Outback Queensland Trip itinerary- feedback requested

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Hi everyone,

I'm hoping to hear from anyone who has visited Central Queensland/Channel Country about my trip itinerary and whether you think the timeframes are all okay. This trip is a holiday for my partner & I and an opportunity for both of us to see more of Queensland, being fairly recent border hoppers. I'm more at home in a National Park than a Caravan Park so this is taken into account too! We are equipped with a nicely decked out and maintained 80 Series and a toasty warm double swag (much prefer easy camping!).

Our proposed itinerary is:

Day 1. Brisbane - Charleville
Day 2. Charleville via Diamantina Developmental Road to Welford National Park
Day 3. Welford National Park
Day 4. Welford National Park via Winton-Jundah Road and Lark Quarry to Old Cork Station
Day 5. Old Cork Station via Tulmur, Kalkadoon and Winton to Bladensburg NP
Day 6. Bladensburg NP
Day 7. Bladensburg NP to Longreach
Day 8. Longreach to Blackall
Day 9. Blackall to Salvator Rosa NP
Day 10. Salvator Rosa NP
Day 11. Salvator Rosa NP to Carnarvon Gorge NP
Day 12. Carnarvon Gorge NP
Day 13. Carnarvon Gorge NP
Day 14. Carnarvon Gorge to Emerald/Rubyvale/Sapphire/Willows area (flexible)
Day 15. As per Day 14
Day 16. Emerald to Blackdown Tablelands NP
Day 17. Blackdown Tablelands NP via Biloeila to Brisbane

We are planning to stay in the NPs or free camps (eg Barcoo River camp) except at Carnarvon where we will stay at Takarakka.

Any feedback, notifications of my glaringly obvious stuff ups, advice, or anything else you wish to contribute is welcome!
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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 20:55

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 20:55
Hey that all looks good - I see no issues, after all its your trip and I hope you have a lot of fun doing it :-)

As long as you have not given your self a lot of long driving days you will get to see a few sights. We tend to drive through most towns without stopping, we like to see the out of the way places, towns are too busy, even in the bush :-)

Its a good idea to research each of your camp destinations and determine what you want to see when getting to and at that location. Once you have a list of must see, work out the time you need to do the sights. Sight time + driving time will determine if you can stick to your plans.


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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 19:27

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 19:27
I'm not really one for towns either to be honest- usually a quick stop in at the bakery/petrol station/etc does me okay and then it's onto the fun stuff!

I think we will be okay provided the roads have been graded and the weather is good. We are open to changing our plans along the way- need to be I think or it's just asking for trouble. We figure we can always go back to nice places again later on if we want to spend some more time there- I'm counting on around 35 years until I retire so time is on my side!
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 09:00

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 09:00
Lot of driving without actually 'seeing' anything , Lark Quarry takes time , Winton deserves time ,Longreach overnight is just a waste of time - the Stockmans Hall of Fame takes time as does the Quantas Museum ,,,,
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:24

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:24
Thanks for your feedback- A couple of questions-

- How many hours would you recommend for Lark Quarry? It seems they have tours three times a day and I can't imagine we would spend more than a few hours there?
- Other than Matilda Centre, what are the highlights of Winton? In the current itinerary we have probably half a day free, but the only thing I really thought worthwhile in the town itself was the museum... please enlighten me!
- I think two days in Longreach is sufficient for the two museums and some grocery shopping and laundry if necessary- do you think it's worthwhile spending more time there?

I don't think the distances are excessive at all, but people have different touring styles I guess. We are limited for time off of work so need to find the balance between seeing what we want to see and having enough days off to relax/go walking as well.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:51

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:51
Amy , each to their own and time frame , thing is out in the middle of Qld to really appreciate the areas time needs to be spent intereacting with some locals , You could shift the Matilda Centre to the Gold Coast and it would still be an attraction of note , but in Winton it has an atmosphere that cannot be replicated elsewhere , 2/3 hrs then a slow walk down the main street and into Searles emporium and then to Tattersalls pub for a soothing ale in the bar with the locals , dinner of the finest kind on the footpath , these things take time , same thing in Longreach , some people 'do' the hall of fame in 2 or so hrs , others spent 4/5 days and still wish for more time ; The Wellshot hotel at Illfracomb takes time , an hr or 2 just to see all the hats ,famous and not so famous adorning the walls and ceiling , history takes time ,,,, stop and smell the outback ,not just drive through it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 13:10

