Road conditions

Submitted: Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 07:01
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Jan and I are planning a trip from Adelaide to Cairns going via Broken Hill, Tibooburra and Nocandra and then on up through the middle of Qld. The only dirt is Broken Hill to Tibooburra and Nocandra. Can anyone tell me what this road is like?
We plan then to do Eromanga - Quilpie - Charleville - Blackall - Barcaldine - Longreach - Winton - Hughenden - Charters Towers - Townsville - Cairns. We will be leaving Adelaide late April/early May aand will have 3-4 months. Any comments about things not to miss along the way or wonderful camping spots?

Cheers,

jim
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Reply By: Jimjan - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 07:36

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 07:36
Sorry!!! Didn't say we will be taking our BT!
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Follow Up By: Leigh & Mita - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 19:23

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 19:23
The road from Tibooburra to Noccundra should pose no problems for BT's. Its flat and firm with essentially a pebble surface and little if no corrugation. We travelled the road about 1 year ago (without vans) and sat on 100 - 110k without any problems. If your travelling via Cameron Corner, the road from Tibooburra to Cameron is quite ok as well however from Cameron back out to rejoining the road to Noccundra can get sandy in places with the occassional sand drift, however having said that you would still have little or no problems with a BT in tow.

If you visit Cameron Corner, make sure you have fly nets as its the fly capital of the universe.

There is great camping at the Wilson River at Noccundra and again on the lake at Quilpie. Diesel at Eromanga is possibly the cheapest in Oz as its in the middle of a major oil field and they produce their own diesel to run the machinery. It may pay to check that the Servo is still selling to the public - it was when we went through.

Eromanga also has a great little visitors centre with fantastic little picnic/bbq facilities attached so is a good place to stop for lunch.

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