Birdsville, Oonadatta & Strzelecki Tracks ....When?

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 13:54
ThreadID: 13918 Views:4165 Replies:5 FollowUps:5
This Thread has been Archived
When is the best time to do the Birdsville, Oodnadatta & Strzelecki Tracks?
We are thinking of leaving Melbourne anywhere from late July through to late August, early September for approximately 3 - 4 weeks.
Are there any drawbacks towing a camper trailer in this area? We have a Track Eagle.
We would be also be keen to hear from anyone else planning similar trip for that period who may wish to link up with us.
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 14:10

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 14:10
Anytime as long as it is not raining or soon after has been raining, no prob towing a trailer got to be in good nic though.

Strzelecki trackA

Blanche cup Oodnadatta tr

Baz.
AnswerID: 63928

Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 14:11

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 14:11
Don't forget check road conditions before you go.
0
FollowupID: 325035

Reply By: duncs - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 15:41

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 15:41
Shaker,

I have been through that area in September/October at Easter and also in December. From the dates you have mentioned I would recommend the later the better.

The camper trailer will not be a problem as long as it is well prepared.

Do your homework as there is a suprising amount to see. Some pretty campsites and some pretty awful ones too.

The Westprint maps are good. They come in the Desert Parks Pass if you are getting one or you can buy them seperately.

Once again this forum makes me wish I was somewhere else.
Yes I'm jealous
Duncs
AnswerID: 63938

Reply By: Member - Anne - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 15:58

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 15:58
Hi Shaker,

We came down the Birdsville Track during the recent rain and became stranded at Mungerannie for 4 days. We drove out when the road opened again, but it was still very slippery and boggy, but we got through with our campertrailer unscathed. We then got stranded on the Oodnadatta track! With the best will in the world we had done all our preparation and checked conditions, but still got caught. There is a very upside though, I reckon you should go in July, because after so much rain, there are going to be lots of wildflowers and fantastic colours. There were flowers starting in the Simpson when we went out to Big Red. The countryside is really lovely anyway, so that it just a huge bonus.

Have fun, and make sure you go and see Ruth in Birdsville.
Cheers
Anne
AnswerID: 63942

Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 19:02

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 19:02
Hello Anne - still can't believe I missed you and Milny. Glad you are having a good time.
0
FollowupID: 325072

Follow Up By: Member - Bob-h(QLD) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 19:28

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 19:28
Anne
Do you think that the wildflowers will last 'til mid-late August? We will be doing the Birdsville Track trip from Birdsville to Marree then the Oodnadatta Track, Dalhousie Springs, Chambers Pillar, Alice Springs starting from Brisbane 13 August.
I believe that the leg Dalhousie Springs to Chambers Pillar will be slow.
0
FollowupID: 325080

Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:38

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:38
Bob, provided the weather stays cool and the blustery winds (with sand) don't come early the flowers should be good.
0
FollowupID: 325092

Follow Up By: Member - Bob-h(QLD) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:04

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:04
Thanks Ruth
We'll look forward to meeting you on August 14- three tents x 3 nights!
Bob
0
FollowupID: 325095

Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 19:05

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 19:05
Suggest July is the best time - Anne is right because the flowers are starting to pop out. Always best in the winter. Not sure where you are coming from but sometimes in September can be bit hot - certainly can be very windy and dusty (says she today when cold westerly blowing 46 kmph - just for a change from divinely sunny and clear). Check on this Forum about trip planning etc and thoroughly enjoy yourselves. Make sure you give yourself enough time to visit each place not just pass through. Remember long distances between drinks. Have fun.
AnswerID: 63976

Reply By: Member - Vince - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:20

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:20
Hi Shaker.
I did the Oddnatatta track when Lake Ayre was full of water.Had no trouble towing a camper trailer. There is a great camp spot at Algebuckina waterhole.
Enjoy your trip.
Vince
AnswerID: 63992

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)