Brisbane to Uluru

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:05
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Hi All

We are leaving for the Rock on Saturday morning on a three week advetnure. Taking the northern route via Roma, Mt Isa, Tennant Creek etc and the southern one back. Looking to spend 5/6 days out there, 3-4 days at Uluru and then come back via the sotuhern route. Possible stop at the snow on the way back (depending on time).

We have a trailer fully kitted out so a combination of free camping, camping sites/campgrounds and maybe cabins for a night here and there.

Can anyone provide details on the road situtation through the northern route. Looking at some previous threads, I understand there are roadworks around Roma?? These still ongoing? Anything else we need to be mindful of?

Also if anyone has any last minute bits of advice and recommendations on camping places, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:28

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:28

You don't say what you tow with....

Have you considered going via the Plenty Highway Boulia - Alice Springs.

Fantastic scenery, would be shorter but don't hurry it is a place to see in its own right.Tobermorey now offers camping again. Camping at Jervois or free on the river just down the road.

Free campsite at the turnoff to Kings Canyon on the road to Ayers Rock.

If coming from Port Augusta towards the east there is a great camp at Hancocks Lookout at the top of the range at Horrocks Pass.

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Follow Up By: Aaron B - Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:46

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:46
Hey Allan

Towing with a hyundai Santa Fe so nothing rugged off road is suitable. The wife is originally from Mt Isa hence the trip through town!
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Reply By: Racey - Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:38

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:38
Hi Aaron,

Depending on how much of a hurry you are and the route you intended. Nth from Roma you will pass Carnarvon Gorge and it's worth a couple of days if you like walking. Just out from Emerald is Fairbairn Dam caravan Pk. Stayed there a couple times highly recommend. Nth of Emerald, slight detour to Clermont. Stay at Theresa Dam (camps 6 425), great place to chill out good amenities, no power generators allowed, $10 per night.
From Emerald West to Barcaldine camps 6 346 just Sth of the the town. Then onto the Longreach water hole (355)

If you head W from Roma, in Charleville you Bailey's Barn caravan pk . From there, either Nth to Barcaldine or Wst to Quilpie and Windora 388 on the Thompson River, good spot. Then you can go to Longreach via the back door. Good sealed roads when we were there 12 mths ago.

On to Winton (361), from here you can go direct to Mt Isa with a stop at Corella Dam (309). Or take a detour from Winton down to Boulia and the Min Min lights. We stayed at the old Hamilton Hotel (404). If you do go to Boulia a must see is the Min Min display at the Info centre and the s"stone house museum", then on to Isa.

Beyond Isa is Camooweal. There is a great camp spot on a billabong (315). Stayed there for a week and read a book. As you cross the first bridge towards NT, turn left and continue down the dirt road for 3-4 K's, it's a good road. Don't be tempted to turn down under the bridge.


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Reply By: quincy - Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 19:39

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 19:39
on your way over do a nite at barkley homestead (on the barkley) and devils marbles...its awesome , my kids loved it and especially the sunsets and sunrise. need to stay at kings creek staation (you wont want to leave) and while there do the rim walk its a good 6plus kms walk but worth it.quincy
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Reply By: jenorator - Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 20:22

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 20:22
Hi Aaron B,

I came from near Mitchell to the coast yesterday. There are still lots of road works east of Roma to Chinchilla. Took us the best part of 3 hours to cover the 180km between the two towns.

Perhaps a better way to travel may be to turn south at Miles and head for Meandarra to see the Anzac Museum and then on to Glenmorgan to look at the historical car garage there, before heading North to Roma.

This won't save you any time but it would be a nicer way to waste time than looking at another traffic controller every ten minutes. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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Reply By: Aaron B - Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 08:10

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 08:10
Thanks for all the tips on camping spots and road updates, some of thecamping places sound great so will be checking a few out.

Still more packing tonight then we are off tomorrow morning! Will post updates when I return!
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