Menindee lakes should i go?

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Hi all
Is it a good time of the year to go to menindee lakes thinking of going within the next month,Has anyone been there lately like to now if there is any water and track conditions as i will be taking a caravan.
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Reply By: Brian - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 20:33

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 20:33
Have a mate in Broken Hill who tells me that there is water in the lakes from all the rain in Queensland. Myself and a bunch of homebrewers from Bathurst are off out there on Sept 1st (in my trusty Terracan) for a week or so. A caravan would be fine to take, just check on weather conditions as like all outback dirt roads, when it rains thats it. You stay put. It is bituman all the way from Broken Hill if you are coming that way. A great place to relax, have a cold homebrew (or any beer if you HAVE to) and maybe catch a fish for the BBQ. Enjoy your trip.
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 20:57
Just got back from the Darling River run. The river was very low, and the Menindie lakes we saw were pretty much empty. That was 2 weeks ago, so might have filled up a bit since then.

The tracks were all fine, you would have no worries with a van if you took it easy.

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Reply By: jonhol2 - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:01

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:01
Menidee Lakes are a special part of the world. The camping ground at Lake Cawndilla in Kinchega National park is an excellent place to stay. There is only a toilet there but shower facilities are available at the old Kinchega Shearing Shed for a very reasonable fee. Good facilities at Menindee. Roads are suitable for all classes of vehicles with special care, given that you are on outback dirt roads. Treat them with the respect they deserve.

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Reply By: thomo - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:36

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 21:36
Thanks for the replys.
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Reply By: duncs - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:28

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 12:28
Hi All,

I would most definately go and look at the lakes. Living in Broken Hill its is easy for me but that aside it is well worth the effort.

The Lakes are quite a large complex and at the moment only one has a significant amount of water in it. Lake Menindee itself is dry and needs no be seen to be appreciated. It is bigger than Botany Bay and right now is covered in scrub about 2m high. It doesn't get like this very often so see it while you can. Then come back in a couple of years (sooner I hope) and see it how it normally is, full of water and dotted with boats.

What has been said earlier about the roads is pretty spot on, if it ever does rain then the dirt gets sloxed pretty quickly but generally opens quickly again too.

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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 12:52

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 12:52
It's a great place to go and see, even if dry (which it is now).

Caravan? Depends on where you intend to take and what you are towing it with.

Weather? Bl00dy cold at night at the moment. Have you been watching the news?

Some piccies from our trip there in April can be found here


The Menindee area ones are covered by photos 112 to 175.
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Reply By: Bob and Lorraine - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 17:03

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 17:03

Enjoyed your pics- looks pretty dry in some areas. We are off 30 June with offroad van to do Darling River run from Bourke- Louth-Tilpa and on to Broken Hill. Will be checking weather forcast at Bourke before we move on. Did you do this trip? Any advice/comments if you did? Appreciate it
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