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  • Birdsville & Oodbadatta Tracks Aug 2008 - Trip Report

    This is a report of my recent trip to Birdsville, Oodnadatta & the Flinders Ranges. My wife & I were in a Prado 120 series towing a camper-trailer, and my sister & brother-in-law drove a Landcruiser 80 series towing a 16ft off-road caravan. Trip started for us in Sydney. First stop Dubbo where we picked up our travelling partners. From there we headed off to Willcannia, then White Cliffs, where we hit the dirt, Tibooburra and Cameron Corner.

    From there we headed up the Bore Track to Innamincka. Due to recent rains, the wildflowers were magnificent


    The Bore Track itself was a pretty run through the sandhills, easily negotiated by both vehicles, despite some creek washouts at the northern end.

    Camped out along the track and had my first attemp at using the camp oven - roast port with vegies - a great success if I do say so myself.


    Plenty of water in Cooper Creek, made for beautiful reflections


    Travelled the Cordillo Downs road to Birdsville - nearly 500 kms with no towns or services along the way. Very little animal life around (other than birds), but did see some emus.


    Made it to Birdsville

    with broken rear window to show for it.

    Did mandatory trip to Big Red, 35km west of Birdsville. Amazingly there was a 200m water crossing to get there!!


    Birdsville Track was more like a road than a track. Camped overnight at Mungerannie Hotel. Can recommend the service there as we had a pub meal - very nice.


    Completed the Birdsville Track at Marree, and turned around to start the Oodnadatta Track.


    Oodnadatta Track took quite some time as it is a fascinating drive. A number of hot springs, this one is the Blanche Cup mound spring near Coward Springs.


    Had a rest day at Coward Springs which is a beautiful camping spot.


    Oodnadatta Track follows the old Ghan railway and there are many remaining examples of the railway structures. The Algebuckina Bridge is the longest railway bridge in SA.


    Oodnadatta marks the end of the track for us. The Pink Roadhouse is a bit of an institution, even if in need of some repairs. It can get quite busy.


    Spent a day and drove out to Dalhousie Springs, which is a hot spring on the edge of the Simpson Desert.


    Headed off towards Coober Pedy, spending a night in the Painted Desert


    Photo of the campfire at sunset in the Painted Desert.


    Drove to Port Augusta to restock, then off to the Flinders Ranges for 3 nights. One of the highlights of the trip was the Skytrek 4wd track. The scenery was magnificent

    The 4wd'ing was good fun too




    A brief summary of the trip:

    distance travelled 6774 kms (approx 3600 on dirt)
    fuel consumption (ULP) 20.21 l/100kms
    Most expensive fuel $2.05 / litre at Marree
    Cheapest fuel $1.43 before discount at Coles Express
    in Adelaide
    Tyres BFG AT on car - 1 mth old
    Goodyear Wrangler AT/R on trailer
    40 psi for the entire trip (car & trailer)
    No punctures for the entire trip

    Damage Broken rear window (stone off trailer).
    Being wise after the event, I have since
    purchased a rear window protector from
    4WD Systems in Adelaide
    2 chips front windscreen


    We had a fantastic trip with some magnificent scenery. The car behaved faultlessly throughout (can't really blame the car for the windscreen damage :cry: ).

    Mal
    White 2005 GXL, Sovereign bull-bar, towbar, cargo barrier

  • #2
    Nice work Mal

    There's some beautiful pics there .... and a great report.

    Cheers
    Chippy

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    • #3
      Nice pics, looks like a great place visit, you certainly packed a lot in.
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      • #4
        Great report Malcur, we just dragged a camper across to fraser and i brought a rear window protector as well, a lot cheaper than a rear window.
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        • #5
          Nice pics, looks like a great place visit, you certainly packed a lot in.
          Thanks, yes we travelled quite a few days, but limited ourselves to no more than about 200kms when towing on dirt. We had a couple of longer days when on highways.

          Great report Malcur, we just dragged a camper across to fraser and i brought a rear window protector as well, a lot cheaper than a rear window.
          Trouble is, I bought both :cry: :cry:

          Mal
          White 2005 GXL, Sovereign bull-bar, towbar, cargo barrier

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          • #6
            Great pictures Malcur,

            Currently planning to do the Oonnadatta Track ourselves next June on the way to the Kimberleys. After your pics will definitely make it part of our trip.

            I really interested in the rear window protector. Is it possible to post a pic of it?

            johnv

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            • #7
              Oh man! I wanna do that!

              Thanks for the inspiring pics Malcur.

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              • #8
                Nice Mal.

                After reading this it reminds me why I work. So I can afford to do these sort of trips, or at least dream about doing it.
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                • #9
                  nice report, Mal.

                  The pic are nice too
                  Cheers,
                  Dustie

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                  • #10
                    birdsville

                    great trip and photos,

                    Now to show the other halve and see if we can add that to our list of trips we want to do
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                    • #11
                      I really interested in the rear window protector. Is it possible to post a pic of it?
                      I will take a pic of the rear window protector & post it on the weekend.

                      Mal
                      White 2005 GXL, Sovereign bull-bar, towbar, cargo barrier

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                      • #12
                        I really interested in the rear window protector. Is it possible to post a pic of it?
                        Johnv, the rear window protector we got from 4WD Systems, in Adelaide. It comes in 2 pieces, each held in place by suction caps. Seemed to work well on the trip back from Adelaide. It cost us $154 - no delivery charges as I picked it up from their shop. Here is a pic:


                        Certainly looks better than cardboard taped over the window, and I can see through it.

                        Mal
                        White 2005 GXL, Sovereign bull-bar, towbar, cargo barrier

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                        • #13
                          What brand camper is it?

                          [url=http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=12264]My Prado[/url]

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                          • #14
                            It is a Clarkes Country Camper. Has a walkway at the front so that my old bones don't have to climb a ladder.

                            Mal
                            White 2005 GXL, Sovereign bull-bar, towbar, cargo barrier

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                            • #15
                              :!: Can you please reduce your images to 800 pixels wide to comply with the guidelines on the forum. :!:

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