Drive Time Estimates

On a dry graded Birdsville Track can anyone advise on a rough drive time Birdsville to Mungerannie then Mungerannie to Parachilna please.

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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 22:04

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 22:04
I've comfortably and safely sat on 90-100KMH on the that trip. About 3 and a 1/2 to Mungerannie
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 22:09

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 22:09
Michael, have a look at the trek note for the Birdsville Track now linked to your post. You'll find all that information and more in there.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 23:00

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 23:00
Hi Micheal

I would work on around 4 hours from Birdsville to Mungerannie.

Them from Mungerannie to Marree between two and a half to 3 hours.

Marree to Lyndhurst around 1 hour, but will now be quicker with most of the road now fully sealed.

Then the final run from Lyndhurst to Parachilna around 90 minutes.

There are many variable that can greatly change travelling times, even on the bitumen, as one time we had to wait for 90 minutes at the Brachina overflow, south of Leigh Creek for flood waters to drop.

Make sure you drop into Farina, it is a great spot to camp.


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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 03:30

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 03:30
"Make sure you drop into Farina, it is a great spot to camp."

Or at least stop and look at the restoration work, then enjoy a delicious sweet treat from the bakery! :)
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Reply By: old mate - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 06:33

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 06:33
On a good day, it will take approximately 6, maybe 7 beers.
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 10:47

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 10:47
Allowing for a lunch stop and a look around some of the mounds and ruins we did it in a leisurely 5hrs and the track was in excellent condition. Distance wise we could have done it comfortably in 3.5hrs travelling at between 80 & 100km/hr.

Condition of the track will make a huge difference and how much of a tourist you want to be along the way. Don't waste the journey by just doing the drive - lots to see and experience.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 14:21

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 14:21
I've travelled many 10s of thousands of km on unsealed roads. In that distance I have had 2 chipped and 1 cracked windscreen, all while on the Birdsville track.

Two were near Coward Springs, the other well south of the Qld border. All were due to people travelling like bats out of hell, including overtaking, even though we had slowed down and pulled over to the left.

For too many people, courtesy is an unknown trait! ??
The worst culprits seem to be people towing CTs with MT tyres.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 20:08

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 20:08
Isn't Coward Springs on the Oodnadatta Track?
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Follow Up By: b1b - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 14:16

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 14:16
Coward Springs was on the Oodnadatta track last week when I came through but i think A & J were referring to the Birdsville track for their other crack. And as for the others that pass you at warp speed and shower you with rocks etc after you have pulled over to let them pass, incredibly arrogant, rude and selfish, didn't cop any damage luckily.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 15:35
It's usually vehicles coming towards you that break screens and as some have said they do 100kph, it’s hardly surprising.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 17:38

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 17:38
Oops ??
The one south of the border was a passing vehicle towing a CT.
I could see it coming up behind us so pulled over and was practically stopped when it went past at about 90 to 100kph
Bang went the rock and that was it for the windscreen!
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Reply By: Michael M34 - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 15:05

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 15:05
Thanks to All,

I'm not new to the Oodnadatta but coming out of the Simpson again were just looking for a first trip down the Birdsville Track for a peep.

The comments regarding Windscreen breakages was interesting. I get Tailend Charlie to watch for the crazies coming through behind us at breakneck speed. Alerted, we all pull off the road. Just like road trains coming at you.
Saved $$$

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Follow Up By: Ozi M - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 16:50

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 16:50
Unfortunately, pulling over seems to encourage them to pass as close as possible to me.

Perhaps they want to stay on the correct side of the road, after all, they can only see clear road for 3 k ahead.

No more slow down, then move to at least the centre of the road, to avoid the meteor shower on the considerate bloke who has made it easy to get past.

The other pita is when I see approaching traffic I slow and move to the left and the richard craniums then go straight down the middle at 100kph.

My answer to this is to stay away from the far left until they are about to go by and move right over left just as they arrive. This keeps a lovely space between me and them
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Follow Up By: Member - nickb "boab" - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 08:05

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 08:05
M34 like you ... when I make the decision to get out of the way of other traffic I make sure I am well WELL off the road don't want some clown running into me in the Dust...
But I think ozi m is right with his comments .
And never wave to them Twits that want to shower you with Rocks unless it's the" bird"
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 19:38

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 19:38
That's right, if I don't wave it's because I think they're nitwits too. It's too common, and like that old saying, "you don't know you're dead, but everyone else does, it's the same with stupid".
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