Re: How is Qld?
Warm. Been 30 every day and I suppose it will get "hot" soon. If I ever make it back to Portland my legs will probably snap freeze and break off.
Another lead might be the DSMRA SA blokes. They do a Ngarkat ride once a year and maybe a bit more long distance stuff.
Chris Turrel is the state coordinator.
Looks like they went to Finke, Murray Sunset and Pinnaroo this year.
Search SA rides in here: http://www.dsmra.asn.au/events.php
(Select "Month" for event date and you will get the whole year list).