Outback Qld

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 11:06
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Hi everyone, we are planning to travel outback Qld for a couple of month's, leaving from Bundaberg in a few weeks time. We have no set plans and are just after some suggestions / advice on good fishing, camping, walking,looking, seeing, wondering and wandering (plenty of "ing") spots along the way. As a rough idea after leaving Bundy we will probably travel via Dalby, St George, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah, Quilpie, Windorah, Longreach, Boulia, Mount Isa, but having never been through these areas am not sure if we will even do them in that order. Have heard that due to the extended drought there is a blue/green algae problem in the waterways and that the creeks rivers and dams are pretty poor and may not be ideal camping fishing spots. Our rig consists of a 2.8d 4 Runner(high lift) and off road camper trailer, 120L water, 100L fuel, and pretty self sufficient in lighting, cooking, etc. Have a GPS & EPIRB (but haven't got any waypoints yet). Anyone been in these areas recently? and/or have any tips for a newcomer?Doubt if we will get too carried away in the adventure stakes as are aware of the limitations of the rig (power etc. and our own limitations, power etc, LOL) and will be travelling fairly much " steady as she goes".
Any info at all would be much appreciated............Cheers

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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 11:23

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 11:23
Why not visit a few National Parks in these areas? Not too taxing and great spots abound. The best thing to take is a sense of humour and a week or so up your sleeve. Have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Wilgadene - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 11:46

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 11:46
Thanks Footloose, will do, have a few maps showing the parks. Have both thrown our jobs in so the sense of humor is starting to come back.
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Reply By: Member - John (Bathurst) - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 14:28

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 14:28
We are planning a simlar trip in Aug ,starting from Bathurst.
I rang Outback QLD Tourism 0732364996 they sant some great infotmation ,in particul a QLD outback travellers' guide.I than rang any of the National Parks we planed to visit , Currawinya, Diamantina, Idelia, Lawn Hill and Innamincka & Coongie Lakes in SA for up to date information
Hema Maps have a very good map of Queensland's Outback
We are travelling in a Jackaroo 4WD ,Cub off road trailer and a Porta-Bote and like you we will be taking it steady
Hope you have a great trip
Ann and John
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Follow Up By: Wilgadene - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 16:23

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 16:23
Thanks Ann & John, have now got a Hema Outback Qld map and as you say, it is very good. We also want to visit Currawinya, Innaminka & Lawn Hill some time in our travels so might see you on the road, if not this trip maybe next. Thanks again
Kev & Terri
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 14:53

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 14:53
If you're around Birdsville on 9,10,11 July why not come to our EO National Gathering The more the merrier :-)
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Reply By: Lyds - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 22:07

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 22:07
My tip....

On your travels you may see pictures associated with Boulia that look like this

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as seen here

As you travel from Winton thru Middleton and on towards Boulia the landscape will change and you will say "Geez, this is great country! Whats it gonna be like when we get to Boulia - can't wait".

When you say that. Stop right there; coz thats where the pictures come from. In fact, the picture framed thru the hole in the rock is on private property which you can't get to.

Its a great place, you'll love it.

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Reply By: Spade Newsom - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 02:25

Friday, May 06, 2005 at 02:25
Wilgadene,

There are lots of National Parks, many are fantatic. Add Blackdown Tablelands to your list. It will be in your guide books. Don't miss Lawn Hill or Carnarvons either.

There are many camping reseves, in fact hundreds, and few, if any, will be in your books. The further West you go the more there are. I suggest you call into the small towns during your trip and ask locals for some advice. (Small means population say 5 - 500 people). Buy a cuppa from the store and they will tell you every secret spot for miles. Your not in any hurry so play it by ear.

Most of the best spots are on fishing holes all along the major rivers. None of the rivers are running however some holes are kms long and never dry up. You probably won't catch any fish, but you can have fun trying and put in your scrap book you went skinny dipping in The Cooper or the Barcoo.

Don't know of much blue green algae. It doesn't survive well in the red silt.

Met a couple recently who were camping at a hole on the Warrego. They had been there about a week. Left Melborne for two months holiday. After four months they hadn't even got half way where that had actually planned to go. Thats a holiday if you ak me.

Another tip. When driving through large towns look for servos off the main drag. Their fuel prices are usually cheaper

have a good holiday

Spade Newsom
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Follow Up By: Member - Wilgadene (QLD) - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 09:00

Friday, May 06, 2005 at 09:00
Thanks Spade, much appreciated. Heading off in about 1 week so the info will be very handy.

Cheers
Wilgadene
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