Maree to Birdsville - March 2005

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 22:55
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Ok Guys, time for a newbie type question.

I am going Barra fishing in Weipa FNQ in April 2005.

To do this I need to leave Adelaide in March and would like to drive up the route with the following o/night stops:

Adelaide, Maree, Mungerannie roadhouse, Birdsvill, Birdsville, Boulia, Winton, Hughenden, Townsville, Cairns.

My question is: I am planning to leave on 14 March '05, is this too early for the Birdsville track? Will there be hassles with the roads/tracks further up in SE Qld at that time?

Obviously I will be monitoring the weather and road conditions just before leaving. I have an alternate route planned going thru Broken Hill, Bourke, Moree, Miles, Rockhampton, Mackay. Townsville, Cairns

Looking for general advice to aid trip planning. Will most likely be towing a CT.

Ruth, Can I have a booking for two nights 16-17 March 2005???????????

Thanks guys

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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 23:19

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 23:19
Hey Muddy

Sounds like you will be in for a great trip. Will be pretty warm around Birdsville at that time - going by how hot it was for us in April - high 30's or low 40's. I reckon at that time you still should be able to get a spot at Birdsville given that you have booked ahead and Ruth only has about 30 acres. Wouldn't it be great if they had a big flow down the Diamantina again....
I wanna catcha Barra too oneday!
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 23:31

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 23:31
30 acres????

Geez I hope there is more than one amenities block otherwise it will be a cut lunch trip to get to the dunny!!!

I'll think of you as I reel in a 30lb Barra!

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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 07:43

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 07:43
Are you talking about the Diamantina Barra? I just wanna catch a big barra - maybe next year in the Kimberley's
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 07:43

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 07:43
unless you are riding a mountain bike i would rethink your stop overs after marree.... they are a stones throw apart...
and the only probs you should have is closing in on weipa....
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 17:46

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 17:46
Hi Voxson,

It is a 7 week trip and I'm in no hurry. If am planning on only 3-4 hours driving most days so that there is plenty of time to see the sights along the way. Many days only have 200km or so between o/night stops.

The return trip will be west from townsville out to Tennant Creek and then down to Adelaide over 12 days. Again only 200-300 km per day with a couple of 500km days once I hit Marla.

Once I get to Cairns I will be joining up with 2 or 3 other vehicles for the trip in to Weipa including possibly a local from Weipa. I have done that road before so have an idea of what to expect there.

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Reply By: Karsten from Birdsville Studio - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 10:07

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 10:07
Muddy, March is a great time to drive up the BV Track (generally). Every year we go to WOMADelaide which is usually around the first week of March and then return to Birdsville. No traffic that time of year - it's beautiful. Keep an eye out for us - the purple landcruiser, and have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Friday, Jul 09, 2004 at 00:56

Friday, Jul 09, 2004 at 00:56
Hi Karsten, CD arrived today thank you , not long now for your newbub?
Interested in Muddies post as We will be in BV for 2days at Easter.

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Follow Up By: Karsten from Birdsville Studio - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 01:09

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 01:09
Yep, I'm waiting for the call any moment, then I'm heading straight down to Adelaide. I wonder what the record is for Birdsville-Adelaide?
As before, look out for the purple landcruiser, I won't be slowing down!
So an apology in advance for anybody that cops any flying gibbers......

When's Easter next year? If WOMAD's before Easter (which it usually is), then we'll be back. Don't forget we're always contactable in Birdsville on UHF Channel 20 (for bookings, greetings & Takeaway orders).

Look forward to catching up anyway. Cheers


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Follow Up By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 10:58

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 10:58
Hi Karsten, Easter Sunday is 27th March 2005

Doing a 10 vehicle 16 day "Outback PUB Crawl" start in NSW to Qld
Birdsville 2 nights 27th & 28th Big Red, BV track, Overland Corner and home via Pinnaroo Bakery & Little Desert.

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Reply By: stevesub - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 09:03

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 09:03
We are thinking starting of in Melbourne doing the Birdsville track from south to north, then to Longreach, then onto Brisbane just after Easter next year. Nodates have beens et yet and we are very flexible for dates.

Anyone interested in accompanying us on the Birdsville track or any other sections of the trip.

We will be in our Troopy pop-top camper and are looking at maybe a 2 week trip one way (going home after nomading for 18 months).

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