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Submitted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 15:14
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hy guys has anybody in the last week or so taken a caravan around the milparinka, the corner,Innamincka, Birdsville and more to the point along the plenty to alice. heres my problem leaving from Melb on Wednesday. have the off road camper packed HOWEVER picked up the brand new van yesterday, (and boys and their toys) just wondering if i risk the new untried van or stick with the old camper. wont take much to change the packing.

Cheers Warren
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Reply By: Member - Ozzie Nomad (VIC) - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 23:46

Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 23:46
Hi Warren,
I was there this time last year and it was a bit wet. It doesn't take much rain to turn all those roads into brain damage for big vans. I wasn't towing anything and usually don't, but I have a lot of respect for guys like you that lug those things through the outback. I'll be passing that way myself in a couple of weeks on my way to the Kimberley. Might see around somewhere mate.

I'd be contacting Rosie at the general store at Innamincka. If the cooper has any flow you might not get past there. The road from Innamincka through Cordillo Downs to Birdsville has some serious washouts and is generally rough as guts at the best of times. Talk to the locals for the latest before you decide which to take mate.

Have a great time.

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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12:48

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12:48
Hi Warren,

Not sure on your van type so won't comment on if it is a good idea to take it or not.

Also not sure if you have checked Road conditions at this link but it seems Innaminka - Birdsville may be out of the question even without the van. As mentioned a phone call to the Trading Post up there may be well advised. Birdsville to Bedourie was also closed on the same road report so have a few "Plan B's" to ensure a good outcome wherever you decide to go.

Water may not be a problem for travelers out there this winter but fuel may be if huge detours are necessary so plan ahead for these "detours".

Cheers, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 19:03

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 19:03
thanks guys have decided to take the van, head up through Menendie to Milparinka and see what happens from there. think the cordillo downs road is still closed were more interested in the plenty hway but thats doable now i think. worse case change plans and head south to the flinders maybe it will rain and i'll have to divert and head north east and get back to work 2 weeks late Bugger.
Cheers warren
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Reply By: murrayman - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 20:15

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 20:15
hi warren. got into white cilffs today.while i came on the the black my original intentsion was to come via pooncarrie and menindie but its all closed through there. hopefully go home that way. cheers
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Reply By: Member - mick C (NSW) - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 21:59

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 21:59
.Sorry for delay . Got home last week,from Maree to Lynhurst to Innaminka camped on Cooper to Tibooburra via Episilon to Milparinka to Broken Hill [Menindee to Pooncarrie still closed ,even though computer says it is open ] then home to Oxley. Track okay for offroad van only a bit of dust .Track from Innaminka to Birdsville is via Arrabury and Betoota [Cordillo road too eroded and was closed last week]That country is enjoying its best season for many years and should be seen to be appreciated .Safe travelling
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