Mt Isa to Birdsville

Submitted: Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 09:42
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Whats the best way to get from Mt Isa to Birdsville, things to see, time to get there and any special things I need to know.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 11:30

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 11:30
Hi wato,

Best route is via Boulia. It is a good run, with a large amount of bitumen to Boulia. Boulia is a nice spot to stay overnight. Don't forget to visit the Min Min Encounter at the visitor centre. The pub has nice meals in the restaurant and the caravan park is cheap. I belive there is also good camping along the river, but other will help you with that.

South of Boulia it is predominantly dirt roads. It is an easy run with ruins on your left about half way and then the dingo caves just before you reach Birdsville.

We drove from Adel's Grove to Boulia via Mt Isa in one day, albeit long, and then reached Birdsville mid afternoon the next day.

Hope this helps.


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Follow Up By: wato35 - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 11:47

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 11:47
Thanks Glenn

Where is Adel's Grove?
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 16:22

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 16:22
Hi Wato,

Adel's Grove is adjacent to Lawn Hill National Park.



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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 13:57

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 13:57
Lawn Hill
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Reply By: sandyngraham - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 19:50

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 19:50
Suggest same route as previous replies ... via Boulia... Grab an opera house pot (if you don't have one $10 from the general store) and a can of catfood and drop it in overnight in the Burke River behind the Caravan Park... with a bit of luck you'll get a great feed of redclaw yabbies.

If its a really hot day... what day isn't out that way... Boulia has a great swimming pool and sports complex opposite the school.

We recommend that you definitely DON'T stay at Bedourie, a little further south than Boulia... Council owned "caravan park" is a block of dirt for which they want the earth (no pun intended) and the cost of a feed at the roadhouse is astronomical... have to eat there cause the flies won't let you eat anywhere else!


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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 22:33

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 22:33

Isa to Boulia is all bitumen, albeit narrow. Early morning/late afternoon travel guarantees some good photo oppurtunities either side of Dajarra.

A lot of bitumen between Boulia and Bedourie these days. Bedourie to Birdsville has, at a guess, about 30% bitumen.

Plenty to see, but not too many alternate routes, between Isa and Birdsville.

Dry as buggery up here at the moment, though there was 75mm rain in the Isa tonight.

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