Birdsville is on my short list, never been there. Had tickets and was all set with Parks booked for the 2020 races...that were then cancelled due to the Chinese virus. Won't get there this year unfortunately...
Left Birdsville Monday morning and just got home to Sydney 2 hours ago. Will throw up some words tomorrow. Long trip home.The word from the Birdsville pub....8/06/2022
Real world Diamantina River and road update.
We are getting a huge amount of phone calls and reading a large number of inaccurate posts on social media regarding the current flow of water past Birdsville heading south through the Channel Country.
Some straight forward facts are as follows.
• Most importantly, don’t believe everything you read on social media
• Most news articles outside of ABC are incorrect and dramatized
• No, Birdsville is not cut off from the outside world. This is far from the truth and its very much business as usual
• No, this is not a “major” flood
• Yes, you can still travel in and out of Birdsville with no hassles at all using the northern road via Bedourie
• Yes, Bedourie has plenty of fuel
• Yes, the road is closed between the Birdsville Race course and the township of Birdsville due to this reasonably normal Chanel Country flow, don’t panic this isn’t forever
• Yes, we are still seeing tourists successfully crossing the Simpson Desert daily without issue
• No, Eyre creek is not in flood
• No, we do not have tourist’s stranded in Birdsville, they can easily drive out to the North at any time they please. Most have stayed on to enjoy this amazing display of mother nature
• No, the town is not running out of food
• No, the air force is not flying food supplies into Birdsville
• No, the town is not running out of diesel or petrol
• Yes, we have ample amounts of aviation fuels in stock
• No, the Hotel is not running out of beer
• No, the road has not washed away
• No, a Unimog did not fall through a hole in the Diamantina bridge
• No, the SES have not had to do emergency call outs in the flood boat
• No, this flow will not have an impact on the Big Red Bash
• Yes, the entire township is very much open for business and are enjoying a constant flow of visitors
• Yes, we are all ok. This is a normal nature event that can happen after northern rain fall
• Yes, the water will recede, that’s the magic of the Lake Eyre basin
• Yes, you need to plan your routes and do your research prior to departing on your trip, this should be normal practice regardless of what the Diamantina River is doing
• Yes, now is the best time to witness this breathtaking region to see the full beauty of the Channel Country
• Yes, we believe that Social Media gossip is worse than the game of Chinese whispers
All jokes aside, road and river interruptions have always been a part of remote area travel. This is all part of the journey, trip planning, diversions, challenges, adventure and the unknow is a part of the challenge that in the end leads to a wonderful feeling of self-achievement when you do arrive at your Outback bucket list destination.
Travel safe and enjoy the natural wonder that is the Channel Country, we can’t get enough of it!
Yet QLD Traffic says the road from Bedourie is closed no wonder confusion and Barcoo Shire have closed the Innaminka Rd again as the Cooper is rising, again......
So regarding the Diamantina. We left Sydney Tuesday morning (31st) and overnighted Bourke (Kidman Camp) then by the Cooper just outside Windorah on Wednesday night. Lunch and a beer at Betoota Hotel on Thursday. The first time I have seen it open the three times I have past. As the Development Rd was closed we thought we would head on to the race course to see what was going on and meet up with other travellers as we were all going to Birdsville for a running event. There was water over the Development road about 15km before Birdsville. This was about 300mm deep and about 40m. Got to the race course at around 3.30pm and went and had a look at the river which was up, hence the road closure. River was at about 0.4m and flowing. There were three sections of the road covered with water all about 70m across. Back to the race course. A little while later a 4WD bus came over from town with the local copper. He said we could follow them back across into town at our risk. We were towing as well. By now river was up around 0.45m. We were the second last vehicle across under their own steam. Later a couple came across on a low loader. Friday the river was about 0.8m. We left Birdsville Monday 6th to the north through Bedourie and overnighted at a rest area 200km west of Winton. Tuesday night in the CP on an unpowered site at Windorah. Wednesday night at Kidman Camp Bourke again then home Thursday night 5.30pm. On the Wed about 1hr south of Cunamulla the dash lit up like a Xmas tree. Scanguage was flicking between 10.3V and 12.6V. Turned everything off, car fridge, van fridge, A/C, headlights etc and got into Bourke just on dusk. Asked around for auto elec recommendations in Bourke and was told Dubbo. We left just on daylight so no lights needed and hightailed it south. Got to Dubbo and now scanguage was flashing between 12.0V and 14.4 so kept going to home hitting Emu Plains as it was getting darkish. Got onto the M7 at Eastern Creek with parking lights then risked the headlights around Rooty Hill. Got home about 30 minutes later in one piece. Alternator making a noise like a supercharger. Purchased a new one Friday. Yet to fit it, probably next weekend. Have another car to drive in the meantime. I reckon the Diamantina did the damage and the car is now 13.5 years old with around 205,000km so not a bad run.Left Birdsville Monday morning and just got home to Sydney 2 hours ago. Will throw up some words tomorrow. Long trip home.
Yes it was closed for Reno’s when we through in June. Was looking forward to going in for a beer and a feed. Always a good stop between Bourke and Windorah. Clean amenities. Have previously overnighted out the front.Stuff all to do with roads but Toompine Pub is looking at reopening in October ........................... that will be welcome...
Yes it was closed for Reno’s when we through in June. Was looking forward to going in for a beer and a feed. Always a good stop between Bourke and Windorah. Clean amenities. Have previously overnighted out the front.