Brisbane to Birdsville

Via Adelaide

{Part 1 – A giant burger, a lonely pub and a rather special tree}

While we are waiting (im)patiently for our brand new camper trailer to arrive (fingers crossed it’s not too far away), I thought I would share some memories from our wonderful 4wd expedition through the desert in 2013. I really can’t believe that it has been 2 years since our convoy took off into the horizon, for the adventure of a lifetime. So, grab a cuppa, make yourself comfy and get ready for a trip down memory lane.

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

Let me first introduce the crew: my brothers, Lee and Karl, my parents, Karen and Gavin and my husband, Andrew.

Our trip began on August 17, 2013 when three 4 wheel drives and a camper trailer pulled out through the front gate of the family farm and pointed their noses west towards our first overnight stop: Nindigully

Located just before St George, the pub was perched on the banks of the Moonie River and was a great first night location… well at least it was for me, as I had my ear plugs. But I’ll get back to that in a moment.

We set up camp in the free campground and wandered over to the pub, settled ourselves onto the verandah and chatted with a cool beverage in hand. Everything I had heard about the pub before we arrived was that we just had to try the ‘Road Train Burger’; 5.5kg in total, including over 1kg of meat patty and a whole can of beetroot, it sure was big…. and we ordered 2 between the 6 of us! Even with valiant efforts, the blokes still ended up eating the leftovers for breakfast the next day.

 

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

Back to the ear plugs…. they were intended to stop the snoring of my brother camped nearby (a few layers of canvas does not provide enough sound proofing) but instead they provided me with hours of restful slumber while some other campers partied the night away and the rest of our convoy tossed and turned. Ear plugs… the best camping investment ever.

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

The next day we did some big kilometres, lunched at a lovely little park in Bollon where we watched the emus roam the streets and camped on the banks of the Paroo River in a nice little free camp. We fished (caught nothing), sat around the fire and enjoyed the serenity. Next stop… the desert.

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

Ah the desert, it was so nice to get to take my family to one of my favourite places. It might sound strange to say that the desert is a favourite of mine, but it really can be beautiful. So vast and desolate but at the same time there is delicate beauty in the wild flowers and the shifting sands. It always makes me take a deep breath and slow down. 

We camped on the banks of the beautiful Cullyamurra Waterhole outside Innamincka on the Cooper Creek. It was such a great spot that we stayed an extra night. 

 

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

On the intervening day we hiked to the Aboriginal rock carvings at the choke of the waterhole. We didn’t realise that the 4km mentioned in the guidebook started from the end of the camping area (the opposite end to where we were camping and it was a loooong campground). After realising that the walk was a lot longer than we anticipated, Dad walked back to camp and picked us up in the ute. I haven’t had a ride like that in a long time, it was so much fun! 

 

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

To cool down after our hike we headed into Innamincka town for lunch and a drink. A tiny town consisting of a pub, store and a couple other buildings. We also ventured out to the dig tree to see where the story of Burke and Wills met such a terrible end. An interesting place to be sure. 

Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1
Brisbane to Birdsville via Adelaide {2013 4wd Trip} – Part 1

Next, we head south through Cameron Corner to Adelaide.