Birdsville and Beyond 1

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by billys2, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. billys2

    billys2 Billy

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    My mate Harry and I were relatively new to Adv riding and decided to test out the new bikes and head from Adelaide to Wentworth and on up the Darling into Queensland. Floods put a stop to that so we decided instead to head to Birdsville, crossing the Cooper Creek on the punt that had been put into service for the first time in 20yrs!

    Got away late June
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    Headed up through Clare and the first stop at Stone Hut Bakery. From there onto the dirt at last. The tracks were just on the edge of slippery!

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    We stayed on the dirt up through Wilmington to Quorn. Plenty of wildlife to watch out for already with one skippy trying to cut short our ride early on.

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    From Quorn it was out past the Gorges to Booby Creek Road. Roads are in good nick and countryside the greenest I can remember.( Am getting on so that might not mean much!)

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    Plenty of gates and small creek crossings

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    We hit the black stuff about 80ks short of Parachilna and blasted up to the famous pub as the shadows started to get longer. Made good time so we decided to keep on going to Copley for the first night camp. First of many Pub meals too!($10 rissoles and mash!)

    Next morning headed for Maree. The yacht club was back in business!

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    The Track was also open for 4wd so that must also have meant us!

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    The track was not too badly cut up to start and we soon settled into the ride and the odd slippery gravel sections and rougher creek crossings.


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    Somewhere past Clayton bore and its hot tub was the new detour to the Cooper Creek punt.


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    All good until the last 5ks! Deep sand over some sandhills. Couple of times saw my luggage trying to overtake me as I gunned the GS through the sections. Learnt to fly within sight of the punt!

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    All good! Made to the punt and only a couple of vehicles in front, not the line up we were told to expect. The punt was powered by a couple of 15hp outboards.One car or two GSs at a time! Another 14ks of deep sand awaited us on the other side.

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    First time wearing a life jacket in the desert!

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    Made it through the next sand sections with no more little "rests" and then back onto the main track to Mungeranie

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    An oasis!
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    Complete with a hot bath, scalding hot taht is. It was a competition to see who could stay in the longest. Looked a little lobster like when we got out.

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    Great scenery around the lagoon. Only a couple of others at the campsite. Horror stories of the track and the punt crossing had all but killed the tourist trade.

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    Porridge for breakfast.

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    Heading to Birdsville the track soon deteriorated. Deep ruts that we were locked into for km's. Plenty of gibber in the bottom of them too.

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    Water was all around and the countryside looked fantastic. Great contrasts with the red gibber plains.
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    About 120k's from Birdsville the inevitable happened. A flat tire. Fearing the worst I pulled over to see what damage the rocks had done. Relief! Must have been a piece of wire or road kill bone. Had it plugged and on our way.


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    Moongarra Channel was the next obstacle. Fairly deep and muddy and flowing. Shallower sections had deep clay entry and exits. Took the middle path. Harry made it, I was not so lucky. Deep ruts threw me off line and just as I recovered the GS took a big mouthful of bow wave and stopped dead. One drowned bike and rider!

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    Spent some time pumping out the cylinders and she fired up no worries ( I lie, was a bit worried!) No dash display so no tacho, speedo etc. Also no power assist for the brakes which made things a little tricky through the to Birdsville. Pulling the 1200 up took a fairly big handful of brakes.

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    Another diversion running around a lagoon and along the side of sandhills gave Harry a lesson in sand riding this time.

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    Birdsville!


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    It was time to set up camp, dry the gear and of course hit the pub!

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    Drying time! Bloody crows decided to help themselves. Ate my toilet paper!

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    The lagoons surrounding the campsite were a stuuning backdrop on dusk.


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    On to Boulia!
    On to Boulia!

    The road was mostly gibber and the country side less appealing for the first 100ks or so. Obviosly hard on shoes!

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    We hit sections of swamp land which was a alive with bird life. Swallows were as thick as mossies!

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    Just past Bedouria we came across a couple from Melbourne doing it the hard way.

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    just before Boulia locust swarms were forming. Took some big hits. Boulia for the night and another pub visit. Had to watch the drunk control grid coming home.

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    Next morning we headed east across the MIN MIN plain. Single lane black top with the odd oncoming traffic hazard. Guess who gets right of way.