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 13:10
I would allow at least 2/3 hrs. at Lark Quarry
If time permits go to the end of the track in Bladnesburg to Scrammys Look Out, for the night, have a look where the creek flows over the drop off,
Lots of blue claws in the water holes.
Stop at the site of the shearers strike camp and then learn the rest of the history in Winton.
Understand the reason behind "Waltzing Matilda"
I have been to Winton 3 times now and still want to go back again.
Yeah you will have to buy a hat at Searles of course.
Illfracomb, that is another day gone.
Damn I will have to pass that way again.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:06

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:06
All good advice, thanks :)
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 18:44

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 18:44
I second the sentiments of Winton, It is a charming town full of character!



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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 19:20

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 19:20
Remember to attend at LEAST one Bush Poet evening in Long Reach or Winton. They work by donation at the end of their hour plus (more like 2 hours) of absolute great entertainment.
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:16

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:16
MobiCondo reminds me that I forgot to mention the poets. We were entertained at Winton Caravan Park by Milton Taylor. What an awesome talent. We were enthralled with his tales and yarns, from stories that moved us to near tears, to others that brought tears from laughter!

We bought his Duck Huntin' CD, and our two boys quickly adopted the language into their vocabulary. I could keep up with them for short amounts of time, but then it would do my head in and they'd lose me. Every now and then, we get our youngest to recite it for our entertainment...... always brings a laugh!

Definitely catch up with the bush poets!



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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:36

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:36
An example of Milton's work...... very clever!



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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:47

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:47
Glad you also enjoyed the works & presentations Brian.
We went to two of Miltons peresntations in Long Reach and three of Melanie Hall's presentation in Winton. Melanie had us in fits of laughter with such 'serious' stuff as why signle ladies are so trim. There was a 3rd poet in Barcladine which we missed due to ignorance.
I was NEVER a poet session fan until we heard these folks last year!
They are astute observers of human behavours and can take the mickey out of the best of us with a poem/story and then with the very next rendition have us in tears with the depth of emotions of our history & culture.
Will certainly attend more when we can!
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 20:22

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 20:22
You blokes have convinced me, I'll add a night of bush poetry to the itinerary. Looks like a good laugh!!!
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Reply By: carlsp - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 09:12

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 09:12
Day 6.

Was there 3 days ago. Do not lite a camp fire in the NP. The ranger will go crazy. Go and look at the homestead (ranger HQ) worth a look.

Just outside the park to the north (the U bit on the map) there are dams on the western side of the road. great camping spot there and it is not in the park.

10 kilometers south of Stonehenge is a fantastic camp site on top of the range. The rest area. Go right down the back. Views of the setting sun over the plains to the west.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:06

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:06
Great advice, thanks very much :)
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Reply By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:31

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:31
I've calculated the distances too, should have put them in the first post.

Lets try again...

Day 1. 738km
Day 2. 482km, should arrive afternoon
Day 3. No driving
Day 4. 340km, will catch 11am or 2pm Lark Quarry tour then it's 100km to overnight stop
Day 5. 163km- not planning to arrive in NP until evening, so day is free for Old Cork & Winton
Day 6. No driving
Day 7. 193km in AM, day in Longreach
Day 8. Longreach to early afternoon, drive to Blackall (213 km). Woolscour tour 6pm
Day 9. Day in Blackall, might go swimming if it's not too cold. Afternoon to Salvator Rosa (150km)
Day 10. No driving
Day 11. Morning in NP, drive to Carnarvon side afternoon (170 km)
Day 12. No driving
Day 13. No driving
Day 14. Drive to Emerald region AM (240 km)
Day 15. Day in area (50-100km, depends on what we do)
Day 16. AM travel to Bladensburg, rest of day in NP (119 km)
Day 17. Travel home (850 km)

