Travelling Birdsville then South

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Hi Everyone - About to leave in a few days from Tassie through Flniders Ranges and up to Birdsville (roads allowing) before heading into Outback Qld. Does anyone have some good suggestions on places to visit and stay while we are travelling south from Longreach down through NSW to Orange. We want to get off the beaten track a bit.
Cheers Kirko (Tas)
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Reply By: Spade Newsom - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 18:37

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 18:37
Not real far off the beaten track but a stopover at the Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville is pretty good. Only a few kms from the town.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 18:42

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 18:42
Mate, I could tell ya but you know what happens then.What you need to do is bring me along to personally show you............I can meet you at the boat if thats easier.Its getting abit cold here.
Go out and check out Muttuburra, nice spot with some great camps.Its a little nth from longreach but worth it.
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Follow Up By: Kirko2 - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 19:11

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 19:11
Thanks Nick - I know what you mean about it getting a bit cold here - snow tonight down to 500m on Mt Wellington Brrrrrr. Thanks for the tip - we are flexible so a bit North should not be a problem.
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Reply By: stockas - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:58

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:58
Hi... Blackall is an interesting town, it is 302 k north of Charleville. There is free camping near the river or the caravan park is good with an excellent camp oven meal at reasonable price. There is the Wool Scour Shed that is worth a visit and the town's artesian heated swimming pool is an absolute must!

We enjoyed Charlotte Plains Homestead about 50 k east of Cunamulla.

Carnarvon Gorge, if you like walks, is very good but caravan park is a bit pricey.

Have heard that Cania Gorge is great, we will be going there this year.

Have a great time.

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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:11

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:11

When in Longreach take some time to visit the old machinery display (free) at Ilfracombe and lunch at the famous Woolshed (?) pub. South there is free camping at Isisford on the Barcoo river. You can spend a couple of pleasant days visiting and reliving 1890's history at Blackall where amongst other things they have restored the old wool scouring plant to operating condition, really worth the visit. South through Quilpy (excellent small C'van park) and via Toompine (Pub only with free camping) to Yowah. Here it is opal mining, very basic township but good people and the chance to buy, fossick for or just look at boulder opal.

From there you would need to cut easterly but you are on the verge of the outback via Hungerford (Currwinya NP) and Bourke. Another great spot , especially if you are into walking are the Warrumbungles (NP) but need 2 to 3 days to do it justice - excellent camping there.

Good tripping,


Mike T (vic)
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Follow Up By: slave - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 09:56

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 09:56
I will second many of those places

Ilfracombe- machinery display went for miles

Isisford- river camping was lovely but very busy. Showers are available for a donation near the council offices. Old shop set up as a free museum.

Yowah- very cheap but basic caravan park with baths heated with the artesian water.

Hungerford- lovely old wooden Hotel worth stopping for a coffee to talk to the locals ( slabs of beer were cheap ) with a caravan park behind the local hall and a garden area that was lovely for a lunch stop

Mrs S
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 12:58

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 12:58
Qantas museum in Longreach
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:02

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:02
Hi Kirko,

I did a trip up to Winton from Brisbane and returned via Lark Quarry, Welford NP, Yowah, Currawinya, St George and back to Brissy. I Bloged it to give a bit more detail if you want a read for any ideas. It was most certainly off the well troden path for someone with a caravan in tow but not difficult by any stretch. Currawinya was a highlight of the trip in my opinion and well worth a stopover. The store keeper at Jundah put us onto a wonderful camp about 10km out of town to the north, it would be well worth asking him for directions to this "secret spot". It looked like we were the only people that had been there for years, yabbies in the river, wildlife coming to the river for drinks and absolute quiet (except for the kids fighting in my camp hehehe). Hard to sleep it was so quiet, very nice.

On your way up the Birdsville Track look for Clayton's Waterhole. There is a beaut camp there with a bore bath big enough for a dozen people. It is a real treat after many a dusty day. Farina at the southern end of the track is a must as well. We did not allow enough time to really soak in all the Farina area when we were there but that just gives me ammunition to go back one day hehehe.

Safe travels,
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