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We did this trip (except for Popells Corner) in Oct 2018 and I wish I could go again now after the worst of floods have receded.
Cameron Corner to Innamincka is a good road, we went via the Old Strzelecki Track which is still maintained for the mining companies and is excellent. Innamincka to Birdsville is best as an overnight trip but could be done in a day especially if not towing. Personally I will never again drive on Cordillo Downs Road (northern end) the road itself is not so bad but the 10 billion rocks are not so good.
You really do need to do some rock proofing if you are going out Birdsville way.
 
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If you have any respect for your van @Bluey I wouldn’t leave with out a stone stomper either
I have a stone stomper ........allready done the old Darling run on way to Mungo last year van did well many miles on dirt not all good roads ...... id say its going to be a trip we make up what we are doing depending on roads and conditions time will tell im chaseing wreckers to get another spare for the car
The owners at Eldee station say water is allready comming down the channel country from the Qld floods so that mite change things too
 
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We did this trip (except for Popells Corner) in Oct 2018 and I wish I could go again now after the worst of floods have receded.
Cameron Corner to Innamincka is a good road, we went via the Old Strzelecki Track which is still maintained for the mining companies and is excellent. Innamincka to Birdsville is best as an overnight trip but could be done in a day especially if not towing. Personally I will never again drive on Cordillo Downs Road (northern end) the road itself is not so bad but the 10 billion rocks are not so good.
You really do need to do some rock proofing if you are going out Birdsville way.
Will drop van at Innaminka mite stay over night at Birdsville ???????
 
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Not sure when the Birdsville cup is on, do not go to Birdsville soon after the cup if you can avoid it, the road is dreadful from all the traffic to the cup and same after the big red bash!! We towed the Expands from home to the corner up to Birdsville via Innaminka and home via Longreach, its really worth the effore we loved it even though the roads were in a poor state it was still a great adventure

1.Leaving Inaminka
2.Camped beside Cooper Creek Innaminka
3.Dig Tree monument
4.Birdsville
5.Birdsville development road our of Birdsville
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Absolutely the best time to see this part of the country, after some decent river flows, it will be amazing.
If I was going again (and I will) I'd go from Innamincka to Birdsville via Arrabury Rd and Birdsville Development Road. Even without the van it will still be a full on day.

Be warned Birdsville is a really interesting place and an overnight stay will leave you wanting to see more.

Stone Stomper is the way to go, even then a few might sneak past like they did on ours.
 
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Oh I hate corrugations...................................for some reason, I know not why my Ute doesn't chuck rocks at van, they go no higher than the draw bar and with no rear window on tug or paintwork for that matter I don't care why, just happy no need for screen........................sadly Cook has done her back in so have only your pics and memories of the joints now, at least no flies..
 

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I hope the "cook" recovers, mine is playing up as well today must be the rain lol
We had a couple of whelts on the front of the van, the damage underneath was mind blowing, it took all the air lines out to the air shocks on the Jeep as well, only noticed it when we hit the tar and thought it was a little bouncy, didn't make much difference replaced them when we got home. Mone had a lot to do with driver error, time poor and going a bit quick, no a days we can slow down as the rush is almost over
 

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Birdsville cup is in September
And the big bash in july
Evan with locks on draw bar mite get a wheel lock too i will be uneasy leaving van behind at Innamincka
Where to leave it ???? At the coopers creek camp in town ?????
 
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Evan with locks on draw bar mite get a wheel lock too i will be uneasy leaving van behind at Innamincka
Where to leave it ???? At the coopers creek camp in town ?????

Ask at either the Trading Post or the pub, the trick will be to ask the right person.
I'd try to leave your van in the town somewhere rather than at the campgrounds which are spread out along the creek and the van could be a long way from anyone who could keep an eye on it but maybe at the back of pub would be ok.
 
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I heard Dick Smith on the ABC this morning, he was flying over the floods and said that Birdsville was an island and the Birdsville track was liable to be closed for two months. I'd be taking a close look nearer the time you are planning on going @Bluey .
 
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I heard Dick Smith on the ABC this morning, he was flying over the floods and said that Birdsville was an island and the Birdsville track was liable to be closed for two months. I'd be taking a close look nearer the time you are planning on going @Bluey .
Well we are going to Eldee station anyway if we get to go anywhere else would be a bouns i have 2 weeks off after the 4x4 easter event which finnishes sunday night somethings still happen monday like station tours but weve done that so monday morning we are off if we dont get to go to dig tree at least we have to find somewhere else did mungo last year on way home ???????
 
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Ok @Drover, are you sneaking down to the engine room of this great land to enjoy the thrills of the Lake Boga airshow this year.

(If I find you hiding in Bay 13 again, and you dont have tonic for me Ill be very very upset and Ill likely pinch something from the shed.)
 

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No sadly, its a week too early specialist wants to see me and looks like a RAAF mate is lining up a funeral all in the same week.......Big Mal will be on the road in a week to places unknown, roughly between Winston and Adelaide.
If it wasn't for the Doc I would have booked a lake side spot for a week.
 

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@Drover Are we going to see you down this way at all ..... my driveways open again 15 bucks a night power 5 bucks water also 5 bucks prices have had to go up due to heavy use and high demand sorry nothing stays free for long stubbies 6 bucks a can cold cans 8 bucks ive given in to the paying system my costs have blown out when are you booking in
 

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Those prices are typical Victorian, $5 would just boil a kettle down your way and water I would bring my own, never trusted Werribee water and I'd bring my own beer, Coopers .......................................Since your going bush I could roll up, have the run of the place while your away and get my Point Cook visit sorted suppose I would have to rush to Wentworth and towota you back home........
 

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No @Drover our water comes from the best dams out in the hills east of melb im sorry but id say we have the best water in oz have you tasted SAs water id rather drink your coopers tyre flavored beer
 
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