Birdsville Track in mid December or late Feb

Submitted: Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 09:54
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It is wise to do the Birdsville track during these times. We have a 78 series troopy camper and quite a bit of off road experience incl self recovery but this will be our first outback trip (if we do it) We will be by ourselves and know the story on water, EPIRB's, fuel, no walking in the heat, etc.

Is this track well, travelled at this time of year? Are the temperatures too high at this time of year?

If we do it, what are the highlights of the trip. We will be travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne or the reverse. We are not going to be stupid and go whatever the risks as we are crossing the Simpson mid next year with a group of 9 other vehicles so our first desert experience is not far away if we miss this one.

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 10:52

Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 10:52

The Birdsville Track is a dirt road and passable by 2wd vehicles.

December to April you will experience EXTREME heat with daily temperatures in the mid 40's and ground temperatures up to 80 degrees. It is NOT a wise move to drive this country during that time. There may be fewer travellers around than expected and on the whole, once you are out of the airconditioned comfort of your vehicle, discomfort will be the by-word in the open air...not to mention the flies......
Please check the archives on heat and temperatures on this site. Better to visit areas closer to the east coast if you are doing a Bris/Melb run. Summer rains may also make the track impassable.

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Reply By: stevesub - Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 11:29

Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 11:29
Thanks for that and really confiemed by suspicions so we will not be doing the track this time. I have been in temps of the high 40's and it is not pleasant so maybe some tracks/roads to the east. We will have about 10 days each way for the Bris-Mlb run so any suggestions??

Not too hard as we are on our own and are allergic to self recovery (especailly in summer) but can do it if need be.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 11:50

Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 11:50
You could do the run via St George,Dirranbandi, Hebel, Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Coonable (from there go out to the Macquarie Marshes), Gilgandra, Dubbo and then take the Newell Highway south. You don't have to stick to the bitumen either. On the way back you could go via Coonabarabran and Siding Springs observatory, Moree, Goondiwindi etc.
There are lots of places and things to see including hot springs at Moree and bush camp out from Goondiwindi to Mungindi by a lake(can't remember the name). Get a Hema Road atlas which is pretty good.

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Reply By: duncs - Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 14:42

Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 14:42

I live in Broken Hill and am heading to the coast for Jan, guess why?

I went out onto the Strezlecki for hte solar eclipse Dec 4 last year and it was not pleasant. Glad the eclipse was good.

Willem is on the money there is haps to see inthe mid west of NSW but it will still be hot. And if it rains all the unsealed roads certainly in NSW will close veryy quickly. What willem has suggested would give you a good look around. A couple of the lesser known National Parks that are worth a visit are Coccopara, near Griffith. Haven't stopped there but it looked nice on a drive through and I here there is nice camping in the park. THe other is Mt Kaputar near Narrabri where there is camping available at Mt Kaputar itself and there may be some available in the northern end of the park, near Waa Gorge. A phone call to the NP office in Narrabri wold give you good info.

Birdsville is a highway and while it is remote it's no longer all that exciting.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:26

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:26
Hi duncs,

Next time you are in Peterborough give us a bell and drop in for a cuppa.
I am in the phonebook..... Kempen.W


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Reply By: Tony - Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 14:46

Monday, Nov 10, 2003 at 14:46
Another good road and very interesting is down through Beaudesert cross the boader at the old tick gate then Koygle, Casino, due south to Grafton up to Armidale
via Ebor, around the back of Sydney to Lithgow, south to Golburn through Canberra, Cooma, Jindabyne,Omeo via Corryong, across the high plains through Bright, Mansfield then down to Melbourne via the Maroondah Hwy.

Great trip might do it myself again.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:23

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:23
That railwayline switchback in NSW just past the tick gate is something else again. The train has to do a figure 8 yo break its speed or to do the climb.

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Reply By: Brian - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 07:45

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 07:45
While driving from Beaudesert through to Kyogle... take a run up through Border Ranges Nat Park, wander out to the Pinnacles lookout for some awesome scenery, and have a lunchbreak at Blackbutts Lookout where you can park your truck right at the lookout and theres seats so you can sit, eat and admire the view!
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