Cameron's Corner - Strezlecki track

Submitted: Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:17
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We have plans to travel from Brisbane via Cunnamulla and Noccundra to Camerons' Corner and Innamincka; then on to Strezlecki Track to Oodnadatta Track, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, back up Birdsville Track to Birdsville and back to Brisbane - or something like that!

We plan to tow a Phoenix caravan and are limited to 4 weeks (work calls!); so realise we need to be prepared to alter plans to fit. We don't want to rush it.

Are we being too ambitious - and will the caravan handle the roads (we believe it will)? We 've taken it from Longreach to Birdsville before and then to Boulia and across the Plenty Hwy - not sure how this compares?

Any thoughts welcome.

Anne
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:33

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:33
Parts of the route you suggest are very stony (sections of the Strz and the Oodna) - poor weather aside, progress should be fine, but rattling along some of those stony sections can take a toll on tyres where decent loads are in the mix. I haven't travelled mid QLD yet, but if you've covered some stony rough and tumble stuff in the van, then you know what to expect. Should hasten to add that many of the road sections you intend to travel in SA could be quite smooth.
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:44

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:44
If you are prepared to take it easy, the van should do the trip. The roads are wide gravel predominently, but can be hellish stoney and have bulldust holes.

You should do it in four weeks without being too rushed, though as always, more time would allow you to really get to know the laces.

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:46

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:46
and once you get to know the laces...you could try getting to know the places :-)

keyboard!!!... fingers!!! ....work together!!!!
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:59

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 15:59
Anne,
If you have been to Birdsville & along the Plenty H'way, the roads you are going to take are the same. Good after the grader has been over, bad after rain.
Go slow & enjoy
Vince
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 20:48

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 20:48
Vince has said it all really, if you've done the Plenty then you know what your in for.
We've been most all the roads you mention over the past 3 or 4 years towing Evernew van no problems, just take it easy travel slowly and take in the view.. Enjoy the trip
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 16:54

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 16:54
That's all fairly easy travelling.

For up to date road conditions with details of the cautions, if any you can check out transport sa website and look at road conditions far north.

I would recommend that you take it easy at every creek, especially on the Oodna they are the last bits to get repaired and the first to get damaged so are often a bit rough, especially justt after rain.

The Strez is pretty good and should present no probs

From Camerons to Merty Merty, just watch some of the dune crests. The road is gravel covered but there are often holes just over the crests and some are pretty steep. A lot of fun can be had with the light tummy feeling but don't get carried away. There are also some soft sandy bits just before Merty Merty when you are travelling north in the swales between dunes but nothing too bad.

If you haave kids I recommend asking at the Corner Store how the $5 notes get up on the ceiling. It's a lot of fun.
Have fun.

Duncs
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