Birdsville or Innamacka ?

Hi ALL,
Planning our trip to Uluru from Brisbane.
Proposed route Brisbane,Charleville then
My route :-Innamincka, Strzelecki track onto Marree ?
Or Mates Route:-Birdsville,Birdsville track onto Marree ?
Then Coober Pedy,Uluru,Kings Canyon, and up to Macdonnell Ranges where there are a few options to take and yet to decide.

But My Route or Mates Route is the Question ?
And tow Camper trailer or tent it ?
I have 2.8TD hilux dual cab traytop So have plenty of rear storage to just take tent.
Mate has 98` GU Petrol Patrol and on Gas, He will be towing Camper trailer.
I would prefer to leave Camper at home, But it would be nice to have.
Both have offroad campers.
We will have 4 weeks for the trip.
Doug,This is why I bought the NUVI 760 and shonky topo.

Some possible routes and views on towing a camper that bloody far will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for this great site.

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Reply By: Mrbrush - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:36

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:36
Yeh I know Innamincka not Innamacka
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:37

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:37
My favorite route

Windorah to JC Hotel then dow to Hadden Corner via Planet Downs then Arabury Nappa Merrie. Then Bore Track, as Strz is now a gravel superhighway. Then Arkaroola, Leigh Creek, Maree, Oodnadatta Track to William Creek, Coober Pedy, Arkaringa, Marla, and on

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Follow Up By: Mrbrush - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:53

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:53
Thanks Olsen I will study that route.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:48

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:48
IMHO if it has to be one or the other, I'd go via Birdsville.

Either way will be okay for the camper trailers, so long as they're off-road type with decent tyres etc.

Your mate might just want to check on the availability of LPG.... not much about out that way, so he may need to carry jerrys of petrol.....but I'm not sure. I know there's none in Birdsville and I don't think there's any at Marree, William Creek, Oodna' etc etc...

Cheers

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Mrbrush - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:58

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:58
Thanks Roachie, Mate was expecting lack of gas supply and has 2 fuel jerry cans on tow.
Looks like Ol` matey might get his wish to Birdsville.
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:03

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:03
I had not considered LPG...good point
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Follow Up By: Mrbrush - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:15

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:15
Roachie, If you ever drive through Brisbane please don`t stop.
I my mate spots your rig he will steal it off you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 23:15

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 23:15
Thanks for the advice....I'll keep that in mind mate...hahahaha

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 21:23

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 21:23
What no LPG out in the bush?? for Christ sake don,t tell Jim of _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx, He will have a heart attack. LOVL.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:03

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:03
Do both. Check out the Innamincka area then up past Cordillo downs to Birdsville. Very little to see on the Strzlecki track.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:29

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:29
Get The NUVI "Tits On A Bull" Version...
Cos when you get out in the outback there is one road and one only ...NUVI is for finding your way around Sydney or New York...useless in the scrub..cant factor in bush fires and floods ..

But at least you are happy with your new toy, play with all those little bits an a whole lot cheaper than a new wife ..
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Follow Up By: Mrbrush - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:49

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:49
There`s always one D***head out there
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:58

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:58
Not sure about the Nuvi but we did plenty of outback recently using Shonky Maps on a Garmin 60 xcs and it showed all of the minor roads and tracks with every creek bed we crossed.
M.
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Follow Up By: Mrbrush - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 23:14

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 23:14
The NUVI 760 is a GARMIN and I have shonky maps on it too.
Cheers Mal,

Back to steve, Yeh I like playing with my new toy cause I can afford it. By the way would you know where I can get a cheap air conditioner for my tent ?. Dont want it too big but cause my plasma TV takes up a fair bit of space.
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Reply By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:54

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 22:54
In the last two years we have been on the dirt from Roxby through to Birdsville and then further north, Lawn Hill etc. This year Roxby up the Oodnadatta Track to Finke and Chambers Pillar, then on way home from Boulia south to Cordillo and Innamincka coming out at Tibbooburra. All of these roads while being isolated are just another dirt road and you will have no issues with a good off road trailer.
The usual about tyre pressures and speed applies and use some common sense and enjoy.
I refer to Roxby as that is where the dirt began on each trip.
M.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:23

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:23
The only reason to take the tent rather than the camper on that trip would be if you decided to cross the Simpson, not a bad option, but apparently its now officially a no go for trailers. Mine did it a few years back with no problems, now its not allowed, that's another argument for another time.

Either of the routes you have suggested will be fine with the trailer. Neither the Birdsville nor Strzlecki Tracks requires 4wd these days, not that I would take Mum's Astra, but if you want to test the front diff you will have to get away from these.

The suggestion of the Bore Track to Cameron's is good, the other option that I like is to go to Innamincka and then via Walkers Crossing to the Birdsville Track, then on to Marree etc.

Duncs
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 21:04

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009 at 21:04
I like the idea of going via cameron's corner, up the Bore track to Innaminka then over to Birdsville down the b/v track to Marree and wherever you want to go from there. The Bore track is a nice drive and if in the area I would suggest to soak it in if you can. We pulled a caravan through all these regions so an offroad trailer and common sense will cause no issues. Camping on the Wilson river at Noccundra is very peaceful as is the Cooper around Innaminka but I really liked Birdsville for some reason (maybe something to do with the pub??? and don't miss the museum there either.).

Enjoy the trip.
Trevor.
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