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    Middleton pub and servo. We were the only paying customers for the morning. Premium fuel not!

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    Cowboy and indian country just before Winton.

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    Winton, the home of Waltzing Matilda and several great pubs.

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    They also have a unique way way of impounding speeding motor cycles!

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    Longreach next day and time to rplace the damaged rear tyre. They had a Tk 80 conti in stock!

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    GS Moto X to try out the new rubber

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    From Longreach we headed south towards Windorah. Sheep, cattle and roos by the hundreds!
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    It was thirsty work.

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    The solar power station just outside of Windorah stood out for k's .

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    Windorah pub!

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    Windorah was fairly busy as it is the only way into Birdsville from the south if towing. Some vans still had a few problems.

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    Next instalment on to Tibooburra
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  2. billys2

    billys2 Billy

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    On to Tibooburra

    After checking road conditions we decided to head to Nocundra and then on to Tibooburra. Had been some concern the road was stiil closed but a phone call to the Noccy pub confirmed it was open but with rain expected for the next couple of days

    Headed south through oil field country.

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    Noccundra, pub without a town!

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    The track south was through some varied country, still lots of evidence of recent floods. Track was rough and rocky to start but soon turned into red sand. Initial smooth and quick.

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    Plenty of waterholes

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    Traffic became a bit heavy in some sections. Didn't keep to the left either.

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    Lots of detours, all unmarked so we were never sure which was the main track

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    Warri Gate through the dingo fence and into New South Wales

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    Heading down through Sturt National Park the had lots of limestone outcrops and some of the biggest roos we had seen so far.


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    We arrived in Tibooburra on dusk with some large black clouds following behind. Decided to stay in the Family Hotel. Great atmoshere and even better murals on the walls. Secure parking was arranged by the publican. He parked his ute behind our bikes.

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    Secure parking.

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    It's not only late night revellers that needed a little support in Tbooburra.

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    Next day off to Broken Hill.


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    A quick stop at Milparnka, the pub was closed and on to Packsaddle.

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    Still plenty of red sand but the road was being sealed in sections. Creek crossings showed evidence of major flooding, meter deep silt on either side of track where graders has been through.

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    Packsaddle

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    A bit knackered

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    Whose a big tough biker then!

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    The road into Broken Hill was a mixture of rough gravel and fun winding black top with plenty of varied scenery.

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    The Silver City

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    The weather was still chasing us.

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    Homeward bound

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    Olary pub beer garden - know good tyres too.
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    Right turn at Oodla Wirra and through Dawsons Gap, a fun little dirt track through a tight gorge and through the ghost town of Dawson.

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    Dawson Pub

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    Black Rock Lookout looking west. The road down was the last dirt before Adelaide. It had a series of humps crossing every few hundred meters. Got the GSs airborn. Great finish to the dirt riding.

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    Had to finish as we started with bakery stop.

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    Home again. Where next?

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  3. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    Great ride. Looks like you had perfect weather and a top run. Thanks for sharing the ride. :thumb . And welcome to the forum. :wave
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  4. billys2

    billys2 Billy

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    Thanks. the weatherwas kind but at that time of year it got dark way too early. The pubs benefited though.:freaky
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  5. PBee

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    Great report.:thumb
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  6. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Great RR and pics guys, thanks for sharing :clap
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  7. TrappedAtWork

    TrappedAtWork No Longer Trapped!

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    Thanks for the RR. Fantastic!
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  8. pops

    pops Long timer

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    Great RR .
    That trip is now on my to do.
    Thank you for posting:clap :clap Top photos.

    Cheers Ian.
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  9. billys2

    billys2 Billy

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    Thanks Ian. You've got access to some top rides from your neck of the woods. Got my GS from Andy in Pt Augusta. Think he mainly used it on extended road trips. Kept it in A1 condition.
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  10. pugsley

    pugsley Little Man

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    Nicely done fellas!
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  11. billys2

    billys2 Billy

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    :clap
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  12. Hodgo

    Hodgo TWIN Cylinder ADV

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    Top RR Guys, Nice area out there.
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  13. Paddy15

    Paddy15 n00b

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    Thanks for sharing:clap Great looking country!
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  14. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    Great report. Thanks
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  15. dav

    dav Bonsai

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    :clap great run mate, awesome RR & pics.
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