we found a simple dry creek campsite one long day and it was quite comfy for a good size tent and four blokes.

The drive from Mt Dare to Yulara (campground) is about 500km, only 115km or so is bitumen.
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Follow Up By: dazza141 - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:28

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 21:28
Thanks I’ll look into those stops
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Follow Up By: Deejay - Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 19:48

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 19:48
It's a one day drive.
The road is shocking in most places - worst I've been on.
Lambert Centre is not worth the long rough drive.
Close your eyes when you drive past Finke.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b boab - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 07:17

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 07:17
Deejay : not sure what you meant when you said close your eyes when you go past Finke ?
Is there a naked people ?? Lol
I didn't find these roads too bad in the past much like any Outback roads.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 07:52

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 07:52
The road from Mt. Dare up to Finke is a pretty good road. Not near as bad as further south of Mt. Dare, or that "short cut" from there to Dalhousie.

Finke is par for the course for outback communities. Fuel available, but only during very short trading hours.

The road from Finke to Kulgera is an absolute cracker of a smooth, red dirt road. A VERY easy drive.

The short drive in to Lambert's Centre is slow, because it's narrow. But a very simple drive & well worth the look. Probably harder with a wider vehicle like a 200 or late model Patrol though.

All comments pertain to a dry road. If it's wet, all dirt roads can be a nightmare lol.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 11:24

Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 11:24
I towed my tvan into Lamberts behind a 200.. It's a bit slow due to the ruts but no problems with width. It's just a matter of picking the best line and track when the track.spilts into 2 .. or 3 ways.

Mulga Park rd and the fink road from the hwy are fine.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 09:17

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 09:17
You can do Yulara - Dalhousie via finke/Mt Dare in a pretty long day. Since you are doing it backwards I'd suggest getting up very early because the danger part is the sealed road between Erldunda and Yulara. High speed limit and unfenced roads. The dead pigs you see through there are the size of small cows. I would stop at dusk or at least not try to finish the run quickly if I ran out of light.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 20:38

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 20:38
When did the dead pigs suddenly start to appear on that road GBC?
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Friday, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:11

Friday, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:11
My apologies. I wasn’t sure if they were some of the biggest dead pigs we had ever seen coming out of Henbury Station, or unicorns. Not to mention the written off troopy that hit one of them. I must have dreamed it.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Friday, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:34

Friday, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:34
It must be a new thing?

I've been traveling that road regularly since 1978. I've never seen one wild pig along it. Live, or dead.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 at 13:12

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 at 13:12
Guys, the OP doesn't want to go to Erldunda, he wants to use the Mulga Park Rd. through to Curtin Springs.

I have to agree with KevinE, never seen any pigs on this road, and I have travelled it often in the last 10 years, including three times on a Motorcycle.

Where is Henbury Station on the Lasserter Highway?

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 21:36

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 21:36
Hi Macca, Henbury station is way off the route that the OP asked about. It is even further up the Stuart, north east of the Ernest Giles Rd intersection, on the way to Stuart's Well.




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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 21:55

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 21:55
KevinE, Gbc mentioned Henbury Station, I asked where it was, because it is not on the Lasserter Highway, or the Mulga Park Rd,

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Friday, Mar 30, 2018 at 13:15

Friday, Mar 30, 2018 at 13:15
Yeah, I got that Macca ;)
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 14:15

Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 14:15
Its just below Finke gorge NP and coming out south into the Lasseter highway intersection is where the accident was. Yes it was pigs, yes they shoot them on the station and in the gorge. RonN’s map in the next post shows the place pretty much exactly. Yes I missed the Mulga Park bit so away from his route.
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 13:38

Saturday, Mar 31, 2018 at 13:38
I don't know what gbc saw on the Lasseter Hwy, but it was extremely unlikely to be dead pigs - or even one dead pig.
I know I've never seen a live or dead pig on the road, or by the roadside in Central Australia - and I've been through the area a reasonable number of times.

Feral Pigs do get around, for sure - but they prefer mud, water, long grass, and plenty of pig food - which is largely roots and tubers, green shoots, succulent grasses, and small animals when they can catch them - and carrion.

Of all those, only carrion is in abundance in the Red Centre. Overall, the dry inland areas are normally too dry for feral pigs.
They need water on a very regular basis - and they need it exactly the same as we do, and as often - to drink, and to keep cool.
The Outback is a most uninviting place if you're a feral pig - there are a lot better places to live, breed and hide, when you're a feral pig - such as the wetter regions with thick vegetation.

The Federal Govt has extensive records of feral pig infestations, complete with charts - and the Red Centre doesn't feature very highly as a feral pig habitat.
In fact, I dare say you'd spend a long time looking, to actually find a feral pig - live or dead - in the Red Centre.

The DoEE feral pig distribution map, does list a small area around the Finke Gorge NP as an area where feral pigs are LIKELY to occur.
This does not mean there are actually feral pigs there - it only means the area is favourable for supporting feral pigs, if they do manage to move in.

Feral pig distribution map - DoEE

Any feral pigs found in out-of-the-way places are usually escapees from pig farming ventures.
I've actually seen a few of these in the W.A. wheatbelt, but they are very, very rare.

Feral pigs in Australia - Dept of the Environment and Energy

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