Advice sort; North from Mildura to Birdsville

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 18:29
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Gday all.

As we sit here in Mildura looking at the next part of our little adventure we are starting to wonder where we can and can't get to.

What I'd like is some info and advice on a trip north from here..

Mildura
Menindee
Broken Hill
Milprinka
Camerons Corner
Merty Merty
Strzelecky north to Innamincka then onto Birdsville somehow.

From Birdsville north to the Diamantina Dev track then turn east for Charlieville..

after a bit of a search, camping at Menindee, BH, Milprinka or CC, then Innamincka common before Birdsville.

Any advice. Roads open yet? I searched but the SA Gov and the Qld gov have conflicting info.

Good places to camp that maybe arn't well advertised/signposted/ or known.

Cheers
Greg and Sonja

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Reply By: DIO - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:13

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:13
QLD Outback Road Conditions

SA Outback Roads Conditions
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:35

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:35
O.K. Mildura to Pooncarie is sealed. There is camping at Pooncarie, plus a pretty decent pub and a store.

From there to Menindee you will be in a gravel/unformed road and if there has been any rain in the preceding couple of days will be closed. If you are pulling a van it's O.K. but with due care.

Check out a place called Tolarno Station, they have accommodation that's pretty good in old shearers quarters. Its about 50 km north of Pooncarie.

Menindee has two pubs, a motel, super market & fuel. If you head out towards the main weir there is bush camping there, with toilets and I think tap water (untreated). If you go into Kinchega N.P. you'll pay for the privilege, and it's not that flash.

Broken Hill has a lot to offer, though I always recommend that travellers stay at Penrose Park at Silverton. It's bush camping with showers and sewered toilets and priced reasonably. The park is a trust and they need all the money they can get. There are art galleries, a cafe, and a pub at Silverton.

From Broken Hill to Milparinka there Silver City Highway is about one third sealed, the rest is usually good gravel. There is a pub at Milparinka and free camping.

Tibooburra is a bit further north of Milparinka. There is two pubs, a fuel outlet that is not cheap, and a shop. Check out the N.P. Office as they have a very good display. From there to Innaminka the road is good to fair. Cameron's Corner is worth a stop & you can camp there. Also Bollard's Lagoon, a bit further on, has camping, or they did.

Innaminka has a village common that has free camping, so I'm told. Though if you want to camp along Cooper's Creek, away from the village which is great, you will need a Desert Parks Pass.

No doubt some other members of this site will give you additional advice.

Enjoy yourself.

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Follow Up By: joff1 - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 15:57

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 15:57
Thanks Richard..
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Reply By: Mandrake - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:05

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:05
As you are already in Mildura - I'd be inclined to go to Mungo via Arumpo road (unsealed and a bit rough inplaces ) - Shearers quarters with showers or Campsites with toilet block ..
Don't miss sunrise and sunset at the lunettes !!
Continue on Arumpo if open for Menindee etc ...

Rgds

Mandrake
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Follow Up By: joff1 - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 15:59

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 15:59
Thanks Mandrake. We are heading up to Mungo from Mildura for the day on Saturday with a mate from here in Mildura. Only a day thing though so might miss the sunrise/set thing.
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Reply By: Steve63 - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 16:02

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 16:02
From Cameron Corner you can go up the Bore Track to Innaminka. It is in the Trek section.

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Netnut (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:31

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:31
Hello Greg and Sonja,

Assuming you are going north in a rugged vehicle and perhaps towing a trailer or caravan? Then consider a diversion from Broken Hill to Mutawingee NP. It's north east of BH in the Bynango Range.

Great camping can be had in the NP campground; camp has plenty of defined sites - you can back in a trailer or caravan alongside a table and fireplace - fresh water from taps, good toilets and hot & cold showers. You may have to book if your visit coincides with a school holiday or a long weekend.

Collect your wood before you get to the NP.

Plenty of wildlife/birdlife to be seen; and goats.

Interesting walks of varying difficulty.

If there on a Wednesday or Saturday, for a fee you can take part in the guided tour of the indigenous rock and cave art. Suggest you make enquiries about the tour at the information centre whilst in Broken Hill as it is not always held as publicised. Tri State 4X4 which operates out of BH is also another contact for information about the tour. The company has a contract to run the tour. When the wife and I were there last August, the TriState tour arrived unexpectedly and we tagged along for a fee.

The road to Mutawingee NP is good gravel once you leave the Silver City Highway. The road north from the NP is well formed gravel. It veers left to rejoin the SC Hwy a good spit south of Milparinka or right to visit White Cliffs.

To get from Tibooburra to Innaminka consider travelling The Bore Track from Bollards Lagoon HS. I suggest you contact the HS for advice on access to the track. A fee is payable at the HS. The Bore Track is well signposted and well worth doing if you like getting off the main roads. Some corrugations, but nothing extraordinary. You get to see plenty of gas/oil infrastructure along the way.

To travel from Innaminka to Birdsville, consider taking Walkers Crossing Track, if it's passable. Suggest you contact the ranger at Innaminka to find out if the track is passable. You can town an offroad camper or caravan over it with care, a one-day trip to Birdsville.

Whilst in Innaminka take a gander at the Thermal Rocks Project which will eventually provide the town with electricity. Warning: When you choose a camping spot on the Innaminka Common, take care not to camp near folk who must run a generator throughout the night and in contravention of the NP campground rules.

Enjoy the trip. Take a fly veil with you.
Cheers,
Netnut








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