Birdsville/Strzelecki track loop

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We are looking at doing the Strzelecki Track and Birdsville Track loop in June ,what are the general thoughts is it ok to tow a camper trailer or not ?
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 07:36

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 07:36
If the camper is in goood order and suitable for rough gravel roads then no issues at all.

Just do with trailer tyres what you do with vehicle tyres.
Let them down a bit the help ease the rough ride from corros and stones.

The Strz Tk can be slow and lots of bulldust if busy with mine traffic coming up it with supplies.
It is the worst of the two tracks for sharp stones and pot holes from my experience.
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Reply By: qldcamper - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 08:09

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 08:09
Pay attention to the exposed wiring under the trailer, anything exposed to the front will be shreaded by stones. Also smashed rear windows on wagons are very common from rocks bouncing off the front of trailers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 09:36

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 09:36
If your camper trailer has a stone guard the rocks being thrown won't be an issue. For extra protection you can attach some foam from Clark Rubber to your rear window with Velcro, others use corflute
Otherwise no problems assuming your camper trailer is sound, you need to drive a bit slower that's all
Don't do it unless your camper trailer has a stone guard
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 08:26

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 08:26
They are high speed tracks so as the above post mentioned, pay extra attention to protecting windows. I lost a rear window towing down the strez.
Lower pressures lower speed on the slower sections. No issue at all for an off-road trailer on those tracks.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 09:46

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 09:46
Hi Jennifer

As per the replies above, lower your Tyre pressures and enjoy the drive.

Both tracks are classic tracks to drive.........but if they are wet.........keep well clear of them.

We have travelled both tracks many times and our Ultimate camper took it in its stride. I can thoroughly recommend a Stone Stomper to protect both your camper and tow vehicle from the stones, they are made right here in South Australia and hand made to suite both tow vehicle and trailer/caravan combo.

Also do not rush the drive, as there such a lot to see and do along the way...far more than most people think. Also one place that I recommend as a priority “MUST” see and visit while going past is Farina, with the added bonus of the underground bakery will be operating then as well.

All the best, it is great country and you will have a great time.


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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 13:15

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 13:15
I endorse the Farina comment.....the bakery is fantastic, and the camping area is well worth an overnight stop.
We have done both tracks with a trailer in tow, and no problems on either (apart from one abandoned attempt on the Birdsville when it was flooded).
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Follow Up By: Jennifer L2 - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 16:14

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 16:14
Do you know if the bakery in Farina is open daily or just certain days?
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 16:33

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 16:33
There is a limited season of operation of a couple of months annually - this year 25th May to 21st July according to Mr Google.
During that period it is open every day, and should not be missed IMHO.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 17:22

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 17:22
Hi Jennifer

When the Farina Restoration Group are in action every year, it is open every day, but be warmed, you need to get in early and be prepared to put on a couple of extra kilos.......there stuff is the best by a country mile.

Farina is a great stay and if you have not stayed there before, book in for a couple of nights.

When ever we are going past, we alwayes stay there.

I will now go to my computer and dig up a few images of the camping area.


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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 17:37

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 17:37
I can also endorse the quality of the products from Farina Bakery!

In early Nov, 2015, I called in there to sample their wares, to find the place deserted. I was mortified, after crossing the Simpson and heading for homeward journey up the Strzelecki, and dreaming of pies, cream buns & fresh bread all the way from Oodnadatta.

Late May, 2018, I had a win, and they were open. Cream buns, herb bread, sliced multigrain & a good long black, and I was happy. Think the herb bread lasted until we got to Esperance, as I wouldn’t share.

As others have said it’s well worth the stop, and the new amenities at the campsite make it much more comfortable. If you’re a tradie, you might even get a job with the restoration team.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 18:52

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 18:52
Back Again Jennifer

Also some other tips for your drive....

If you are Diesel, top up at the Lyndhurst Hotel, as fuel is usually 30 cents a litre cheaper there than Marree.

If you stay at Mungeranie, walk over the small sand dune at the campground and check out the old graves - well worth the look.

Stop to smell the roses as much as you can, and you will be rewarded.

Now for the images to get you a better idea what you are in for........

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Follow Up By: qldcamper - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 at 07:41

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 at 07:41
Something we found suprising was the flushing toilets and running water at the cooper creek camp on the birdsville track, seems like its in the middle of nowhere and expected the usual hold your breath experience.
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:05

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:05
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Hi Jennifer,

Both of those tracks will give the suspension a work out. Be sure that the camper running gear is up to it.
I took the photos below on the Birdsville track last year.

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Reply By: Keith B2 - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 12:04

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 12:04
I had a stone guard on my last camper and still managed to lose the rear window between Birdsville and Big Red. Next time I'll go for a stone stomper.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 14:28

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 14:28
Keep the speed down, keep the tyre pressures down and have an effective stone guard system.
Be aware that the stone that gets your back window may have been thrown by a vehicle passing in either direction, (the faster they are going the worse it is) so the comments regarding a cover on the back window are worth taking note of.

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Follow Up By: mike39 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 at 20:35

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 at 20:35
We do a lot of outback travel and I have a very strict ritual.

A cloud of dust coming toward us is a vehicle approaching (duh!) and the bigger the cloud of dust, the faster it is going. (and most of them are)
Nearly all the busted windscreens happen from rocks chucked up by passing vehicles, not over taking ones.

So my simple but very strict ritual is, pull up, turn the engine off (why does it need to ingest more dust than necessary) and wait until the passing vehicle and its dust have cleared.

Slow traveller, yeah, but the location is still going to be there.....tomorrow is just an extended today.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 at 21:23

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 at 21:23
Plenty of windows get smashed by drivers own vehicles, especially rear windows...surprisingly we lost a rear passenger door quarter glass on our last trip, no other vehicles around other then our own for the rock to come from.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 14:34

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 14:34
Still trying to figure out how we threw a rock off our own vehicle that cracked the windscreen. Again no other vehicle around at that time.

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 16:19

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 16:19
Yes Andrew, we've had a rock land on the windscreen while we were the only car on the road too. My best "guess" is that it came back over the roof of the car after bouncing off our camper trailer. We were lucky, it didn't do any real damage.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 15:33

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 15:33
The Cordillo Downs Road wold be the stoniest section. Better to go via Beetoota (and the pub is open again too, I think?)
The rest is only a problem for those who travel too fast..
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 12:47

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 12:47
When we were at Betoota last October the pub still didn't have a licence. Maybe they have now?

They were selling tours of the pub for $5, and you got the drink of your choice free with the tour lol. We camped across the road from the pub.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 19:08

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 19:08
Be aware that both tracks can be a nightmare if it rains. The mud is very special and oozes up from Hades. :-)
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