Longreach to Innamincka

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesLongreach
FinishInnamincka
DifficultyDifficulty 4/5
Suitable for4WD AWD Camper Bike 
Distance859.81 km
Minimum Days3
Average Speed63.28 km/hr
Driving Time13 hrs 35 mins
Page Updated: 12 Aug 2011

Description

This trek note starts at the old and established town of Longreach which lies on the Route 66 Landsborough Highway. It is home of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Outback Museum. From Longreach, you will travel on some bitumen before hitting the gravel of the Longreach Jundah road through Stonehenge, Jundah and Windorah. From Windorah the red sands ridges and gibber plains dominate the scenery as the trek turns west then south down the Planet Downs – Arrabury road and then the Nappa Merrie road to Cooper Creek and the historic town of Innamincka.

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Environment

Around Longreach the terrain is predominantly Mitchell grass plains punctuated by stony ranges and mesas known locally as jump-up country. This changes to sand ridges and gibber plains from Windorah to Innamincka.

During the summer months the temperatures may reach 45 to 50 degrees C. Travel in the region between October and March is not recommended due to high temperatures and possible flooding.

History

Longreach
The town of Longreach was settled in the 1870s and is now the largest town in the region. The old town from its humble beginnings in the 1870s as a stock route junction on the 'long reach' of the Thomson River is now fully serviced by road, rail and air.
According to history, Longreach is famous for its role with Qantas having the original hangar that housed Australia’s first six aircraft were built between 1922 and 1934. This airline which began life in Queensland's Outback, subsequently grew into our first international carrier. Longreach also has the Australian Stockman’s Hall Of Fame, which is a memorial to the explorers, overlanders, pioneers and settlers of remote Australia. It was in 1974, that Hugh Sawrey, a well known stockman and outback artist, enlisted supporters for his dream for this 12.5 million dollar memorial.

J.C. Hotel
The name came about after John Costello carved his initials in a Bauhinia tree here while he was out "looking at country". Those who came after him would use that blazed tree as a marker, and eventually a pub was built on the spot to cater for the ever-increasing trade. The manager of Canterbury station got a little weary of pulling his stockmen out of the pub and bought it and ripped the roof off. The weather did the rest, and today there is little left but mounds of clay and a few rotting timbers. Nearby there's a graveyard that reminds you that this was not a really good place for women and young children.

Windorah
Windorah’s history is linked with Isisford for it was the Whitman brothers who established both towns. Originally known as Stony Point, its current name is the Aboriginal word for 'place of large fish'. This relates to Cooper Creek, which is formed by the junction of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers just south of Jundah.

Preparation

Travel from Windorah via the Planet Downs Arrabury road and the Nappa Merrie road requires a high level of vehicle preparation. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended and you should carry sufficient water for 4 days, at least one spare tyre AND tyre repair equipment, as well as fuel sufficient for the 600 kilometres legs where no fuel is available.

From Windorah this is very remote area travelling and preparations for travel should take this into consideration. If your vehicle breaks down or you have some other trouble, stay with your vehicle.

Supplies
Restocking of supplies is possible at Winton, Longreach, and Innamincka and to some extent at Opalton.

PUBLIC NOTICE
Tyre and Mechanical services at Innamincka will be opened by local John Osborne for approx 1 hour first thing in the morning daily. This is for tyre enquiries only and is from Monday 18th Feb 2008 until approx 18th April 2008. Services that will be available from April onwards will be advised later.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 121 litres4cyl 139 litres4cyl 172 litres
6cyl 132 litres6cyl 156 litres6cyl 151 litres
8cyl 132 litres8cyl 143 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

May to September

Closest Climatic Station

Windorah Post Office
Distance from Trek Mid Point 24.19km NE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C38.136.634.530.225.321.621.424.128.532.635.537.8
Mean Min. °C24.123.521.116.011.37.66.68.112.116.519.922.5
Mean Rain mm42.649.043.119.518.816.315.19.710.517.622.230.5
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

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What to See

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Stockmen’s’ Hall of Fame, JC Hotel Ruins, Haddon’s Corner, The Dig Tree, Cullymurra Waterhole, Burkes Grave and more.

