Innamincka to Birdsville

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:42
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Hi, can anyone help me with expected travel time and conditions (early September) Innamincka to Birdsville via Cordillo Downs.

Thanks Charlie
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:56

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:56
We did the reverse direction last September. A comfortable one day drive with time for stops and a short walk or two. Of course the locals might do it before breakfast, but we are tourists looking for quality experiences. Several things of interest to see on the way. From memory, the bottom third of the Cordillo track is quite sandy and smooth. The mid section up to the border has some very stony sections. You just slow down, and with careful driving and reduced pressures, your tyres shoud be happy. From the border up, and then left to Birdsville, the road was very smooth. That can all have changed a lot of course since Septemver - all except the rocky bits, they will always be there !
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Follow Up By: charlies - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:12

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:12
Thanks Banjo
That's perfect

Cheers
Charlie

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:21

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 17:21
yes an easy days drive depending on what you want to see, we were planning on camping abong ZCordillo Downs rd somewhere and making it a REALLY easy days drive
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Reply By: peter in sa - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:18

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:18
Hi Charlie we did Birdsville to Innamincka via Walkers crossing track great drive and a hell of alot better than the cordillo downs track i do'nt now what your reasons are buy going that way but i'd be taken W/C track cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:26

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:26
hi peter,
better in what way
more interesting or better road conditions.
or is it a 4wder's paradise with rock hopping features.

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Follow Up By: Lynn2 - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 12:53

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 12:53
Hi,

We also did the Innamincka to Birdsville via Walkers Crossing last October. We were towing a dirt road caravan and had no trouble at all. Road condition was quite good. Took about a day from memory.

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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 22:28

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 22:28
Hi Charlie sorry about the delay getting back to you we did Walkers crossing 2 yrs ago good track we bushed camped half way and a had great bomb fire that night out in the middle of no were it was great, for the cordillo downs track it's weather you like to drive on stone's for a day or not , last yr we went from Birdsville through Betoota down past camrons corner ,dig tree than into Innamicka we found the road to be good same sandy patches and herd's of camels to frow in as well,for me if i had to do it again i'd go Walkers crossing way.i hope i was of same help cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: charlies - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 at 07:02

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 at 07:02
G'day Greendog
I was interested in Walkers but I thought I read somewhere it was closed. I will investigate. Thanks

Cheers Charlie
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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 at 22:08

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 at 22:08
Hi Charlie Walkers was only open to high clearance 4wd and that was about 4 weeks ago the last time it was closed is when bash cars went through there last year about august it was hope this helps cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:48

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:48
Charlie. One option is to head out over the Nappa Merrie bridge past the dig tree then North to Arrabury before picking up the Cordillo rd. Nice views from the jump ups then a high speed sandy track without too many corrogations unlike the main rd which chops up pretty bad at times & has more rough creek crossings. It's a full day either way with plenty of stops so if you want to break the drive up & look around a bit more, then a nice spot to camp is at the Cadelga ruins.
Cheers Craig..............
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Follow Up By: Member - sparra - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 07:58

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 07:58
plenty of yabbies in the creek at cadelga. cheers sparra.
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Follow Up By: bob2 - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 08:11

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 08:11
Last year in August we took the Jayco 20' van from the dig tree then North to Arrabury, but continued north past Haddon corner, because we heard the Cordillo road was rough.

It was an enjoyable drive. Its a bit further and no fuel at Betoota.
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Reply By: charlies - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 16:58

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 16:58
Thanks for all the feedback.
It is reassuring when you haven't been in the area for a while.

Cheers Charlie
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