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Default Outback Queensland & Birdsville Trip Report

Thought I'd share a few pics from my trip to Birdsville and Outback QLD a few months back. It was a great trip - the Foz performed admirably.


After heading off from Sydney we stopped over in Dubbo for the night. The next morning we went to Dubbo Aldi to buy drinking water for the trip and found they had the good old Aldi brand maxtrax in stock - so we happily grabbed them since we knew the desert was gonna be wet.

2nd night was spent in Bourke, had a really nice cabin at Kidman's Camp. Next morning we headed up the Dowling Track to Hungerford then onto Cunnamulla for our 3rd night.

The Dowling Track (NSW side heading toward QLD):






The NSW - QLD border on the Dowling Track at Hungerford:



From Cunnamulla we continued up the damp Dowling Track whilst receiving regular rain showers. We dropped in at the Toompine Hotel for lunch. I should mention that the hospitality is great - friendly owners, cold drinks and funny banter.

Toompine Hotel:



From Toompine we headed north with showers increasing during the last 50km of Dowling Track into Quilpie where we grabbed a refuel before continuing on to spend our 4th night in Eromanga. The Eromanga pub is one of those outback oases with great hospitality that you just don't imagine possible somewhere so remote and harsh. Their rooms are remarkably comfortable and their setting at the rear of the hotel overlooks a green bushy scrub by the Wilson River.....bloody nice. The food was good too.

View from the motel-style rooms at the back of the Eromanga Hotel:





Coming out of Eromanga the road passed through various pastoral leases and stations, then it was on to Windorah where we camped by the Cooper. The feeling of isolation was starting to kick in here, so we phoned our parents using the satphone.

Campsite by Cooper Creek:


Sunset by Cooper Creek near Windorah:



From Windorah the terrain became quite desert-like. There was some great scenery between Windorah and Birdsville.

The road from Windorah to Birdsville:




Birdsville:



In Birdsville we grabbed nice spot by the Diamantina River down at the town common - it was dead quiet, we only had one neighbour camped about 300m away.

Campsite by the river:


Birdsville sunset:



The next morning we thought we'd spend the day exploring the dunes in the Munga-Thirri National Park.

Approaching Little Red:
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Here's a bumpy vid of us driving up Little Red:


Top of Little Red dune:











Here's what we encountered down the other side of Little Red:


Then we continued on to the next couple of dunes:





Then we turned back around toward Big Red from the west side:






On approach to Big Red, we had another puddle to cross. At one point it got a tad hairy without a snorkel:


Ok so didn't quite have the revs to make it right up that time, so here's the 2nd (and successful) attempt at Big Red:


Top of Big Red:




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What a great trip! Nice pictures that you got.
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After a fun day on the dunes we headed back to our camp by the Diamantina:





The next morning we made the decision to head back into the Simpson, as far as we could drive in a few hours, to camp on a dune for a night. We went into Birdsville and grabbed some supplies and coffee (faaaarking bakery tried to charge me $8 for a triple shot short black), never going there again! Whilst driving past the pub I noticed a heavily modified OB which I'm sure someone from ORS must recognise. It had a rear chop done so was appearing to be almost like a ute.
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Great report and pics - thanks for sharing!
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Awesome!

You did it just before we did. You got some of the flooding which by the time we got to that area had started to disappear. That water crossing just before Big Red where the front right wheel dipped down into a hole was a bit touch & go!

I didn't go to the Bakery at Birdsville, I hear it is very nice but very expensive lol.

Some great pics! Did you get any in the Simpson Desert in the afternoon? I wasn't expecting how blood red the sand goes with the afternoon sun
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Nice!
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Hehe - yeh the water crossing near Big Red gave me a micro freakout, the camera wasn't quite in the right spot but from the driver's seat I just felt the front right go down and just keep going down until the wave came over and I felt traction in that corner disappear....

Then we got that little surge forward as the wheels bit in and we were back up out of the hole, the engine didn't hesitate, no lights came on, and you get that little grin and a bit of a giggle in your ribs as you power on.

Here are some more photos of the Simpson in the afternoon, only thing was it was overcast so the reds went silvery. My Nikon captures the colours fairly neutrally whereas my partner's Olympus can sometimes give a dull image but it has a vivid mode which really brings up the reds but some purists may consider vivid mode too saturated. I kinda like it for the odd shot.





My directional 3G/4G antenna:
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Shame you didn't get that setting sun on blood red sand. It's simple, you'll have to go back!

I like the 3G/4G antenna, how effective was it?
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Great shots - its such awesome country.

... and so green !
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