which way to birdsville

Submitted: Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 21:43
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im heading to birdsville in a few weeks to do the simpson desert & was after the quickest/easiest way to birdsville from melbourne
option 1 to port agusta & then up the birdsville track or
option 2 to broken hill & inamincka via cordillo downs
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Reply By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 21:45

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 21:45
Option 2 has nicer scenery in my opinion, not sure about easiest or quickest.
Cheers Peter
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 23:19

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 23:19
I meant to go in and say hello before - have you been out and about much, you two, or just working? Will we see you this year?
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Follow Up By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 23:11

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 23:11
Pretty much just working, I started dialysis in May 2004, so makes it a little difficult to visit Birdsville again. We both really like Birdsville, so this is a bit of a pain in you know where. Manage to get away on the weekends though. Say gidday to Ian from both of us. Will be first destination on our list when I am lucky enough to recieve a donor kidney.
Cheers Peter and Lez
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 22:09

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 22:09
Depends which way you want to do the actual Simpson Crossing? West to East or vice versa?
The trip is somewhat "easier" going west to east as the dunes are sloped in your favour (ie: more gentle slope on the western face), except for Big Red which has it's easiest approach on the eastern face.

So, if you decide to go west to east, you still don't need to go through Pt Orgutta necessarily. Depending on how much time you have and what liking you have for been off the black top, there are better alternatives. From Mildura you could go to Wentworth and westwards into SA and up through Dangalli Conservation Park to Yunta, through the Flinders to Maree. At this point you could go up the Birdsville Track (if you want to do Simmo East to West). If preference is for West to East, go up to Oodnadatta, Dalhousie etc.

Whichever way you go, the trip could also include the section from/to Birdsville via Innaminka, Cameron Corner and Broken Hill.

So many choice, so little time, eh? I know that damn feeling only too well I'm sorry to say.

Have a good trip...

Cheers

Roachie
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 22:57

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 22:57
PJD
Melb Mildura Burra (skip Peterborough - pretty dodgy town :-) Orroroo Leigh Creek Marree Birdsville
Enjoy each town as much as getting there
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Follow Up By: Member - Rob J (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 13:04

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 13:04
Hello Bob,
I take it the road to Marree from Leigh Creek is OK for a standard caravan, gravel and dirt or is it bitumen.
Every other time we have travelled East it has been on limited time but this is the big one, we will stay away until we can't handle travelling any more. Might even join a circus.
Rob
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:03

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:03
Rob
I seem to recall one shallow creek crossing north of Leigh Creek. The road is gravel, but I don't remember it being especially bad. I last drove up there in 2000. I reckon you'd be OK with the van if you go slow, even through that creek. Someone may have fresher info
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:05

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:05
I remember that was the year Lake Eyre filled up so in a normal year the creek would be dry.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 08:19

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 08:19
Look at this it will tell you

Travelmate

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 08:39

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 08:39
I was just about to say , wheres Baz with his travelmate , and there you were lol hahahaha

we know you all so well , dont we lol

see ya soon
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:16

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:16
It's a habit from being told where to go lol, now i know.

We have one of those Navmans with voice directions i had the girls change the voice from female to male as it was bad enough having two women telling where to go without another as well, lol.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:29

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 15:29
Hello, personally I think you should up the western road and come across the Simpson from west to east then either Option 1 or 2 - that way you get to think Birdsville is the MOST wonderful oasis aftr the Desert! How many weeks away are you doing this?
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Follow Up By: Member- Peter & Mrs Peter, Lez - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 18:08

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 18:08
Good point Ruth, those showers at B/ville c/park take some beating also.
Cheers Peter and Lez
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Follow Up By: RustyHelen - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:18

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:18
Hi Ruth
Planning to come from Melb/BH/Tiboburra/Innaminka to Birdsville and then want to head up to Darwin so was wondering about B'ville north to Boulia. Can you give me an idea of the road and conditions or point me in the right direction?
No doubt we will see you in Sept.
Rusty
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 22:43

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 22:43
Melbourne, Mildura, Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Cameron Corner, Bore Track, Innamincka, Cordillo Downs, Birdsville probably the shortest route not necessarily the quickest.

Melbourne, Port Augusta, Hawker, Lyndhurst(end of bitumen) Marree, Birdsville..possibly further but an easier drive
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