Other than the drive West and drive back to Brisbane, we have an average of 117km/day- not excessive in my opinion.
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:19

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:19
G'day Amy
Luckily you guys are young and the 2 long days may well be manageable with nice early starts and late arrivals. Me I like to camp well before dark so I usually have a night in the scrub between here and Charleville. Just get too buggered otherwise.
Salvator Rosa (and all those outback places) get bloody cold so be prepared. Also not much there (SR) as I recall. Better off going to Mt Moffat - much better scenery there. All in close proximity.
Carnarvon Gorge - absolutely beautiful.
Blackdown T - nice.
Cheers from the Moose (TLCC)
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:55

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:55
Thanks Enzo,

We have been tossing up between Salvator Rosa and Mt Moffatt! It's too hard to decide sometimes- I wish we had another two weeks off of work and then we could go to all of the places that we want to, especially on the Diamantina side (and maybe another two weeks on top of that to visit the Simpson too). Our bosses might need some convincing!

The days are okay for us- as long as we have a couple in there with which we can rest we generally feel fine. It helps that setting up camp takes all of two minutes... trying to get Troy out of bed is another matter ;)

We might have a chat to you about it at the next meeting- see you in a couple of weeks time.
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:34

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:34
Moose, Mt Moffat is better but is also a very long detour from the itinerary. I am not so sure about the close proximitary bit. Maybe only if your a crow not if you are driving.

How long do you think a drive from Blackall to Mt Moffatt might take.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:58

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:58
Blackall to Moffatt will take a day from the looks of it, so we'd need to adjust the itinerary, but that's what this is all about- it's still in planning stages!
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 14:32

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 14:32
To be honest Amy, given you are spending a few days at Carnarvon I don't see the value in the extra day's drive to Mt Moffatt and the then longer trip to Carnarvon Gorge (unless there is a short cut open now)

I would invest that time at Blackdown Tableland.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 19:40

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 19:40
It may well happen yet- will have to consult the other half when he arrives home!

It's funny I haven't heard much feedback about Salvator Rosa- from the internet recce I did before making the itinerary, it was the place that was raved about as being better than Carnarvon. Perhaps not...
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Follow Up By: Carlin - Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 21:28

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 21:28
Carnovorn: very touristy, only hiking to see things
Mt moffat we spent 3 days there and no where near enough. great bush camping spots. Long to get into hence it not being as popular but HEAPS better! Do not stay at dargonelly head for moffat tops.
Salvator rosa niceish worth an overnight look watch for the ticks near the river bank our toddlers found all of them!
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:13

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:13
Agree Carlin, Carnarvon George is touristy and it really wouldn't matter if you went there and stayed at a five star resort or in a swag at the caravan park. The gorge is mostly enjoyed by day trips in and out. I would compare this with Uluru. Even when the NP camp ground was open (has it been re-opened at all?) is was still really only a place to stay. I have been to the van park, the resort and the camp ground and at the end of the day did not matter because the walks through the gorge were what made this a magical place to visit and I for one have been back six times. The "camping experience" is not really a large part unless you are planning the hike and overnite camp within the gorge which I have not done.

Mt Moffat on the other hand is a place you can immerse yourself in the environment and is very much the camping experience. Blackdown and Mt Moffat are similar in that respect.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 15:55

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 15:55
Hi Amy,

We did a similar trip but in reverse last Sept. read about it here.

Distances seem fine to me but I drive for a living and the long stretches are just like pooping in bed and kicking it out.

Winton was a highlight for me, Waltzing Matilda Centre a must, but there is quite a bit of other things to see and do there as well. For us, 4 days was not long enough. Each to their own though.

Jundah store owner put us onto a beaut camp about 10-15k's out of town that would be well worth asking him how to get there again, it is his "secret spot" right on the Thompson Rv. I gaurantee you will be on your own, when we were there it looked like we had been the first to see the place in 12 months.....quiet and spectacular wildlife to the waterhole/river. Jundah to Winton including Lark Quarry was a big day but we were towing the van so maybe took a little longer than solo vehicle but not much.

