Birdsville Races 2017

(Camping on the Diamantina)

Birdsville Races


The Team
The Team - Princess Colleen (Bottom Left), Boss Cowboy (Top Left) and Camp Commandant (Right)

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Vehicle Preparation
Protection for Caravan
Under Caravan Protection
added for pipes and wiring
Protection for Caravan
Under Caravan Protection added for pipes and wiring
Gas Bottle Protection
Some protection for the gas bottles and caravan front
D-Max rear window protection for the dirt road
D-Max rear window protection for the dirt road
The Trip to Birdsvile
Map with trip details Home to  Birdsville
Map with trip details Home to Birdsville
First night at free camping at the Miles Rest Stop
First night at free camping at the Miles Rest Stop
First night at Miles Rest Stop free camping
First night at Miles Rest Stop free camping
Second night at Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville
Second night at Evening Star Tourist Park Charleville
Denis and the dunny dump task at  Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville
Denis and the dunny task at Evening Star Tourist Park
Paul after a big shower at the Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville
Paul after a big shower at the Evening Star Tourist Park
Road grader towing his accommocation at Charleville
Road grader towing his home at Charleville
Rest stop from a cuppa at Quilpie
Rest stop from a cuppa at Quilpie
3rd night free camping on Cooper Creek near Windorah
3rd night free camping on Cooper Creek Windorah
Colleen and Paul at third night free camp on Cooper Creek
Colleen and Paul 3rd night free camp on Cooper Creek
Paul fishing Cooper Creek
Paul fishing
at Cooper Creek
Paul and the long single tar near Windorah
Paul and the long single
tar near Windorah
Cattle on the road
Cattle
on the road
Deon's Lookout with the long drop and our Rig
Deon's Lookout with the
long drop and our Rig
View from Deon's Lookout
View from
Deon's Lookout
Colleen and Paul at Deon's Lookout, Diamantina Development Road
Colleen and Paul at
Deon's Lookout
Paul and dreamtime serpent sculpture near Betoota, Diamantina Development Road
Paul and dreamtime serpent sculpture near Betoota
Dreamtime Serpent Sculpture near Betoota
Dreamtime Serpent
Sculpture near Betoota
Jerry can holder broke on the way in to Birdsville - No Diesel lost!
Jerry can holder broke on
the way in to Birdsville
Cooper Creek - 3rd Camp on the way to Birdsville
Cooper Creek - 3rd Camp on the way to Birdsville

