Brisbane to Birdsville to Uluru July 19

Hi All,
We are beginning the planning stage of a trip from Brisbane to Uluru via Birdsville and across the Plenty. Wondering what your experiences, routes, campsites that you have taken and recommend.

Three Families, towing off road campers. Basic Modifications to car, bull bar, winch. I myself have three kids and a EzyTrail Soft floor camper. I am a semi experienced off-roader.

Happy to hear your thoughts
Would you suggest going to Birdsville and or across to boulia. Birdsville isn't essential, the objective is eventually Uluru, exploring along the way


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The important thing with outback travelling is not to rush the trip. If you rush, you put stress on yourself and your vehicle. Always allow an extra day here and there to allow you to stop and have a look at things and not to push yourself or your vehicle to its limits.
You would make Mitchell easy from Brisbane on the first day, nice hot baths/pool for a relax. Charleville is imteresting. Windorah has a nice van park. Birdsville is worth the visit. You could even take a run out to Big Red if you had two nights there. Know a guy who drove Alice to Birdsville non-stop, bloody long way but was on a mission. Middlelton is worth a stop and a beer or even an overnighter at the “Hilton” across the road from the pub. Tobermoray has a nice grassed camp ground, stayed there a few times. Jervois Station also has a grassed camp ground but never stayed there. Gemtree has a cracker of a van park, stayed there and loved it. Google them and try to stay on one of their theme nights. Alice has heaps of camping options. You could go to the Rock via the West MacDonnells or the most direct route on the bitumen. Need a couple of days for the West MacDonnells and a day or two for the East MacDonnells. Kings Canyon is a must see. Kings Creek Station is nicer, in my opinion, than the resort.
Have fun


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Birdsville to Boulia, you'll pass two out of the only 3 stands of Waddy trees, an incredibly dense spiky Acacia.
At Birdsville you can drive out and test your 4wd dune driving skills at Big Red.


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exploring along the way
How much exploring? or are you planning on X-hundred klm per day? Are your children to be jailed in the back seats for hour after hour? or will you let them out on bail, every 2 to three hours?

yes, Mitchel is doable, 7 hours+ on the first day, but are the little natives going to revolt and not get back in jail on day 2? 3 families, so give and take amongst 3 tribes of restless Indians.
..... now back to the map, and exploration? Hang a left at Dalby out through Moonie [free camp with electricity] St George, Bollon [free camp on the river], Cunnamulla, Eulo - somewhere on the left just past somewhere there in the middle nowhere are Eulo's ''Mud Mounds'' natural vents from the artesian basin.

If you like dirt, after a cut lunch, turn right to Yowah Opal Fields, again free camping[or was at the time] then on to Toompine Pub one of the lesser known pubs in the middle of nowhere, not as famous as others, but well worth a visit. Continue on through some interesting 'Boulia Bolder' territory and pop out at Quilpie [B C Fing cold at night in winter] a lot more interesting than flying up the bitumen the other way round.

My opinion is there is a lot of interesting stuff to see in Qld even before reaching Birdsville, trips are formed around the well known iconic towns. I still use a paper map, if there is a line on it, lets go have a look see what there is to see and there is plenty of it.
It also pays to ask the locals, at the shop/petrol bowser what if anything is of interest in the area?

Have fun, take your time, and arrive home safe and sane. :D

Les PK Ranger

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I've done from Brissy to BV a couple of ways and Boulia to Brissy (from WA, Uluru, Alice - Winton via Plenty).

Direct to Boulia . . . going Morven - Augathella, then Balcardine, Longreach, Winton to Boulia is the fastest and still a very interesting drive, blacktop all the way.
You can also go Windorah, Diamantina Dev road to south of Bedourie and up to Boulia, might be about same as above distance / time wise.

I've also done BV from Brissy via both Charleville, Quilpie, Windorah (Haddon Cnr tick off) . . . and Cunnamulla, Innamincka, Walkers X and BV Tk.
Both excellent drives.

Birdsville is worthy of a visit, you can do a couple of nights, a drive out to Big Red and do the drive up and down, lots to see around town (besides the iconic pub), and as mentioned the Waddi trees ~ 40km up the Bedourie Rd on the way to Boulia is a chance to see these rare plants.

Outback QLD bitumen can be narrow, esp Donohue.
Plenty Hwy coming from Alice mid last year, very rough in places, long bulldust hole stretches, could damage an Ezytrail (or anything) if going too fast.
The family might like the fossicking / camping at Gemtree, near the west side of the Plenty, and a nice easy drive down to Alice from there.

Take it as easy as needed on the Plenty, especially with a good load for family of 5.

Les PK Ranger

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I see BV is in your loop on your link :)
That's a great tour, the West Macs are awesome, have walked Larapinta Tk from Mt Zeil to Alice, 19 days.
Some beautiful gorges in there.

Meneerie loop road also needs careful driving, can be rough.

Both that and the Plenty get some maintenance, just depends on when you catch it, can be a lot of heavy traffic on the Plenty and it gets pummeled pretty quick.

Les PK Ranger

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Oh Nice I was just looking at the Redbank Gorge info sheets which have been helpful to mark out a few more camping options:
Redbank not a bad spot, we camped one night at the main area, spread out sites, and not as windy as the first little camp on the hill as you drive in (that is miles from camp facilities too).
The Mt Sonder walk would be great to do, we had a pretty isolated and rough walk from west end of Zeil back to come over that ridge on the way through, decided to keep on track and didn't worry about that (it's a side trip of the Larapinta Tk).

Whoops, I clicked you link and didn't notice it wasn't from the OP, but never the less, a good loop.

Not sure how you're travelling Kordez, but the little run down from Hermannsburg through to Ernest Giles Rd (and on to Uluru) can be done, it's called Boggy Hole Tk . . . it isn't normally, but as long as the Finke River is behaving and not too high, it's a great drit road run, very picturesque, boggy hole itself nice camping.
Towing something you would need a good off road setup, as ther eare just a few little parts that wouldn't be good for an on road trailer.

You could do a loop out to the junction of Meneerie, then head to Hermannsburg, a lot of history there in the main centre . . .

While there it's a short run down to Palm Valley, beautiful spot for a couple of nights.

So much to see, so little time.