Road to Coongie Lakes

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:44
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Have searched and found many threads about the area but not quite the answer I want. How long does it take to drive comfortably from Innamincka to Coongie Lakes ? AND/OR what sort of average speed are we talking about ?
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:57

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:57
About 2.5 hours each way. Its a very corrugated outback road. I run low tyre pressures so my fillings don't fall out :-))

Speed is irrelevant - just drive to the conditions.
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Follow Up By: Longreach - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 10:04

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 10:04
Thanks Phil
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Reply By: signman - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 12:33

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 12:33
There's no such thing as a 'comfortable drive' to Coongie Lakes. Would have to be one of the worst roads out there. And is it worth the drive?? Dunno about that. There was an article in Australian Geographic a few issues back with good info on the Lakes.
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Reply By: Member - Landie - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 13:49

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 13:49
If taking the time to drive out, stay a night. It is very peaceful and the sunsets are fantastic. I doubt you'd be disappointed!

Regards
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 15:06

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 15:06
This week, there is water in the Lakes, but not enough to canoe. Still has lots of birds and a lovely spot to camp and consider life.
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Follow Up By: Member - John A (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 14:03

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 14:03
Ruth
I was interested in your comment regarding the amount of water in the Coongie Lakes.
I am hoping to do this trip from Adelaide around June but will monitor the water levels some how ; not much point going if there is little H20.
I am wondering if the rains in central Qld in the last 2 weeks or so will send a flush down into the Cooper system.
Do you have any knowledge on this & when the flow may arrive?
Must also add how much I enjoy your contributions to the life of this website / forum; always well reasoned.
I look forward to passing through Birdsville again in the next year or so & making your acquaintance.

Regards
John Adamson
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 14:26

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 14:26
John, thank you so much for your nice comments. Yes, the recent rains in CQ will most certainly put more water into the system, and especially into the Cooper (the Barcoo and Thompson will assist greatly there). Too soon yet to say when the waters will come down - but we all (out here) monitor the waters as much as we can by ringing the properties and checking automatic readers on the BOM site, plotting and planning (it's not very scientific but we have fun with it). I will keep you posted (via EO Forum) on how and when and expectations.
Look forward to seeing you again.
Ruth
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 18:54

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 18:54
100kmh road. Plenty corrugations so maintain 100k to sit on top of them. Make sure you get around all the bends though or you could be in for BIG surprise...lol

Road and surrounding area pretty uninviting but Coongie is just brilliant.
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 19:16

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 19:16
We're leaving for Coongie on Thursday morning.

Yeeeeeeeeeeehhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 02:09

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 02:09
Personally, I question whether the trip is worth the effort, although I haven't actually been there. I chickened out at about the 50 km mark.

I had a bleep tered rear window "held" together by cardboard and duct tape and decided not to tempt fate any further.

Maybe if you are an avid bird watcher you would appreciate the view more, but to my way of thinking, Cullyamurra Waterhole also has plenty of bird life and turtles and fish (in season) and monster yabbies (cause I know the spot) and is a pretty good place to camp for a few days and contemplate life. (or the afterlife)

Each to their own I guess.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 06:19

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 06:19
You had better watch out for your own shadow....LOL
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Reply By: Gossy - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 12:16

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 12:16
I did this road last year and it was as smooth as a baby's bum. People couldn't believe it when I mentioned it in a forum here. I guess what I am trying to say is that I would allow worse case scenario and if it's any better then that's a bonus.
I don't know why it was so smooth (grader come thru??) but it was a very easy trip when I did it. Sounds like the norm though is that it's bad 99% of the time.

Great place. Enjoy it.
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Reply By: Longreach - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:27

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 09:27
Many thanks everyone. Heading off tomorrow.
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