North Lakes to Birdsville

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 16:45
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My husband and I are planning to travel to Birdsville races this year (from north Lakes, qld) and I was wondering if anyone had any advise on the best route and any general advice on travelling there and back really. We haven't done a road trip in Aus before so any advice would be very much appreciated :-)


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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 18:32

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 18:32
Driving directions to Birdsville QLD
1,754 km – about 22 hours 10 mins
Suggested routes
Warrego Hwy
1,754 km 22 hours 10 mins

Capricorn Hwy
1,948 km 1 day 1 hour

Warrego Hwy and Diamantina Developmental Rd
1,583 km 1 day 0 hours

Brisbane QLD

1. Head south-west on Queen St towards Edward St 0.1 km
2. Turn left at Edward St 0.6 km
3. Turn right at Alice St 0.5 km
4. Take the ramp to Riverside Exp 0.2 km
5. Turn left at Riverside Exp 0.2 km
6. Continue onto South East Fwy 2.4 km
7. Slight left at Cornwall St exit 0.6 km
8. Continue onto Marquis St 0.3 km
9. Turn right at Juliette St 0.3 km
10. Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto King St 0.3 km
11. Take the 1st right on to Victoria Tce 0.1 km
12. Turn left at Ipswich Rd 17.7 km
13. Continue onto Ipswich Mwy 7.3 km
14. Exit onto Warrego Hwy 92.3 km
15. Turn right at Tourist Rd 0.3 km
16. Take the 2nd left on to Margaret St 0.9 km
17. Turn right at Mary St 0.6 km
18. Take the 3rd left on to Campbell St 1.3 km
19. Turn right at New England Hwy 0.4 km
20. Take the 1st left on to Bridge St 0.4 km
21. Turn right to stay on Bridge St 4.9 km
22. Continue onto Warrego Hwy 345 km
23. Turn left to stay on Warrego Hwy 0.9 km
24. Turn right to stay on Warrego Hwy 63.0 km
25. Turn right to stay on Warrego Hwy 22.4 km
26. Turn left to stay on Warrego Hwy 1.5 km
27. Turn right to stay on Warrego Hwy 0.2 km
28. Turn left to stay on Warrego Hwy 92.0 km
29. Continue onto Landsborough Hwy 307 km
30. Turn left at Isisford Blackall Rd 43.0 km
31. Turn left at Blackall Emmet Rd 66.7 km
32. Continue onto Leicester St 0.5 km
33. Turn right at Isisford Emmet Rd 0.2 km
34. Continue onto Emmet Yaraka Rd 6.6 km
35. Continue onto Yaraka Emmet Rd 45.6 km
36. Continue onto Windorah Yaraka Rd 82.4 km
37. Turn left to stay on Windorah Yaraka Rd 11.5 km
38. Turn right at Jundah Quilpie Rd 50.5 km
39. Turn left at Thomson Developmental Rd 0.2 km
40. Take the 1st right to stay on Thomson Developmental Rd 91.5 km
41. Turn right at Diamantina Developmental Rd 5.9 km
42. Turn right to stay on Diamantina Developmental Rd 109 km
43. Turn left at Birdsville Developmental Rd 104 km
44. Turn right to stay on Birdsville Developmental Rd 6.1 km
45. Continue onto Daroo St 0.2 km
46. Turn left at Morney St 0.3 km
47. Slight left at Birdsville Developmental Rd 162 km
48. Continue onto Eyre Developmental Rd 4.0 km
49. Turn right to stay on Eyre Developmental Rd 0.1 km
50. Take the 1st left on to Graham St 0.2 km

Birdsville QLD
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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 18:32

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 18:32
Haha just joking :-)

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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 01:03

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 01:03
Wish you guys would read the question. They're travelling from North Lakes. :-)
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Follow Up By: aka - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 08:50

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 08:50
only 30 klm,s extra
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 20:00

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 20:00
Hi Katy,

Have you searched on this site - eg the Treks section (see the blue buttons across the top of this pages). There is a mass of info here that will probably help you a lot.

You also need to check the road conditions page.

But you really have not given us much to work with eg what vehicle are you travelling in, are you towing a van or a camper, will you be camping along the way or using cabins, how long will you be away, what experience (if any) alsewhere do you have. If you can give us a bit more info we might be able to help.


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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:11

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:11
Hi Katy,

"best route" is dependant on what each individual is hoping to see. "Straightest route" would be through Toowoomba/Roma/Charleville/Quilpie/Windorah-Birdsville.

Roma has a good info centre on the gas rigs in that region, well worth a good stop in this very nice town.

Charleville is popular with the Astronomers and a very interesting place as well.

Quilpie- need I say more than Opals?

Windorah is a quirky outback town I loved, think blind man as the tyre repair man and paying for your fuel to this same blind man, (how he knows what to charge and what note you are giving him I don't know but a real character) gives a sense of the honest laid back approach from this town. The camp on the Cooper Ck is a beauty a few k's east of town. Also Welford NP is very remote and beautiful if you want my opinion (East of Windorah).

Birdsville, I don't need to say much here as this is your destination anyway but it will surprise you with how much there is to see and do in that region. Be prepared for quite a few days of sightseeing. Sunset at the dingo caves is well worth the effort of finding where they are (;-0 think that is supposed to be some sort of secret hehehe).

How long have you got for the trip? If you enjoy the country as much as I do a couple of weeks out there will be too fast and just leave you wanting more.

Have fun,
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Reply By: loxsmith - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 13:22

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 13:22
If you are up for a bit of country fun then make sure you are in Quilpie on the Tuesday night for their street party then on to Windorah for the Wednesday night Yabby races. They both go off !!! Take an extra spare tyre and drop pressures when you get to the dirt.
The police are very tolerant and will even tell you where the RBT's will be so be warned. Normally either side of Windorah seems to be common.
They even offer to breath test you before you get in your car/bike at Birdsville before you leaving to head home.

You will have a ball, might even see you there

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Follow Up By: loxsmith - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 15:50

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 15:50
Some more info for you
The Eulo pub has great meals and nice grassy campground behind it. Management can be a challenge !!
Amby pub is also good for camping and food
Hungerford pub makes for a good diversion off the main drag then head up to Thargo
I think it was Saturday night (check for yourselves) that is roast dinner night at the Innamincka Pub on the return journey via either the Cordillo Downs track or Walkers Crossing Track
Bedourie has a great public swimming pool, just ask at the Tourist info centre for the key to access the gate.
Make sure you check out Big Red not Little Red sand dune west of Birdsville for city boy hill climbing antics.
In no particular order but all good info just the same.

I have a Troopcarrier with fibreglass camper roof conversion for sale if it's of interest? Just a thought
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Reply By: Member - Katy B (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 14:07

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 14:07
Thankyou for all your replies!!

That is brilliant, we wanted to go to the street party in Windorah and the Yabby Races too!

To answer your questions, we are totally new to this - we want to have between 5 -7 days before and after the races really. We want to travel down in a campervan and camp along the way in it but we are open to other ideas\suggestions really. We haven't as yet sorted any transport out, we were going to hire something.

We only emigrated to Australia a year ago and this is our first trip!


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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 14:31

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 14:31
Welcome as a new ExplorOz member as well ;)

Cheers Kev
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