Birdsville and Diamantina Australia - May 2013 Queensland Run

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gkNQ, May 19, 2013.

  1. gkNQ

    gkNQ Northern Adventurer

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    Hello adv riders,

    More of a pictorial than a full on ride report.

    The annual Queensland get together is held in May each year and this year the destination was changed from Springsure to Birdsville to catch up with fellow adv riders from all over Australia to remember Tugboat Bill.

    Barra, Dirty Boar, Kenno and myself left Townsville at 6.30am with the destination Outback Jack's place at Barcaldine late in the afternoon.

    200km's south west of Townsville the dirt starts with only small bits of tar for the next 3000 km.

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    We travelled via Natal Downs, Kyong and Fleetwood Stations to Lake Dunn, then Aramac.

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    Lake Dunn

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    Great BBQ at OBJ's place that night and also met up with Charlie59.

    Next day we headed to Windorah via Isisford and Yaraka

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    Coffee at Isisford, also met up with Sitdownman from Longreach


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    Meeting up with Speedwobble, showed us a great back way to Yaraka
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    Kenno

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    Plenty of black soil, not the place to be if it rains.

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    Barra

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    The lookout at Yaraka

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    Time for a cuppa

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    Yep that is a finch

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    The biggest cattle station sign that I have seen

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    Into Windorah, camped at the pub and met up with Macadoo, Chop Chop and Kato

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    Next day on to Birdsville. The tar is slowly heading west, a new 100km section.

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    Phil and Bill have been here, motorbikin!

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    The hole in the hill

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    The view from Dion's lookout, looking west towards Birdsville

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    Birdsville in the afternoon, 36 degrees in the shade.

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    A shady camp on grass in Birdsville

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    A few of the group rode to big red while four of us took a flight to get a different view.

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    Rear Gunner Dale

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    Co Pilot Barra

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    Big Red and the QAA French Line..........Reflections and cheers to Bill

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    Kenno at Big Red

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    OBJ at Big Red

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    Due to a few of us having work commitments later in the week we had to leave Monday morning and miss Bill's farewell that evening.

    North to Bedourie

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    OBJ

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    Heading towards Coorabulka Station

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    And into the Diamantina National Park and our camp for the night

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    Next day, heading north to Winton for lunch and fuel after a 575 km leg

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    Dale on the BMW 650
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    Old Cork Station

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    The last bit of dirt into Winton where we split up to head for home
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    The Far North Queensland mob heading for home. Last night camped behind the Prairie Hotel, steaks all round!

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    A great trip with great company, thank you every one and look forward to our next ride.

    And to Bill, you have inspired many to do what we do.

    gk
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  2. jtb

    jtb Long timer

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    Great pics from a great ride for a great cause! :clap:clap:clap:clap
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  3. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    :clap:clap:clap Great pics, you guys had great weather, thanks for sharing :thumb
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  4. UncleGra

    UncleGra Sus pensioner and Fear Bighter

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    Excellent pics blokes...beautiful around that area...had a ride out there coupla years ago...Diamantina Lakes from Coorabulka was still underwater, so I didn't see them....great egg and bacon roll at that Isisford cafe..was the nice blonde lady still there..??

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  5. johnno950

    johnno950 Long timer

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    Great photos story etc,has charlie got a yamaha xtz660 now?
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  6. Toiretto

    Toiretto Getting into it!

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    Amazing pictures! "The whole in the hill", my favorite. Thank you for sharing.
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  7. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Awesome Pics I was there for some of it and dont remember it looking that good :thumb
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  8. charlie59

    charlie59 Been here awhile

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    good stuff gk, except for the closeup.:fpalm
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  9. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    A picture tells a thousand words :deal .......................... love pictorials :clap

    Thanks for sharing :thumb
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  10. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Nice Pics Kaney - did you do the ton on your 990 down the gravel?
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  11. Kenno

    Kenno Been here awhile

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    Thanks GK, it was a bloody great ride in bloody great company, photos brought it right back.

    Thanks for the excellent Ride Report.

    Cheers

    Ken
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  12. ADVFlyer

    ADVFlyer Long Distance Rider

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    Excellent photos. How hard was it to ride deep bulldust?
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  13. gkNQ

    gkNQ Northern Adventurer

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    Advflyer, Was not too bad as the dust patches were not sharp edged. The odd bit around a corner got your attention quickly, for me it was keeping my speed at a pace that allowed me time to react.

    Craig, nah getting used to the bike plus I run out of talent a bit less than the magic mark.
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  14. gkNQ

    gkNQ Northern Adventurer

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    Unclegra, lady had brown hair and a big sense of humor, made us very welcome. The bacon an egg roles exactly the same, did not need food for the rest of the day.
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  15. WILL_S

    WILL_S OUTLAW POSTIE 001

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    awesome pics
    thanks
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  16. Chop Chop

    Chop Chop Hector erector

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    Nice work Graham
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  17. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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    Great pics, great RR!
    The aerial shots give a good perspective of Big Red. :clap
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  18. 59DEN

    59DEN Long timer

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    Cheers for the RR, really enjoyed the aerial views of the Simpson and Birdsville.
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  19. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    :thumb - magic
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  20. The Cougar

    The Cougar Barry Dawson's Twin

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    Great RR and great piccies. Thanks for sharing.
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