I think you may be a tad ambitious with the run back to Brissy from Blackdown Tablelands and may need an extra night somewhere in between???

Travel safe and don't forget to let us all know how great the trip was when you get back.
Regards, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 18:35

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 18:35
Thanks Trevor, I'll check out your blog. I didn't realise how popular Winton was- the Places entry on this site really does not do it justice from the sound of things!

You might be right about the way home, though we often put in a 900 km day when doing the Brisbane-Adelaide trek- it's actually not too bad if you're feeling well, but for safety's sake I wouldn't be against a stopover on the way home if either of us is a bit sleepy. Straight back to work the next day- no rest for the wicked! :)
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Reply By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 18:54

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 18:54
The long days driving is a personal thing isn't it? There was a time when we drove long hours to "make-a-mile" but not so anymore, and definitely not out there! After sundown the 'Roo's are lined up like soldiers on the side of the road at times and are totally unpredictable in which way they bounce!
So we try to be set up before 4pm (Happy Hour) and worry about tomorrow tomorrow!
Winton is a popular spot, again a personal thing but we found the Stockman's Hall Of Fame not as charismatic as the Matilda Centre in Winton, although we had visited the Matilda on a Sunday, then the Stockmans the next day in the afternoon, after all morning at the QANTAS Founders Museum. We may have been "museumed out! Lark Quarry is either captivating, or, if you're not into Dinosaurs and very ancient history, boring. We found it captivating standing there visualizing the stampeding dinosaurs as they tried to flee the predator! And the countryside is amazing!

Anyways, enough of my rambling,have a great holiday and don't forget to tell us all about it when you get back!



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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 22:11

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 22:11
G'day Brian,

We're both scientists and definitely into rocks and dinosaurs- I am really looking forward to that part of the trip! I really can't just wait to see the country, the landscapes, the vegetation and the rock formations- that gets me much more enthused than going to towns.

Good advice on the roos- like you, I'm not into driving at night. We're not leaving for another couple of months (end July) but will definitely report back on our return to regular life!
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:26

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 07:26
"Member - Amy G (QLD) posted:

Oh, you will love it out there then. I can't explain it, but there is a charm about the outback that people either "get" or don't "get". I don't believe it is something that is.... um... "quantifiable" (I may have made that word up... LOL)
Standing at Lark Quarry and listening to the ranger explaining what it all means, I could see, hear and almost smell the dinosaurs. Magical! But outside there is a short walk up to a viewing platform of the surrounding area and I could not stop looking at it. (The view, not the platform!) I found it mesmerizing!

Winton is a place that is in the top 3 of our "Places-To-See-Again" list!



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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 19:36

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 19:36
We may have similar blood Brian, I felt very similar to how you describe it at Lark Quarry. As you say Winton is a top spot with heaps of dinosaur heritage and plenty of "must sees". I am one of those people that do "get it" when it comes to how people feel when they talk of their love of the outback. Even starting to drag my work comittments further west with each opportunity. The pay may not be as good but the rewards of wide open space helps ease that a little for me.

Amy, the last day of 850km is not a problem in distance but the time it will take to get down off the tablelands will really add to the hours needed to drive these k's. Only 2 days on our Winton trip saw us driving at night but both these days had been planned like that and it is something I am very used to doing (hence the 6 spotlights on my rig). Even so, I come very close to knocking a big eastern grey into the next life on night one of our trip.....it would have changed the rest of the trip for us had I hit it that's for sure. The roos are big and plentiful out that way, we saw plenty during daylight hours at Welford NP and the run sth from Winton to Jundah and I expect you will too.

