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Old 9th June 2017, 09:30 AM
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Default Flinders Ranges via Mungo National Park & Broken Hill

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Heading off in mid August for 4 weeks. Trying to plan where to go and places to see. Will be towing my camper trailer. Hoping to be able to stay on a couple of the cattle stations in the Flinders Ranges that provide for campers.
Would like to get up to Farina before turning back.
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Old 9th June 2017, 11:11 AM
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The route up the darling through Pooncarie and Menindee (great spots to camp on the river there) to Broken Hill is an easy dirt road and more interesting than the Silver City Hwy. Mungo I found 'meh', there really wasn't much to see or do, and its not particularly attractive country, but its on the way (you can go up the back way, head North from Balranald and follow your nose).

Mutawintji on the other hand, is magical. Make sure you spend a couple of days there, take a few walks and a tour (which you have to do to get to much of the art).

Make sure you hit the gem museum (I think it is) in Broken Hill. Very interesting minerals of all sorts.

Penrose Park in Silverton is a nice spot to pull up for a night -- with a few oddball locals thrown in (and the mad max museum nearby).

If you want something a little off of the ordinary Flinders route - try Warraweena Station via Beltana.
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Old 9th June 2017, 07:38 PM
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Once you get to broken hill, i recommend the museum at silverton in the former jail. Extremely interesting exhibits.
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The route up the darling through Pooncarie and Menindee (great spots to camp on the river there)
I read on another Forum that you do not stop in Menindee unless it is an emergency, the local population are not too friendly towards outsiders, even those stopping for just fuel etc.

Balranald is my old hometown, I left there near on 50 years ago.
When I was a kid my family used to go up to Menindee once a year to fish for Darling Cod.
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Menindee the town - no idea, but I wouldn't be surprised, much like Wilcannia and others. I tend to judge such things by how empty &/or boarded up the main street is; sad.

Troublemakers tend to be inherently lazy and hang around the nearest welfare drop and source of grog.

Lake Menindee and the Darling campsites were fine a few years back. All I saw were other people looking for some peace and quiet.
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I have done this exact trip about 3 years ago... Spent a couple nights at Mungo before driving the dirt roads up to Menindee and spending another couple nights by the Darling River.

I thought everyone in that country town was lovely and had no problems at all. We got good advice at the information centre, we filled-up, had a pub meal at the local establishment without any issues. Of course you attract the looks when you walk in the door at the pub, but that is to be expected I would say...

Make sure you spend some time around Lake Pamamaroo at dusk, it's magical.

From there we drove to Broken Hill and Silverton and then finally to Wilpena Pound. We spent a few nights there and then had to make our way back to Melbourne...

Here's the report: http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=5486

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Absolutely magical country the NSW and SA outback. My family did this same trip many moons ago (1989 ) but I still have great memories of this adventure. We went at the same time of year as well. There had been a lot of rain before we got to the dirt roads but it sure made them interesting to traverse. Back then they turned to clay. By the time we got to Lyndhurst in SA our vehicles weighted a few tonne extra from the mud.

Anyway, all the places that Duncanm has suggested I agree with. Menindee Lakes is well worth a look as long as there is plenty of water in them. We camped there for a week. It was great. Not sure if it still there but we also stayed at Fort Grey camping area on our way to Camerons Corner. Strezlecki track is a one of those great Aussie drives that is a must to. But beware we stopped for dinner under an old Peppercorn tree along the track but were only there for 5 minutes as we soon discovered there were objects hanging from tree branches like dolls heads, bones and other stuff. We got the hell out of there real fast.

I'm not sure how easy it is to get to these days but Blinman is an interesting little town. There wasn't much there back then but the locals where friendly and there was some very interesting tracks to explore around the town. Wilpena Pound definitely check out, amazing history in that place. The Gammon Ranges are well worth checking out as well. There are many tracks that will take you up the middle of dry river beds and you get to see so many of natures wonders.

Hope you have a great trip.
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A big thank you to everyone plenty of excellent suggestions here!
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Been busy Googling and making phone calls!
Menindee Lakes is now on the route as is Silverton. Thanks guys!!
About 900km from home to Broken Hill so few stops on the way will be welcome.

Spent a few dollars on a new set of Yoko ATS tyres for both the Foz and the camper trailer, upgraded my solar regulator to a mppt, fitted an auxiliary speaker to the UHF radio. Bought fully synth gear oil for the diff and gear box, just got to change it.

Keen to get to Marree / Birdsville Track now !!
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