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Outback Stations to Birdsville Tour (12 days)


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The year 2020 has been unprecedented, first with terrible bushfires and then the shutdown that affected all of us due to Covid 19. Here at Great Divide Tours we were like many, basically shutdown from January until the middle of the year. Its fair to say that our Outback touring season for 2020 has been virtually wiped out. BUT – there is a glimmer of hope that we can start to travel a little bit and as the weeks go by things keep opening up. So I have put together a couple of shorter outback trips that might just inspire you to get back to camping and seeing the outback in 2020. The first is our Outback NSW Freedom trip, see the separate itinerary and webpage for it. The second one is the Outback Stations to Birdsville Tour. Apart from providing you with the opportunity to enjoy seeing the outback again in the safety of our tour groups, these trips will also provide GDT itself with some much needed cash flow. However, I have also designed them around the local bush businesses that have also suffered so badly during these trying times. The plan being to inject some much need cash into their meagre economies.

We are expecting the Queensland borders to open by the end of July so the plan is to drive to Birdsville. Along the way we will stop at three fantastic station stays to share the love (income). This includes the fabulous Trilby Station on the Darling River and Kilcowera Station just over the border near Hungerford. Both of these stations have been shutdown for months and prior to that in the depths of the terrible drought. Both stations have received good rains so the drought is breaking for them and for us, it means our camping sites will have water views over the river and lakes that are found at each property. We will also spend two nights at each of these locations allowing us time to explore the stations and learn more about life in the outback. Then we will move to another station east of Qulipie where there is also camping overlooking a waterhole. From here we head west stopping overnight at Windorah and then onto Birdsville for two nights. Whilst here we will take you over Big Red and into the Simpson Desert as far as Eyre Creek – returning in time to watch sunset from atop Big Red.

Our return journey also ticks off the big ticket items of the Birdsville Track, Walkers Crossing, Innamincka, the Dig Tree, Cameron Corner, Tibooburra and Broken Hill.

Includes
Station access fees, camping fees, national park fees, Dinner at the Birdsville Hotel, Dinner at Tibooburra and Motel/Hotel accommodation at Tibooburra.

Basic Requirements for this Tour

The 4WD
Suitable to 4WDrives with high and low range. 
Suitable for Off Road Camper Trailers
Your 4WD should have recovery points located at the front and rear
We recommend heavy duty springs and shock absorbers and a cargo barrier
A vehicle pre-trip check prior to departure is recommended

Fuel
Petrol engines  100 litres   
Diesel engines   80 litres             

Spares/equipment

A UHF radio – we can hire you a radio
Carry a snatch strap and rated shackles (see our shop if you need recovery equipment)
Spare fan belts, fuel filter, oil and brake fluid
Assorted fuses of 10amp, 15 amp and 20 amp to suit the vehicle plus spare fuses for UHF radio and fridge

Driver experience 
Prior experience not necessary as we will assist you as we go or you might consider attending our driver training course. - Do you require Driver Training?

Food
This is a self catered tour apart from our stop at Birdsville & Tibooburra, bring your own food and drink requirements, we supply a gas BBQ for your use in camp. Carry 3 extra days of emergency food supplies.
It is reccommended that you carry at least 20 litres of water.

Camping gear
You need to supply your own camping gear, this is a camping tour there is no accommodation option. Suitable for Off Road Camper Trailers.

Facilities
There are toilets and showers at some of our camp sites.

More Info – will be sent to you once you register with your deposit

AccredNo 4WD?
We can help with the Hire of a 4WD

Refund Policy
Deposits are non refundable. If your booking can be reallocated to another participant then the deposit can be transferred to another tour of your choice which must be taken within 18 months of the original booked tour. The full tour fee is payable 6 weeks prior to the tour and is not refundable after this time. You should consider taking out Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances including illness, vehicle problems or family matters.

 

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