birdsville to innamincka

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 19:35
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can anyone tell me if they have towed a van from birdsville to innamincka via haddon corner ,what is the road like,i have heard that it may be a little rough. not sure which way i will go either the cordillo downs rd or maybe via the burke and wills dig tree(prefered).
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Reply By: Will 76 Series - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 20:16

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 20:16
Dean,
We have travelled from Birdsville to Innamincka via Cordillo Downs and towed a camper trailer. The road from Arrabury to Inamincka is a very good dirt road but also dependent on rain. It was 12 months ago since we did it, but I think if the road is not closed due to rain there would be no problems travelling from Haddon Corner to Innamincka. When you get to Innamincka take the time to travel NW to Coongie Lake and stay overnight. There is a great camping area on the Cooper at Innamincka and amazing birdlife.
Have fun.
Regards Will
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Follow Up By: dean r2 - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 21:27

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 21:27
thanks Will ,also hoping to catch some nice yellow belly at innaminicka too
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 22:39

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 22:39
I take it we can get into Coongie Lakes again now. Is one place I want to go back to, hopefully this year if the road/track is open.

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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 20:18

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 20:18
Sure do. Cordillois rough till you get say 40ks out Inna. I wouldnt take ours past the Arrabury turn off toward Cordillo Stn. The track from there is rough. The road out of Inna is corrigated over the hill. There were plenty of vans at the dig tree when we were there last. The drive in is rough but just take it slow. Up the Arrabury rd is like a hwy. Road trains some times 4 trailers. The track to Haddons is good until you hit the sand dune. Depending on your setup may be a good idea to unhook plenty of room.
Hope this helps
Sharon
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 21:08

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 21:08
My blog has some photos of Cordillo Rd. The blog isnt finished bit lazy.
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Follow Up By: dean r2 - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 21:29

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 21:29
very helpful Cheers, sound like it should be ok
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Follow Up By: Member - Lachy T - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 19:04

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 19:04
We did Cordillo in 2007 and it was rough, but we got through (Stock standard 1997 prado). Did it last July (50mm lift rodeo, but has long range tank hanging down) just after all the floods had dropped and it was like a highway, must've been recently graded, I even let the misses drive if that gives you any indication. :)

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 06:49

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 06:49
dean r2

We towed aour Camper Trailer up that way last year
Road was not too bad. Interesting in places, but not too bad.
A good set of tyres on your van would help, not just roadworthy ones, but 4x4 tyres with a LT sidewall rating.

Can be very stony in patches, and just a little rough, so let your tyres down to just about 20-22psi, slow down to 60 km/hr, and you will do it easy.

If it is wet do not even try.
Cheers
Bucky

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 06:52

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 06:52
Forgot to add that when you get to the sand dune ( only 1 ) it may pay to unhook or just park it up and walk in the last 500 mt - 1 km to the corner

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Follow Up By: dean r2 - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 11:58

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 11:58
thanks for the advice
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Reply By: jdbb - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 15:59

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 15:59
Gday Dean

We went from Innaminka to Birdsville in October last year. Our van is a 21'6" Regent Brentwood which weighs in at 3.2t when we're loaded up.

The roads out there at that time were the best dirt roads I've driven on. Just make sure you drop the tyre pressures - 28psi alll round was good for us - and if you're driving a wagon with a rear window take something to protect it from stones bouncing back off the van. I carry a bit of 3mm corflute which gets taped on whenever we hit the dirt.

We were going to camp at the Police Paddocks at Innaminka and had a Desert Pass but ended up on the town common and paid the fee. It's a nice big area close to town. Our intention was to go up through Cordillo Downs but was advised not to as it was too rough.

The area at the Dig Tree looked pretty good for a place to stay - maybe next time.

Then we thought we might camp at Haddon Corner but you can't get a big van out there. There are two dunes near the corner - we got the van to the top of the first one but decided to back it back down, unhook and then drive out to the corner. It wasn't worth the risk of getting stuck - not much out there to winch off.

We stopped at Deon's lookout - fantastic views up there - and great photos at sunrise and sunset. The only negative was the rats - once the sun went down they came out but we just put the feet up and they didn't bother us too much. I made sure to open up the bonnet to get the heat out of the engine as I'd read somewhere that rats like the warmth and have been known to eat up the hoses and wires. If the rats weren't there I probably would have stayed a few nights.

John



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Follow Up By: dean r2 - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 16:44

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 16:44
sound like i shouldnt have any problems thanks for your help
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Reply By: Off-track - Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 22:59

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 at 22:59
Question along the same lines for those in the know: how likely is this area (including Birdsville / Strzelecki Tracks) to be open for around Easter?
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Follow Up By: john j1 - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 19:47

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 19:47
I'm looking at same time frame
Based on the yacht Club and the SA dept of roads lots of water heading down, some roads closed already
Whether it's Bville and Strez or Oodnadatta it's gunna be a marvellous adventure
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