Trip in August

Submitted: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 13:37
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Hi Everyone,

14-16 days off in August and intend to do the following itinery

Day 1: Saturday 12/8, Brisbane- Roma 500K’s
Day 2: Sunday 13/8, Roma- Longreach 695K’s
Day 3: Monday 14/8 Longreach Touristing
Day 4: Tuesday15/8 Longreach-The Isa 654 k’s
Day 5: Wednesday 16/8 The Isa Touristing
Day 6: Thursday 17/8 The Isa Touristing
Day 7: Friday 18/8 The Isa- Diamantina Nat park 472k’s
Day 8: Saturday 19/8 ????Spare
Day 9: Sunday 20/8 Diamantina Nat park- Birdsville 494k’s
Day 10: Monday 21/8 ?????Spare
Day 11: Tuesday 22/8 Birdsville- Windorah 386 k’s
Day 12: Wednesday 23/8 ????Spare
Day 13: Thursday 24/8 Windorah- Morven 547k’s
Day 14: Friday 25/8 Morven – Millmeran 548k’s
Day 15: Saturday 26/8 Millmeran – Home 245k’s

Total 4541k’s

Will be towing a camper, we are hiring one to try before we buy, a Trackabout Safari.

I am thinking of heading up to Hughenden to show the young bloke the dinosaur stuff and also the Lark quarry out of Winton, hence the spare days ATM will prob reshuffle arriving in the Isa a day or so.

Do you think it's too much for 14-16 days would like to spend a day in Diamantina NP and on the Cooper just to remind me of what I'm missing when back at work

Any suggestions on camp spots would be much appreciated.

Regards Glen.

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Reply By: Mike Harding - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:17

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:17
>Do you think it's too much for 14-16 days

Everybody varies in this respect but I think you (and especially your son - how old?) will be sick of the sight of the car by the time you get home.

Nine of your days are longish drives and I suspect you'll spend time driving around doing the tourist thing on your "off" days.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: seqfisho - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:30

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:30
We are plenty used to long days in the car and the young bloke (7) has been travelling offroad since he was 6 weeks. He is still more than happy to spend 4-5 hours in the car between leg stretches, he's a good traveller.

Just hope I'm not trying to see too much in the time frame, but can only get these 2 weeks now and then 3 weeks at Xmas and I hate going anywhere at Xmas time due to crowds and its too hot to be comfortable out that way in summer.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:33

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:33
Thats the type of trip we used to do with our boys, since they were 2 and 6.
500k was reasonably easy with seeing things as we go.
Could do 700k or more for a one day push.
We had a pouchs of stuff on the back of the front seat for them to do.

Roma to Longreach counting dead roos is a favourite past time.
Record so far is about 250.

We find that once we get to Charleville/Morven, the scent of home gets strong and we ued to do it in one day, so that might give you an extra day.

Yes, go to Muttaburra and see the dinosaurs, and the old hospital. Lark quarry good too.
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 16:52

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 16:52
Seqfisho,that is almost exact itenery we are going to do,either july or august not sure yet. We arn't doing Mt Isa though at this point but not having days off so to speak.Only allowing 12 days with 2 day's at home to ready one self for work again,YUK.we will be in a motor home towing a little 4x4 for big red & side trips i hope.will be camping where we feel like stopping without annoying other's, which for me won't be to hard to do,See you round like a doughnut,Bob.
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Reply By: Bros 1 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:32

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:32
seqfisho,
Suggest that after you visit Lark Quarry, backtrack a little bit and stay at Old Cork on the Diamantina (Sat 19/08). Was there last year in May and caught yellowbelly. No facilities though. Then continue on down through Diamantina National Park.
Cheers,
Bros.
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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:10

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:10
Hello Glen,

Kronosaurus Korner at Richmond is really worthwhile visiting. It's really good. The road up through Muttaburra is ok too. I also reckon you could get home from Morven with only about 800kms to travel...and home is waiting without having to set up camp!!

We used to do this kind of trip with our kids when they were young. They loved it. We would do one big day to begin with...about 1000kms..leaving early in the morning, then after that have a mixture of distances depending on what we were wanting to see and do in each area.

As far as camp spots...Mitchell has a nice camp spot at the Weir on the west side of town. You can camp for free at Muttaburra. Richmond's cp is very good, clean etc. If you head west from Blackall to Isisford (instead of going up to Barcaldine) you can camp on the Barcoo River. Ilfracombe has a nice little museum to the Australian Light Horse.

You'll have a great time. Best wishes.

Viv
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