was established during the 1880’s and was the main stock route between Marree in South Australia
and Birdsville in Queensland
. Back then, the route had taken approximately a month to complete and because of the long and harsh environment, many cattle didn’t survive the trip. The track these days is passable with many conventional vehicles and many people like to undertake the journey to discover the route the old stockman used to take.
There are two routes which heads into Birdsville from the south and that is the Outside and the Inside track
. The Inside Track
saves considerable distance than the more commonly used Outside Track, however the route traverses through some treacherous soils of Goyder Lagoon and must be undertaken by 4WD at all times. The biggest threat is from the floodwaters of Goyder Lagoon and Cooper Creek -- if northern monsoonal rain is excessive, flooding from Queensland
's rivers will close the Inside Track
and the Birdsville Track
well into winter. Fortunately, this doesn't happen very often.
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