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Old 11-16-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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January 2013: Sydney-Birdsville-Townsville-QLD coast back to Sydney

Fellow riders,

Planning a 20 day, 6000km trip in Jan 2013 as follows:

(1) Sydney, NSW
(2) Orange, NSW
(3) Dubbo, NSW
(4) Nyngan, NSW
(5) Bourke, NSW
(6) Cunnamulla, QLD
(7) Thargomindah, QLD
(8) Quilpie, QLD
(9) Windorah, QLD
(10) Birdsville, QLD
(11) Boulia, QLD
(12) Kennedy Developmental Rd
(13) Winton, QLD
(14) Hughenden, QLD
(15) Charters Towers, QLD
(16) Townsville, QLD
(17) Airlie Beach, QLD
(18) Hamilton Island, QLD
(19) Mackay, QLD
(20) Rockhampton, QLD
(21) Gladstone, QLD
(22) Bundaberg, QLD
(23) Hervey Bay, QLD
(24) Tin Can Bay, QLD
(25) Eulama, QLD
(26) Noosa Heads, QLD
(27) Peregian Beach, QLD
(28) Marcoola, QLD
(29) Mooloolaba, QLD
(30) Buddina, QLD
(31) Brisbane, QLD
(32) Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd
(33) Byron Bay, NSW
(34) Coffs Harbour, NSW
(35) Port Macquarie, NSW
(36) Sydney, NSW

Any thoughts, suggestions welcome.

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:55 AM   #2
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Four things I see wrong with your plan.
  1. Heat
  2. Wet Season
  3. Lot of bitumen
  4. I can't come with you
Just JEALOUS. Give it a go.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:56 AM   #3
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In January??, you're mad. The country in NW NSW and SW QLD kills people at that time of year.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:04 AM   #4
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:33 AM   #5
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Fellow riders,

Planning a 20 day, 6000km trip in Jan 2013 as follows:

(1) Sydney, NSW
(2) Orange, NSW
(3) Dubbo, NSW
(4) Nyngan, NSW
(5) Bourke, NSW
(6) Cunnamulla, QLD
(7) Thargomindah, QLD
(8) Quilpie, QLD
(9) Windorah, QLD
(10) Birdsville, QLD
(11) Boulia, QLD
(12) Kennedy Developmental Rd
(13) Winton, QLD
(14) Hughenden, QLD
(15) Charters Towers, QLD
(16) Townsville, QLD
(17) Airlie Beach, QLD
(18) Hamilton Island, QLD
(19) Mackay, QLD
(20) Rockhampton, QLD
(21) Gladstone, QLD
(22) Bundaberg, QLD
(23) Hervey Bay, QLD
(24) Tin Can Bay, QLD
(25) Eulama, QLD
(26) Noosa Heads, QLD
(27) Peregian Beach, QLD
(28) Marcoola, QLD
(29) Mooloolaba, QLD
(30) Buddina, QLD
(31) Brisbane, QLD
(32) Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd
(33) Byron Bay, NSW
(34) Coffs Harbour, NSW
(35) Port Macquarie, NSW
(36) Sydney, NSW

Any thoughts, suggestions welcome.

I will be going through Birdsville on the 17th of Dec then down through Tibooburra Wilcannia down to Wollongong, then across to Broken Hill up through the Flinders on to Oodnadatta and back to Darwin. Aiming to be back in Darwin on the 4th of January. If you PM me a contact will let you know what its like
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:33 AM   #6
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Good luck to ya.........but as the others have said HOT & up north Humid/Wet.
Not for me at that time of year.

Another point to consider is less passing traffic in the remote parts & therefor less Help if needed.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #7
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Good luck to ya.........but as the others have said HOT & up north Humid/Wet.
Not for me at that time of year.

Another point to consider is less passing traffic in the remote parts & therefor less Help if needed.

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:44 AM   #8
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Thanks guys - looks like I will have to make sure we stay hydrated. I am not too keen on bitumen either, but need to finish in 20 days. For some reason I have to visit Birdsville - need to go and see Big Red - not sure why. Perhaps because I have not been in the outback yet. Would like to see what it's really like.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:50 AM   #9
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Must be winter in the NT, heading south .
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:53 AM   #10
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Fellow riders,

Planning a 20 day, 6000km trip in Jan 2013 as follows:

(1) Sydney, NSW
(2) Orange, NSW
(3) Dubbo, NSW
(4) Nyngan, NSW
(5) Bourke, NSW
(6) Cunnamulla, QLD
(7) Thargomindah, QLD
(8) Quilpie, QLD
(9) Windorah, QLD
(10) Birdsville, QLD
(11) Boulia, QLD
(12) Kennedy Developmental Rd
(13) Winton, QLD
(14) Hughenden, QLD
(15) Charters Towers, QLD
(16) Townsville, QLD
(17) Airlie Beach, QLD
(18) Hamilton Island, QLD
(19) Mackay, QLD
(20) Rockhampton, QLD
(21) Gladstone, QLD
(22) Bundaberg, QLD
(23) Hervey Bay, QLD
(24) Tin Can Bay, QLD
(25) Eulama, QLD
(26) Noosa Heads, QLD
(27) Peregian Beach, QLD
(28) Marcoola, QLD
(29) Mooloolaba, QLD
(30) Buddina, QLD
(31) Brisbane, QLD
(32) Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd
(33) Byron Bay, NSW
(34) Coffs Harbour, NSW
(35) Port Macquarie, NSW
(36) Sydney, NSW

Any thoughts, suggestions welcome.
Well if it were me i would just cut out all the boring bits and just do QLD.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:55 AM   #11
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Orange to Dubbo is 150km, maybe stretch to 250 if you take every back road available. Hardly worth a full day, better to spend that time elsewhere I'd say.

Oh, and has anyone mentioned it will be as hot as the hobs of hell?!

Bloody 20 days off, you lucky lucky bastard!

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:04 AM   #12
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Looking forward to the ride report.

You will need some of these and a lot of water.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:06 AM   #13
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Better hot than never.

Like most others have said, hot and humid, but better to go when you can, rather than stay at home and wish you did! Where are you staying? There is a room for 2 near Bundy if you want or 25 acres to camp on. Jono.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:26 AM   #14
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Orange to Dubbo is 150km, maybe stretch to 250 if you take every back road available. Hardly worth a full day, better to spend that time elsewhere I'd say.
I don't think each town he mentions is an overnight destination (considering there is 36 and he is going for 20), just letting us know his route.

As others have said, it could be a bit warm, but I would have a back up plan just in case of roads being cut by rain.

Or just make up plans on the spot if roads do get cut, it's more fun that way anyway.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:27 AM   #15
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As others have said it will be bloody hot.... and usually wet enough to stop traffic. If it is unseasonably dry.... might be a goer. Take lots of water, a sat phone and let everybody know where you are and where you intend to be.

Already had a death from thirst near Birdsville only a couple of weeks ago.
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