Sydney to Birdsville route

Submitted: Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 12:28
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We want to drive to Birdsville from Sydney the quickest and easiest route (as we are then crossing the Simpson desert). Would the Bourke, Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville route be the best? Has anyone done it? How long did it take? Any better ways?

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Reply By: JimB - Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 12:32

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 12:32
Yep, We've done close in about 2 days (big days) but in reverse order. Coming down from Tennant Creek across to Lake Nash, Urandangi, Boulia, Windorah, Bourke. Can do Cunnamulla - Sydney in one big day. You'd sleep well though, ay.
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Follow Up By: Kylie - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:19

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:19
Great. Thanks a lot for the advice Jim.
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Reply By: CirclingVulture - Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 17:37

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 17:37
Try this map of the route http://www.nowwhereroute.com/travelmate/mapmaker/mappage.asp?type=sydney_NSW_birdsville_NT
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Follow Up By: Kylie - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:19

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:19
What a brilliant site. Haven't seen that one before. Thanks for the tip and making the map for me.
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Follow Up By: CirclingVulture - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 10:20

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 10:20
Yea it's a keeper for the favorites another handy site if you don't already have it, is Nrma site especially if you live in NSW, even better if you're a member. P.S. Your best to use the road conditions from that travelmate site before you leave, very useful, to get to that page ----> On the road, from top of any page, then hit the road conditions link.

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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 19:12

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 19:12
Kylie, that's prob the quickest , why you in a hurry?Regards Bob
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Follow Up By: Kylie - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:21

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:21
Thanks Bob. We've got limited time and want to be in the middle of the Simpson desert for 27 August when Mars is at its closest point to earth.
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 15:58

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 15:58
I hope there's no cloud, should be a great view from out there.Regards Bob
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Reply By: Member - Bill- Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 20:37

Monday, Aug 11, 2003 at 20:37
Yep, it's the quickest, best is via Wilc., Cliffs, Tiboo, Corner, Inna, Walkers X. Could take you a while though if you want to do more than tick the box.Regds

Bill
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Follow Up By: Kylie - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:21

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:21
Thanks Bill. We'll bookmark your suggested route for another day when we have more time.

Kylie
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 08:27

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 08:27
Yes, that way would be the quickest. At Easter we went Thargomindah, Quilpie (actually you just miss it), Windorah, Birdsville. Look out for the blind guy running the garage at Windorah - they use an honour system! The Adventure Hwy is sealed for a fair part, and then the dirt part is in good nick if dry. Our major problem was oncoming vehicles not slowing on the gravel and showering us with windscreen damaging rocks. We met others at Thargomindah and overnighted there, and then the next night by the road beyond Betoota. Then an easy run into Birdsville the next morning. We don't drive at night (set camp at about 1700), and were slowed by several tyre problems. I'd allow three days leisurely drive and two nights camping out.Bob
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Follow Up By: Kylie - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:23

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:23
Thanks Bob. We're also planning 3 days. Thanks for the tip about the blind guy. We'll make sure we visit.
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Follow Up By: Ditzy - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 12:39

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2003 at 12:39
No need to look out for the blind guy running the Windorah Fuel - his name is Merv, he is blind from diabetes and only for the past few years. He may be blind, but his hearing is acute and he is incredibly clever with money. Kylie you can see Mars from the large telescope set up at the Caravanserai Cafe at the Blue Poles Art Gallery in Birdsville also.
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