Birdsville to Wagga Wagga

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 19:53
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I am planning a trip across the Simpson (via Ooodnadatta, Yularu and the Alice) and due to a tight schedule, I need to know the quickest way from Birdsville back to Wagga Wagga (home).

Can anyone help?

Thanks,
DaveA
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:04

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:04
Birdsville Track to Marre to Leigh Creek to Peterborough to Mildura to Balranald to Hay to good old Wagga - my home town too
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Follow Up By: DaveA - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:36

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 20:36
Thanks for the feedback.

How long do you think this would take approximately - in hours, so I can then decide how many hours per day to drive.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:36

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:36
Birdsville Track (Birdsville to Marree) is about 600km and Marree to Wagga is about 1500kms

No good asking me how long it would take - I have a bit of a reputation for covering large distances in a day :-)))

Also depends if you are just going to 'put yur head down' and drive, no sight seeing on the way

Birdsville track is dependent upon the track conditions at the time - if it is dry and recently graded you will make good time. If it is wet and boggy it can take days to traverse


Marree to Wagga is all tar seal so no issues there
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:40

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:40
Here is the ExplorOz website trek notes for the Birdsville Track


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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:43

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:43
Clayton Creek just out of Marree has a thermal spa which is a great way to finish off a days driving - has a toilet block and you can camp there.

Sunset in the spa with a cold beer - ahhhhhh - life isnt too bad :-)
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:50

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:50
Looks a bit like this - but happier than I look in the picture (sour looking bugger) - I actually had stubbed my toe just prior to taking the picture. I was on my own so I set the camera up on tripod and timer and was running back to jump in the sap and I stubbed my toe - hurt like the blazes - thus the sour look on my dial :-)


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Follow Up By: Member - Dick (Int) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:24

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:24
KiwiAngler posted:

No good asking me how long it would take - I have a bit of a reputation for covering large distances in a day :-)))


Yes, noticed that after you came off the Canning and camped near Bililuna, you sure covered some distance the next day.



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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:50

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:50
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From memory I went from Billiluna to Wagga in 3 days - Unfortunately I just can't seem to be able to curb my desire to 'see what's around the next bend of over the next hill" :-))))

Its a great place this Australia
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:40

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:40
Dave

Have a look at heading out through Windorah, Toompine, Quilpie, Cunnamulla.

I reckon its quicker and you avoid SA.

Betoota to Canberra is a one day drive (18 hours) so B'ville/Wagga would be about the same.

The other route is Birdsville to Tibooburra, and is actually the shortest.

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Follow Up By: DaveA - Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 19:37

Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 at 19:37
I think I'll use the Windorah / Cunnamulla as Plan B. Plan C will be via the Birdsville track, down to Renmark and then across to Wagga.

My preference (Plan A) would be to go via Camerons Corner, Tibooburra etc. Can any one give me a rough idea on travel times from Birdsville to Cameron Corner? And then Camerons Corner to Tibooburra. I assume it depends on road conditions but I will be checking this once in Birdsville so at this stage for planning purposes, I'm interested in best case scenario via this route.

Any feedback will be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Dave
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