I hope you enjoy wherever you end up.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:20

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:20
Well now , if your both right into dinosaurs your 'missing' some of the best dinosaur country with your trip plans ,
Boulia has an amazing display at their museum and its looked after by a bloke that goes by the nickname 'dinosaur dick' ,real name Richard Soutar ,an amazing bloke.
Winton and lark quarry.
Muttaburra for the muttabasauras langdoni , Doug Langdon the finder of the dinosaur still lives in Muttaburra and loves to tell a tale or 3.
Hughenden and Richmond with its Kronnosauras display and fossil fosicking area ,, all have more dinosaur stuff than the Qld Museum.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 13:37

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 13:37
Thanks, we have looked into them but it's just too far for the amount of time we have off of work- we'll do another trip sometime in coming years, hopefully with a couple more weeks- we've looked at doing a combined Simpson/Channel Country loop for one trip, and are contemplating returning from NT via Mt Isa way on another. The main objective of this trip was to see Carnarvon (as you can see from the amount of time there), and Troy wanted to take me to Gemfest, but I was itching for some red dirt so we've added the jaunt west... we really need more time, more money and more leave to do it properly, so we'll put it aside for a couple of years until we're in a better position to spend more time on the road!
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Reply By: Spade Newsom - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 14:49

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 14:49
Amy here are a couple of opinions for you to consider.

Be very mindful of driving very early and evening. Roos are not too bad currently but will get worse as winter progresses. The development roads will also have some roos during the day. Most of the highways are pretty clear during the day.

Wallabies generally won't jump out in front of you whereas kangaroos will. It helps a lot if you can tell the difference at 100kph in low light. If you don't have a good set of driving lights get some.

Consider spending more time at Blackdown Tableland. Either forget Salvatore Rosa or maybe bypass the Blackall sleep over. But give it a whole day. It is a bit of a drive up the escarpment so enjoy it for a bit longer.

Take a spare pair of walking shoes each. There are no shoe shops at Carnarvon Gorge.

Make a point of watching the sun rise at Carnarvon Gorge look out. The name of it the hill escapes me. Speak to the people at the park so you know how long the hike will be and what time to leave so you don't miss the actual sun rise. It can be a bit challenging in the dark and you don't want to have to rush because you left 5 mins late. Take a picnic breakfast - very romantic.

Keep in mind drives that have you driving into the sun. This can be very exhausting. Try leave Bris in the early hours so you get to Charleville by say 3pm on day one. There are few mountains and few clouds to assisst in this area.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 20:07

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 20:07
Excellent, thanks for your suggestions.

Everyone keeps telling me about the Roos out that way- are they that much more numerous than the rest of the country? I reckon saw more Roos in Deep Creek NP than I have in numerous drives from Adelaide to Brisbane on various routes. Troy has hit one before in the work Hilux but they drive into the night. Stupid IMO...

The Carnarvon sunrise sounds quite amazing- will definitely bring that up as an option. I like the idea of spending more time at Blackdown too. Troy's home on Monday to have a look at the itinerary and offer his suggestions- some crazy things a woman gets up to when the man leaves the house!!
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:11

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:11
The simple answer to your question is YES. Ignore the warnings about wildlife strike at your risk.

The further you go west the wildlife not only get more numerous they get bigger. Most of the marsupials towards the East of Qld are wallabies. Wallabies are generally smaller, they are usually solitary, they hop with a low profile and rarely jump out in front of you (they usually hop the other way). Kangaroos on the other hand are very unpredicatable. They can be very large, hop with a high bound, gather in numbers and tend to be quite suicidal and sometimes commit mass suicide.
If you can tell the difference between roos and wallabies at 90 kph at night will be very helpful. Another thing about roos is if you see a mob on both sides of the road they all tend to take off in the same direction hence crossing your path or simply hopping straight into your side.

If you try to compare driving on outback byways and highways to the well used highways of NSW, Vic and SA there is no comparison.

I have just completed a return journey from Bris to Quilpie over a thousand kms each way. I have done this journey maybe 100 times over the last 10 years. Driving at night there are few worries between Bris and Roma sit on 110 kph fine if you have a roo bar. From Roma onward you need to start slowing down. Doing 90kph I hit the skids three times to Charleville which is a very good trip and may have only seen 20 roos and wallabies. Between Charleville and Quilpie slowed to 80kph and breaked numerous times. I expect this trip to get worse through as winter progresses.

Remember the Warrego is a well used highway. Head north from Charleville or Roma and night driving is all care required. During the day the main highways are fine but make sure you slow for wedge tail eagles, hawkes, emus and young cattle that are very close to the road. Goats and pigs will generally run the other way. You will see wildlife on and near the road during the day on bush tracks. If the road is lined by scrub you really have to slow down.

