Looking for advise Re Strzelecki track

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 00:59
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Hi all, I am after some advise on a trip I am planning in early July.
We are planning to head to Marree then out to the Cooper creek crossing for a look then back to Lyndhurst and up the Strzelecki to Merty Merty. Then over to Camerons Corner. Across to Tibooburra and back home via Broken Hill and Mildura. All in 6 - 7 Days

We (myself, wife and 5 children) will be traveling in a Nissan Patrol with a Windsor windup campervan with good ground clearance and independent suspension.

What I need to know is,

Will I get a van up the Strzelecki over to Camerons corner and into Tibooburra?
What will the tracks be like ie graded road, two wheel track, Sand dunes?

From what I have read there are a few sand dunes to cross and some creek crossing along the Strzelecki but I cant find info about towing a Van along these tracks.

Cheers Matt
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 07:39

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 07:39
Matt,

If the tracks haven't been affected by rain, you should have no problem towing your campervan on them.

Both the Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks are good dirt/rubble based roads and graded at times as necessary to keep in good repair.
Following rain however, there may be washouts and boggy patches of varying degrees, but basically if the roads are declared open, they are OK to drive on.
There are no sand dune sections on any of the tracks. A couple of minor sandy sections on the Merty Merty to Cameron Corner Track but nothing worth worrying about.

If your campervan is of the off road style, it wont get shaken to bits.

Just keep your eye on the Road Conditions reports under the Articles heading at the top of page.

Enjoy your trip.


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Follow Up By: Malleerv - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:04

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:04
Thanks Bill, Will be keeping an eye on the track closures and weather as the departure time gets closer.

Do you know if there is a track from the Birdsville track over to the Strzelecki? or is heading back to Lyndhurst the best option.

Cheers Matt
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Follow Up By: Skippype - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:30

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:30
If the track you are talking about from Birdsville track to the Strez track is the one that goes via Walkers Crossing forget it. Walkers Crossing will not be open for a while yet.
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Follow Up By: Malleerv - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 23:29

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 23:29
Skipypype, I was looking for a crossing south of cooper creek across to the strzelecki track. I realize the track through the cooper basin would be closed and will not be heading that far north anyway.

Cheers for your response, Matt
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 07:59

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 07:59
Hi Matt
We met a chap at Copley only last Thursday night who had just come through from Tibooburra to Copley in one stint, well over 600 kilometres and said that the track was in first class condition and smooth as.

They went from Tibooburra, Cameron Corner, down the Strezelecki and out at Lyndhurst and then down to Copley. He was not a mad young driver, but a mature man into his 70's, so that will give you some indication on what the track was like.


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Follow Up By: Malleerv - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:13

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:13
Thanks Stephen. Thats good news. We wont be traveling that fast. I want to enjoy the time out there as you never no when you might get back.

I see you have been up to the cooper creek crossing. Is there places to camp along side the cooper on the Marree side?

Cheers matt
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:34

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:34
Hi Matt
Yes our first nights camp out on the Cooper was in fact on the southern side (Marree side). When you get to the ferry detour sigh, keep going on the graded Birdsville Track. You will only be able to go as far as the M V Tom Brennan Memorial. From there you can drive right down to the waters edge.

We camped about 1 kilometre to the east of here on high ground in the trees. There is lots of timber for a good camp fire and easy to drive in. It is mostly small gibber, but very easy to make your way to a good camp site.

From our camp we could see many vehicles coming in to see the water from this side of the Birdsville Track.

Just past Etadunna Station, you will come to the ferry and detour sign. Drive straight through and it is about 20 odd kilometres to the actual crossing. You van will be able to get through, as there is a Highways camp near the Brennan site and 2 graders head out from there every day.

Have a great time and make sure that you see the flooded Cooper.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:38

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 08:38
Hi Matt
Another important thing I should have also mentioned is keep you fuel supplies low providing you are diesel, as the cheapest fuel anywhere in the area is at The Lyndhurst Hotel, where diesel is only $1.42 per litre compared to $1.77 at Marree.

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Follow Up By: Malleerv - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 23:35

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 23:35
Thanks again Stephen.
Yep have a diesel Patrol. $1.42 is quite reasonable considering we pay between $1.30 and $1.45 here and we are only 160km from Adelaide.

Did you fish while you camped on the cooper?

Cheers Matt
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 07:27

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 07:27
Hi Matt
When we purchased, these were the following prices for Diesel fuel


Clare $1.29

Hawker $1.40

Leigh Creek $1.50

Marree $1.77 (We never actually purchased, but that was the Price)

Lyndhurst $1.42

We did not go fishing, but were told that there are lots of fish, but they are all very small.


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Reply By: Ian & Chris - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:16
Many thanks to both Stephen & Bill for their detailed replies, thanks Matt for the enquiry.

We are to do a similar trip early August, up to look at the Flinders, then to have a look at the water and over to Camerons Corner via Merty Merty.

Your info is appreciated.

Ian.
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I'm aware road conditions can change quicly at times and will make local enquiries at the time.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff C (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 16:38

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 16:38
Hi Matt
We were up at Lake Eyre North ( Level Post Bay Track) early May. Two vehicles had camper trailers & one with small caravan expandain the party. Came back via Maree & Lyndhurst before heading up Strez.track on 8th May.The road was a dream as the Strez creek X-ing had just been re-opened. Great camp at Montecollina bore (good swimming). Turned off at Merty Merty for Tibooburra. This track was a lovely drive, lush green pasture with water holes full. Unless there has been serious rain since our trip you will have nothing to worry about.
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