Outback trip

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 15:22
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We are planning to go August/Sept, the flinders ranges up to Birdsville via Innaminka and then down the Birdsville track around Lake Eyre on the Oodnadatta Track, and on up to Alice Springs and across to Boulia via the Plenty Highway.

Would appreciate any info on road conditions and good camp sites. Will be towing a camper trailer.

Laurie and Sue

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Reply By: happytravelers - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 20:41

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 20:41
Hi Laurie

Just got back from a similar trip two days ago, Cameron corner, Innaminka, Birdsville, Marree, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, back to Marree, Finders ranges, Broken Hill, Darling river run to Bourke, Lightning Ridge and home to Sunshine coast.

All roads found to be good and reasonably well graded although that may change in a month or two's time as a lot of people are now heading to these regions. Camping spots- Wilpena Pound resort in the Flinders was great, Innaminka, camp along the Cooper Creek, fantastic bird life and nice camping spots, you'll need to buy the passes from the Innaminka trading post first though. The best place to see Lake Eyre if you're not taking a flight is the Lake Eyre South viewing area about 100kms west of Marree, here you can walk to the waters edge, the track to the lake from William creek is very long and rough and you're still a long way from the water. Oodnatta track is seeing a lot of traffic and is rough in sections.

Enjoy your trip

Jon
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 10:14

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 10:14
Thanks Jon.

Would still like to hear from anyone who has travelled the Plenty Highway.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - happytruck - Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 10:36

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 10:36
Laurie,

We will be going the other way from you but have found out the Warburton Creek crossing of the Birdsville Track wont open in 2011. Contact S.A.Parks

Stephen
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Reply By: Greg & Dianne - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 19:19

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 19:19
Hi there We just got back from a very similiar trip. There were 3 vehicles in our group 2 with off road camper trailers and the other vehicle towed and off road caravan. The plenty road rough and corrugated for approximatly 100km west of Jervois Homestead. After Jervois and past the Qld border were OK. If you take care and drive to the conditions you will be OK. Some areas have had a grader over them. Jervois Homestead is good and cheap. Another place we camped was on the Georgina River west of Boulia some good camp sites on the eastern side of the bridge.
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Reply By: Greg & Dianne - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 19:25

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 19:25
Hi there We just got back from a very similiar trip. There were 3 vehicles in our group 2 with off road camper trailers and the other vehicle towed and off road caravan. The plenty road rough and corrugated for approximatly 100km west of Jervois Homestead. After Jervois and past the Qld border were OK. If you take care and drive to the conditions you will be OK. Some areas have had a grader over them. Jervois Homestead is good and cheap. Another place we camped was on the Georgina River west of Boulia some good camp sites on the eastern side of the bridge. If you are going to go south from Boulia there is another good camp site on the Georgina River just near Marion Downs station. We cought a few red claw there. We found the Birdsville Track and the Oonadatta track quite good but bear in mind you will be travelling a lot later in the season. Just a hint take your time to indulge in the history of the Oonadatta track.Coward Springs are a definate must as a camp site. Happy travelling Greg & Di
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 20:40

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 20:40
Thanks Greg and Dianne.

We will definitely be traveling to the conditions as time is not that important.

Cheers. Laurie and Sue

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