The worst I have been through was a trip from Tambo to Cunnamulla. Left Tambo in the afternoon and got to Augathella at dusk. The drive from Augathella to Charleville took over two hours. There were more roos than guide posts. Stayed at Charleville and kept going to Cunnammulla at dawn. Sitting on abou 60kph I started counting in mobs of ten and soon got up to 500 and gave up.

I have heard lots of strategies from sitting on 150kph (I tried this strategy only one), turn your lights off, tailgating a truck. The only thing that works is drive slowly enough and keep a close eye out so when you have to break you can avoid.

Good luck
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 18:43

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 18:43
Thanks again- we will do our best to avoid night driving (night time is really not my forte and I try not to drive in the dark, + no driving lights) and from the sounds of it, dawn as well. Both dusk and dawn are fine times to be eating breakfast or having beer o clock, hopefully the right way around :)

The other half is home now so I'll show him this thread. It has been a fantastic way to get some feedback and ideas- we really appreciate everyone's input!
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Reply By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 15:40

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 15:40
G'day Amy, we guess Troy is in the background somewhere. Make sure if anyone takes you to Gemfest that their credit card is worthy of a hundred or two (thousand) as there are some decent rocks there.

We loved Lark Quarry and the portrayal of the stampede.Longreach is easy in comparison once you have been there once.

We went to the Blackdown Tableland NP and had a very cold night there a few years ago. Watch out for the birds that don't want to share you breakfast. They want it all if you turn your back for a few seconds. Toast removed from the toaster while my back was turned.

Plenty good spots anyway ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 20:22

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 20:22
G'day John!

A big hello to you and Heather- how is your year going? Dad tells me you are off on an adventure soon- hope your trip is fantastic!

Yes, Troy is away in whoop whoop again. He is back on Monday for the week so I'm sure we will do further trip planning then. I'm hoping he's been saving for Gemfest... nudge nudge. He's been planning on taking me there for the last year so I might own some diamonds by the time I return from this trip, we will see what happens! I hope I didn't just get myself into too much trouble ;) Hi Troy!

That's a bit rough about the toast and also the weather. I'm expecting the trip to be very cold at night (hopefully no worse than the Flinders Ranges at the same time of year). We are actually off to Sundown NP near Stanthorpe next weekend and I just saw on the news that it's been -3 overnight- yuck! Where is my camp fire?!
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Follow Up By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 21:54

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 21:54
G'day again, I was talkin with yur Dad on Skype this arvo but I think the video overloaded the bandwidth on us. Have plenty for sound but I think mobiles must tax Next G broadband locally during the day and evening.

You will have to just detour to Argyle from Gemfest for the diamonds I think, but they have some nice coloured ones that can make a trip worthwhile, even from Queensland. I was surprised to see rings priced at just under $200k at Gemfest though, I did wonder what discount Troy may achieve on that ;-))

The year here is nice with above average rain for most of the months so far. Hope that doesn't change and it moves inland so I can get back to my old sport of white water kayaking. Probably our best autumn since 1973 which was similar for us.

I see you have met with friend Enzo too, please pass him our regards when you see him next. There could be a vet student position for his l'il gal locally when she is to that stage and showing interest in large animals. Be a year or two yet I imagine. Hope the Moose family would come down and visit this way then. Met them at Cooper Creek, Victoria.
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Reply By: Carlin - Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 21:32

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 21:32
lark quarry very interesting stay at old cork, if noisy caravans with generators are at station, great spot near bridge try and find wheel tracks and head north on eastern side camp spot right down in river bank. Mind water level is probably up since we were there last year. great drive into salvator, get off bitumen and follow small roads in, going through properties, lovely views! way too long in carnavorn!!! very touristy and not very nice camping. emerald stay at dam. biloela go to kroombit tops see betsy may then 4wd to cania then home from there.... from locals.
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 19:02

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 19:02
Thanks Carlin- we have a few hours of thinking to do!!
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