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leaving Sydney 12th Oct via Mt Hope to Mungo. Then Wentworth and up the Darling through Bourke to the bore baths at Burren Junction Back toSydney via Bathurst and home over the mountains. Back on 22nd Oct . 10 days. 2700km. Some camping some pubbing.Two men one Landcruiser. First nights camp at Ben Halls cave west of Grenfell in the Weddin mountains. The route is planned but not the itinerary. Its easy going. Anyone with the time and the inclination could join us in their own vehicle if they are looking for somewhere to go and want to get their tyres dirty. Organise to meet at Ben Halls cave campground on the friday evening.
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 21:53

Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 21:53
Hey sounds like we will be at some of the same places, but I am leaving this Sat, back on 21st.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:23

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 06:23
Looks like a good time to do the trip. Almost all roads are open. Showers through some of the western NSW area around the end of the week but you don't get dirty tyres on dry roads,do you. Have fun. You have organised good variety into your plan.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:47

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 07:47
The hot baths at Pilliga is worth a rest stop. Very little shade in the camping area, but a roof over the pool.

Nindigully Pub just in Qld is worth a stop as well.
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 22:26

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 22:26
Hi Edward,
Will be on the same track at the same time but heading in the opposite direction.
If you see a white Pajero towing an A'van Cruisliner with Exploroz spare wheel cover, give us a shout!!
Dave and Hazel
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Follow Up By: edward d - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 11:46

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 11:46
Thank you for the replies. It looks like the only water problem might be the east track north out of Menindee. But the west is okay. Will probably stick to the lesser used west track all the way to Bourke. Time restrictions will dictate the route back from Burren Junction but Pilliga is definitely on my map ! Thanks Tony ! Will keep a lookout for a white Pajero carrying a Dave and Hazel but my old grey 'Cruiser don't stand out much. Do many people use the U H F to chat or make contact ? Discuss camps and so on ?
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Reply By: Member - Dicko1979 - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 12:12

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 12:12
If you have an iphone/ipad/android phone check out wiki camps
We used it the whole trip along the Darling the last 2 weeks.
Pooncarie camp was good right on the banks. The road from there to Menindee was in very good condition
We travelled the west road up from Wilcannia - Tilpa pub worth a stop, we stayed Tilpa and Louth. Didn't stop at Louth pub, but looks renovated, and free camping over the bridge maybe.
Bourke, we stayed in the town caravan park as we have a dog with us, but there is free camping in Bourke North and another Caravan Park which is meant to be very nice.
4 mile Camp ground at Brewarrina was good also.
We didn't pass too many people along the trip.
Any other info you want let me know.
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Follow Up By: edward d - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:50

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:50
H i Dicko. Thanks for that reply. Good info ! The more info the more choices the better the trip. Have the car packed already.
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Reply By: sweetwill - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 16:23

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 16:23
Hello Edward.
It sounds like a good 10 days, If all goes well my end I would like to tag along, my hilux is well set up,If there is any change in your plans post it on here I will be leaving Wollongong on the Friday morning Looking forward to the trip. cheers Billy.
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Follow Up By: edward d - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:06

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:06
Hello Billy
Good show ! ! I'll be looking for a Hi Lux at the camp grounds. I'll try to arrive well before dark. Bring yourself some firewood cause theres never any there and the surrounding bush has been stripped. You'll pick me for a grey 'Cruiser with a heavy duty roof rack. Hope to see you there.
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Reply By: getmethehelloutahere - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:52

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:52
great camping about 40 km west of wilcannia on the river(pardoo-darling np), 100km east of bourke is trilby station which is a fantastic sheep station with isolated sites on the river and billabong.Roads were all in great condition 2 weeks ago.
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