Mt Isa Mines, Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Flinders Ranges
Date: 3rd June to 28th June 2021 (26 Days)
Description: This trip to Mt Isa and then down to the Flinders Ranges via the Birdsville Track is basically the trip that Roland Hollingsworth planned last year and was cancelled twice due to COVID.
The trip is suitable to off-road camper trailers and caravans capable of travelling on corrugated outback roads. Camping will be mainly in caravan parks.
We will meet up the first day at the Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park and then head to Darlington Point for the first night via Shepparton, Tocumwal and the Newell and Kidman Hwys.
Then onto Bourke via the Kidman Hwy and then onto Charlotte Plains Station near Cunnamulla for 2 nights where we can soak in the hot artesian baths (www.charlotteplains.com.au)
The trip continues to Charleville and then the unique town of Ilfracombe and Longreach to visit the Qantas Founders Museum and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. From here we will head to Winton to visit the Dinosaur Trail and then onto Mary Kathleen (bush camp) and explore the remains of the town and mine.
We will spend a couple of days in Mt Isa and visit, among other attractions, the Hard Times Mine and enjoy the desert sunsets. From Mt Isa we head to Boulia for a night and then south to Birdsville for 2 days of exploring this remote area. A day trip out to the Betoota pub can be done from Birdsville. It’s then down the Birdville Track to Marree and camp at the iconic Marree Hotel.
From Marree we will head into the Flinders Ranges for a few days to explore/visit the sights. It’s then onto Peterborough to visit Steamtown heritage rail museum. The last two days will be traveling back to Melbourne via Mildura and St Arnaud.
Distances travelled on most days will be three to five hundred kilometres mostly on sealed roads save the Birdsville Track and about 40kms into the Flinders Ranges.
Weather: We should be enjoying warm sunny days as we head north but the nights in the Outback can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures.
Equipment: Well maintained 4WD vehicle with good all terrain tyres, recovery points, standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio (or one borrowed from the Club). A sat phone will be taken for emergency use. Mobile reception is typically available in all the towns that we shall visit or pass through.
No pets or firearms as we will be visiting the Flinders Ranges National Park.
Trip Standard: Easy with some medium sections including potentially badly corrugated outback roads (Birdsville Track).
Fuel: Is readily available on the planned routes.
Distance: The total distance will be about 6,000 Kms of mainly bitumen roads.
Convoy Limit: 6 vehicles.
Meeting Place: Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park, 10.00 am, 3rd June, 2021
Trip Leader: Peter Nissen. firstname.lastname@example.org 0418 562 549