Winton to Longreach

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesWinton
FinishLongreach
DifficultyDifficulty 4/5
Suitable for4WD AWD Camper Bike 
Distance432.34 km
Minimum Days4
Average Speed58.05 km/hr
Driving Time7 hrs 26 mins
Page Updated: 23 Aug 2015

Description

From the outback Queensland town of Winton in Waltzing Matilda country, the Winton to Longreach trek follows mostly gravel roads passing Mitchell grass plains punctuated by stony ranges and mesas known locally as jump-up country. The trek heads past the Lark Quarry Conservation Reserve and its famous dinosaur tracks to the opal mines and the quaint Aussie general store known as the “Opalton Outpost” at Opalton. Then backtracking again towards the ruins of Mayneside homestead it turns east along a minor and sometimes difficult to follow gravel track towards Vergemont Station. Continuing east along the Longreach Silsoe Road, it eventually meets the Landsborough Highway (Route 66) to the historically significant town of Longreach.

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Environment

Around Winton and Longreach the terrain is predominantly Mitchell grass plains punctuated by stony ranges and mesas known locally as jump-up country. 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

Lark Quarry Environmental Park

Located 110 km from Winton, the Lark Quarry Environmental Park with its famous Dinosaur Stampede is an interesting insight into life in western Queensland some ninety five million years ago. This is the largest group of footprints of running dinosaurs uncovered anywhere in the world. First discovered in the early 1960s it was completely excavated in 1976-77. Three species of dinosaur made the 1200 tracks - a large flesh eating carnosaur and many small coelurosaurs and ornithopods.

The brochure on Lark Quarry explains the footprints: 'Most of the footprints were made when a carnosaur trapped groups of coelurosaurs and ornithopods on the muddy edge of a lake.' The area is now protected from the weather and clear signs on a 650 metre track explain the events.

Opalton Fields

The Opalton fields are a reminder of how things can change in far western Queensland. Discovered in 1888 they were not worked until 1893. By 1896 there were 500-600 men on the fields but the inevitable problem of water (which had to be carted over 20 km) ensured that when the price of opals dropped the field was abandoned. The township has vanished and all that is left are some ruins and the remains of mullock heaps where miners once fossicked for the precious opals.

Preparation

A 4WD vehicle is only recommended for this trek and you should carry sufficient fuel, water and food. Carry at least one spare tyre AND tyre repair equipment, recovery gear and safety equipment. Taking navigation equipment with the latest updated maps is also wise to prevent you from getting lost. All travellers are recommended to read the 4WDriving Topic for related articles and checklists for preparing your vehicle and ensuring you are aware of the necessary driving skills to tackle a trip of this nature.

All travellers should understand that mobile phones are not a reliable form of communication when driving in this region. We advise that you refer to the Communications Topic for related articles to help you decide what communications devices suit your budget and purpose.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 61 litres4cyl 70 litres4cyl 86 litres
6cyl 66 litres6cyl 78 litres6cyl 76 litres
8cyl 66 litres8cyl 57 litres *
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

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

Closest Climatic Station

Winton Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 83.97km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C37.336.535.132.428.224.524.827.632.136.037.538.6
Mean Min. °C23.922.920.717.012.49.28.29.614.318.221.323.3
Mean Rain mm85.473.952.423.815.024.59.69.211.98.032.138.5
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Tattersalls Hotel, Opalton
Minor Supply Points- Opalton Outpost General Store.

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Winton to Winton Jundah Rd & Landsborough Hwy1.01 kmS187° 2 min
Winton Jundah Rd & Landsborough Hwy to Tattersalls Hotel0.17 kmW282°
Tattersalls Hotel to Winton Jundah Rd & Nareen Jump-up Rd66.85 kmSW228° 52 min
Winton Jundah Rd & Nareen Jump-up Rd to Winton Jundah Rd & Lark Quarry CP Access37.39 kmSW206° 27 min
Winton Jundah Rd & Lark Quarry CP Access to Lark Quarry4.92 kmW287° 5 min
Lark Quarry to Winton Jundah Rd & Lark Quarry CP Access4.92 kmE107° 5 min
Winton Jundah Rd & Lark Quarry CP Access to Winton Jundah Rd & Jundah Rd16.52 kmSW220° 13 min
Winton Jundah Rd & Jundah Rd to Mayneside Ruins49.84 kmSE154° 51 min
Mayneside Ruins to Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access15.37 kmNE44° 17 min
Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access to Opalton24.58 kmNE33° 23 min
Opalton to Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access24.58 kmSW213° 23 min
Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access to Kerosine Tin Corner13.68 kmSE130° 25 min
Kerosine Tin Corner to Vergemont Rd & Vergemont Access31.41 kmE99° 51 min
Vergemont Rd & Vergemont Access to Bessies Castle23.98 kmNE56° 22 min
Bessies Castle to Silsoe Vergemont Rd & Morella Silsoe Rd1.18 kmSE134° 1 min
Silsoe Vergemont Rd & Morella Silsoe Rd to Longreach Silsoe Rd & Gallows Waterhole Access44.84 kmE86° 42 min
Longreach Silsoe Rd & Gallows Waterhole Access to Longreach Silsoe Rd & Maneroo Winton Rd26.91 kmE77° 18 min
Longreach Silsoe Rd & Maneroo Winton Rd to Longreach Silsoe Rd & Glendulloch Rd34.86 kmE101° 22 min
Longreach Silsoe Rd & Glendulloch Rd to Longreach Silsoe Rd & Landsborough Hwy (Route 66)0.84 kmNE67°
Longreach Silsoe Rd & Landsborough Hwy (Route 66) to Landsborough Hwy & Thomas Dev Rd7.22 kmSE144° 7 min
Landsborough Hwy & Thomas Dev Rd to Longreach1.26 kmSE137° 2 min
Winton to Longreach432.34 km  7 hr 26 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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