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Default Dig Tree from Nockatunga with old Outback

I'm thinking about a drive from Melbourne up through Queensland and back ... roughly Hay, Nyngan, St George (sister and hubby live there), then Augathela, Longreach, Quilpie, Nockatunga, then home via Bourke or Broken Hill.

A visit to the Dig Tree is a bucket list item, so I was wondering if anyone here has taken a Suby there and can comment on the doablility of such a sidetrack? I'd want to just go there and back in a day from Nockatunga as I dont have a camper trailer and dont want to tent.

There would be only me in the car. Its not set up for scrambling over rocky ridges or playing in mudholes. Ive done a bit of dirt road running in it over the years ... Arkaroola, Oondadatta Track, Darling River Run etc without trouble.

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We had a Subie and an X-Trail in our group at the Dig Tree in 2011.
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Don't forget to check the road conditions. That's (IMHO) more important than any condition they were in when someone last visited.

http://www.bulloo.qld.gov.au/web/guest/road-conditions
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No problems at all if no rain. If you've been to Arkaroola then the dig tree to Nockatunga will be easier. Some of it is now sealed.

Here's my run along that road: http://www.travelark.org/travel-blog...a/3/1412107380
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Heading back from the Dig Tree in 1997. If I can make it in the Falcon, the Forrie will have no worries. I was running road tyres as usual, and, as usual, no punctures.
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Another question - would a UHF radio be a good idea? Essential maybe?
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A very good idea and I wouldn't leave home without one even if it's just a cheapie; I have in-car and hand-held. However I would consider an EPIRB or Spot Tracker "essential" for any travel in the outback; I have both. Alternatively a sat phone could be used - these can be hired.
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We bought an old sat phone for $200 off eBay 8 years ago.....

We've never had to use it for an emergency but we've taken it for 4 big trips into remote locations.

Being able to call people from almost anywhere on earth makes it fun so its not just an emergency device but a novelty as well..
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I'd want to just go there and back in a day from Nockatunga as I dont have a camper trailer and dont want to tent.

one of the great joys of travelling those parts of our vast country is sleeping out in the open. It's the perfect place to drop a swag or sleeping bag. Sling a tarp from the car if you expect dew or frost.


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Make sure you get the right tree..!
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