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Where to Stay

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Camping permits are required within the Innamincka Regional Reserve.

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Longreach to Landsborough Hwy & Thomas Dev Rd1.26 kmNW317° 2 min
Landsborough Hwy & Thomas Dev Rd to Thomas Dev Rd & Additional Area Rd35.02 kmS195° 26 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Additional Area Rd to Bimerah83.77 kmSW227° 56 min
Bimerah to Thomas Dev Rd & Stonehenge Connection Rd32.7 kmSW238° 25 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Stonehenge Connection Rd to Stonehenge Connection Rd & Stonehenge Longreach Rd2.58 kmNW299° 2 min
Stonehenge Connection Rd & Stonehenge Longreach Rd to Stonehenge1.28 kmSW230° 1 min
Stonehenge to Thomas Dev Rd & Jundah Stonehenge Rd5.01 kmS173° 4 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Jundah Stonehenge Rd to Thomas Dev Rd & Glenariff Access19.66 kmS191° 14 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Glenariff Access to Jundah41.95 kmSW214° 28 min
Jundah to Thomas Dev Rd & Winton Jundah Rd10.58 kmW283° 8 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Winton Jundah Rd to Thomas Dev Rd & Jundah Lina Glen Rd2.59 kmSW237° 1 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Jundah Lina Glen Rd to Thomas Dev Rd & Diamantina Dev Rd78.48 kmS202° 56 min
Thomas Dev Rd & Diamantina Dev Rd to Windorah5.55 kmSW217° 4 min
Windorah to JC Hotel Ruins80.98 kmW274° 1 hr 5 min
JC Hotel Ruins to Diamantina Dev Rd & Birdsville Dev Rd29.21 kmW269° 22 min
Diamantina Dev Rd & Birdsville Dev Rd to Birdsville Dev Rd & Planet Arrabury Rd54.57 kmSW227° 36 min
Birdsville Dev Rd & Planet Arrabury Rd to Bush Camp - Planet Downs Arrabury Road5.42 kmSW211° 7 min
Bush Camp - Planet Downs Arrabury Road to Planet Arrabury Rd & Haddon Corner Access35.29 kmS196° 31 min
Planet Arrabury Rd & Haddon Corner Access to Haddon Corner13.23 kmW275° 18 min
Haddon Corner to Planet Arrabury Rd & Haddon Corner Access13.23 kmE95° 18 min
Planet Arrabury Rd & Haddon Corner Access to Planet Arrabury Rd & Arrabury Rd115.59 kmS188° 1 hr 55 min
Planet Arrabury Rd & Arrabury Rd to Arrabury Rd & Lake Pure Rd63.82 kmS163° 51 min
Arrabury Rd & Lake Pure Rd to Arrabury Rd & Dig Tree Rd42.32 kmS185° 42 min
Arrabury Rd & Dig Tree Rd to Dig Tree Road & Cooper Creek Rd11.92 kmSW225° 12 min
Dig Tree Road & Cooper Creek Rd to The Dig Tree2.16 kmS186° 3 min
The Dig Tree to Dig Tree Road & Cooper Creek Rd2.16 kmN3 min
Dig Tree Road & Cooper Creek Rd to Arrabury Rd & Dig Tree Rd11.92 kmNE45° 12 min
Arrabury Rd & Dig Tree Rd to Adventure Way & Nappa Merrie - Santos Rd10.45 kmS195° 10 min
Adventure Way & Nappa Merrie - Santos Rd to Adventure Way & Bullah Bullah Crossing Access2.64 kmSW233° 6 min
Adventure Way & Bullah Bullah Crossing Access to Adventure Way, SA-QLD Border14.41 kmSW232° 12 min
Adventure Way, SA-QLD Border to Adventure Way & Bore Track11.8 kmSW246° 10 min
Adventure Way & Bore Track to Nappa Merrie Rd & Cullyamurra Waterhole Access12.07 kmW279° 10 min
Nappa Merrie Rd & Cullyamurra Waterhole Access to Adventure Way & Dillons Hwy2.94 kmSW213° 4 min
Adventure Way & Dillons Hwy to Innamincka3.28 kmNW298° 3 min
Longreach to Innamincka859.81 km  13 hr 35 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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