Road Cunnamulla - Quilpie?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 13:25
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Hi, in the process of planning my winter trip. Leaving Vic in 3rd week of June for the Kimberley and then south thru the Pilbara. Towing a caravan - black top tourer but will handle some dirt.

1. I would like to go from Cunnamulla to Quipie via Carpet springs, Alroy, Toompine. My map shows small sections of the road as unmade. Anyone know what the road is like?

2. From Quilpie the road to Windorah shows as sealed. I assume the Developement road to Boulia thru Bedourie a no go for my rig so am planning to run north from Windorah to Longreach. The road immediately north of Windorah is also shown as unmade. Any reports on this section?

3. I plan to run from Winton to the Isa thru Boulia.

I have done the Kimberley trip a few times, but never travelled there thru western Qld before. This one of the few sections of Oz in which I have not spent time, and looking forward to seeing the country . Am I correct in assuming there will still be water in the creeks and the countryside will be in great shape by then??
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Reply By: handy - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 14:49

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 14:49
no 1 question. the road is not bad just drive to the conditions.

no 2 the road is sealed from quilpie to windorah and the road north from windorah is sealed to longreach.
the road out to boulia thru bebourie can be good at times but a lot of cattle are getting trucked out of the area at the moment .

the country is in good nick in places so have a good trip.

cheers
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 18:25

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 18:25
As Handy said, roads can cut up preety quickly if trucks are running.

Road from Windorah to Longreach is good, gets a little narrow up towards Longreach. This won't cause you any problems if you get off the road for other traffic.

Just watch for the local RBT in the middle of nowhere. saw 3 vehicles all day and still got to blow in the bag.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 18:37

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 18:37
Going the same direction ourselves. Leaving Hunter Valley 2 weeks today going Longreach and Mount Isa to Alice. Thinking of diverting from Winton, to Boulia and up to Mount Isa...any reports on those roads (Kennedy and Diamantina Developmental roads) ????? I take it there has been a lot of water through there in recent months.
Cheers from Fred.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 21:39

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 21:39
Roads have been repaired, just keep it down to a steady roar and you will have no problems.
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Follow Up By: furph - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 07:42

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 07:42
You mention "water in the creeks"
For a great o/n camp Lake Houdraman at Quilpie will be full, water lillies in bloom and bird life polific.
If you go to Eromanga (off the Q/Windorah rd.) you will see the inland fuel refinary, look at the opal monument near the hall, have a cold one at the Royal Hotel and you will have visited the "furthest town from the sea" in ozz.
The road north from the pub takes you back to the main Q/W rd. at Thylungra, about 1/2 way you pass the Kyabra waterholes which will also be full, another top camp spot and plenty of yellowbelly/bream to be caught.
All the channels with water will also contain plenty of yabbies. Small ones for bait, bigger ones to eat!
furph
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 07:57

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 07:57
Thanks for that info furph, looking foward to going through there with a stopover. The rods will be on board.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 08:01

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 08:01
furph I'll be towing a van. How's that road through Kyabra. Looks like about 90 ks.
Fred.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 08:04

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 08:04
90 ks back to the Windorah Rd I meant, not speed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 08:15

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 08:15
Warster I'll be going that way in two weeks and will try to post a road report as we go. Stay tuned. I am also towing a caravan.
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Follow Up By: handy - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 11:14

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 11:14
fish are biting well at windorah lately, been catching plenty of yellas and catties. cheers
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Follow Up By: furph - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 15:46

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 15:46
Fred.
They have been sealing that road from both ends as ongoing work. Not sure what gravel is left, probably no more than 30k,. Then again it may be all completed by now. It is maintained in good order though and no problem for a normal road van.
We go up 35k., then across country to opal leases. At the 30k. mark there are good channels for yabbies, also a good camp spot and yabbies on the left at the "1 mile" out of Eromanga.
If you have a small boat, the Kyabra hole is up to 5k. long and the fishing can be the best in W. Qld.
(shouldn't really let that secret out)
furph
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 19:19

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 19:19
Longreach has its own police training centre. The locals know all too well that you don't drink and drive in the town where hopeful graduates are out to catch you as part of their training.
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Follow Up By: handy - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 06:53

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 06:53
lol, you havent been reading the longreach news over the last couple of months. cheers
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