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Birdsville Track with caravan


I recently did the Strzelecki Track with a Cub camper, which was easy going.

Picking up a 17' Goldsteam "Rhino" offroad caravan, single axle, independent suspension, 16" AT tyres.

Would like to travel the Strzelecki from Maree to Birdsville in August.

You advice on whether the van can handle the track would be most welcome.

Tony 



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Gday...

I believe that it is a quite acceptable unsealed road most of the time ... depending on when graded and/or weather.

It is certainly a busy road between May and September - particularly at Birdsville races time.

This site gives a bit of an insight -

Route: Marree Via The Birdsville Track (520kms)

Once Australias most hazardous stock route, the Birdsville Track is still an unsealed road but maintained so that you can travel in either a 4WD or SUV with a caravan or camper trailer. The road conditions can vary and you may find yourself travelling over a diverse range of surfaces from sand dunes to gibber pains. Watch out for ponded water after heavy rains.

https://birdsvillehotel.com.au/getting-to-birdsville/getting-to-birdsville-by-road/

Cheers - John

 



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I would be putting the van through a pretty thorough testing prior to tackling the track - Ensure your "Road Service" provider covers the van. A tow out will cost thousands of dollars. We have done it on many "Safari " trips (average 40 vehicles) but always have had to require our safari mechanic fix several vehicles and Camper trailers en route. Travel with companion vehicle if possible. Do not attempt after rain.

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Thanks for your input Guys.

Picking the van up from Melbourne, before heading home.  Are there some corrugated roads out of Melbourne that I can spend the day on? [so I can take it back for any remedial work that may present] 

Tony



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Tonystef wrote:

Would like to travel the Strzelecki from Maree to Birdsville in August.


 That is the Birdsvill Track, not the Strzelecki Track which goes to Innamincka.

In any case, they are both generally good graded roads. Just take it quietly.

If it looks like rain, forget it.

Cheers,

Peter



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