Deon's Lookout on the Diamantina Development Road
Deon's Lookout Diamantina Development Road
Birdsville
Diamantina Shire Sign
Diamantina Shire
Sign
We have arrived in Birdsville
We have arrived
in Birdsville
Home camp in Birdsville on the Diamantina without water views
Home camp in Birdsville on the Diamantina River
Home camp in Birdsville on the Diamantina without water view
Home camp in Birdsville on the Diamantina River
Home camp early morning Birdsville
Home camp early morning Birdsville
Map of Birdsville Township showing our Camp Site
Map of Birdsville Township showing our Camp Site
Artesian bore that supplies Birdsville with water
Artesian bore that supplies Birdsville with water
The Birdsville Bakery
The Birdsville
Bakery
Entrance to Birdsville from Bedourle (North)
Entrance to Birdsville from Bedourle (North)
Denis, Colleen and Paul at the Birdsville Hardware sign
Denis, Colleen and Paul Birdsville Hardware sign
Paul 'Boss Cowboy' checking out Birdsville
Paul 'Boss Cowboy'
checking out Birdsville
Old building in Birdsville
Old building in
Birdsville
The Hill Top Grubs basic base camping
The 'Hill Top Grubs' basic base camping
Denis and Colleen making their way to the Birdsville Pub
Denis and Colleen at
the Birdsville Pub
Colleen having a drink at the Birdsville Pub
Colleen having a drink
at the Birdsville Pub
Paul having his first drink at the Birdsville Pub
Paul having his first drink
at the Birdsville Pub
Inside the Birdsville Pub
Inside the
Birdsville Pub
Desert Queen in Birdsville
Desert Queen
in Birdsville
Denis doing a Nathan at the fight tent
Denis doing a Nathan
at the fight tent
Colleen and Paul checking out the fight tent
Colleen and Paul checking out the fight tent
Bit of Bull riding in Birdsville
Bit of Bull riding
in Birdsville
Colleen and Paul in SA with the Queensland border in the background
Colleen and Paul at the
SA and Qld border
Denis and Colleen in SA with the Queensland border in the background
Denis and Colleen at the
SA and Qld border
Paul on Little Red in the Simpson Desert
Paul on Little Red in the Simpson Desert
Denis at one of the Littel Red velicle crossings signs.  Note the rubber cover on the D-Max to protect the rear widdow while towing
Denis and the Tud
at base of Big Red
Yep even in Birdsville Paul found a Monaro
Yep even in Birdsville
Paul found a Monaro
Denis on Little Red
Denis
on Little Red
Colleen and Paul at the Birdsville Races entrance
Colleen and Paul at the Birdsville Races entrance
Denis and Paul removing dust!
Denis and Paul
removing the dust!
Drinkers at the Birdsville Races
Drinkers at the
Birdsville Races
Birdsville Races XXXX attendees
Birdsville Races
XXXX attendees
Birdsville Races attendees dress ups!
Birdsville Races some
attendees dress ups!
Paul placing a race bet
Paul placing a bet
on the cup race
Paul backed the Birdsville Cup winner - Fast Fella!
Paul backed the Birdsville Cup winner - Fast Fella!
Paul and his flavor Bookie 'Brooke Power' picking up his Birdsville Cup  winnings
Paul and his flavor Bookie 'Brooke Power'
The finsh line at the Birdsville Races
The finsh line at the
Birdsville Races
Paul and Denis - Denis toasting Paul with his Birdsville Cup win!
Paul and Denis toasting
Paul's Birdsville Cup win!
Paul at one of the Water Point - toping up for the trip home
Paul at one of
the Water Point
Time to leave Birdsville after a great few days 
Time to leave Birdsville
after a great few days
The Birdsville Races
The Birdsville Races

Traffic jam in Birdsville while leaving the Birdsville Races
Traffic jam in Birdsville while leaving the Birdsville Races
The Trip Home
Map with trip details Birdsville to Home
Map with trip details
Birdsville to Home
Arriving at Betoota Ghost Town
Arriving at Betoota
Ghost Town
The abandon Betoota pub - Betoota is a ghost town!
The abandon Betoota Pub
in the Ghost Town!
Paul at the old abandon Betoota pub bar
Paul at the old abandon Betoota pub bar
Paul with the empty bottles display at the old Betoota pub
Paul with empty bottles display old Betoota pub
Paul at the 1st night camp on the way home at Cooper Creek near Windorah
Paul 1st night camp on the way home at Cooper Creek
Lots of Emu's sighted on the trip
Lots of Emu's sighted
on the trip
The Fox Trap at Queensland's tiniest town, Cooladdi
The Fox Trap Hotel
Cooladdi
Lunch at Cooladdi, Queensland's tiniest town
Lunch at Cooladdi Queensland's tiniest town
2nd night at the Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville - Old caravan at the entrance
2nd night at the Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville
Camp ovens in the Park at Charleville
Camp ovens in the Park
at Charleville
Bit of entertainment in the Park at Charleville
Bit of entertainment in the Park at Charleville
Leaving the Evening Star Tourist Park.  Great 2nd night stop to get water, have a big shower and dump the dunny!
This mainly for rest, water, shower plus dump the dunny!
Kangaroo tracks at Morven - Denis at the morning tea stop!
Kangaroo tracks at Morven - Denis morning tea stop
Lots of Kangaroos sighted on the trip.  This mob at Morven!
Lots of Kangaroos
sighted on the trip.
Paul at the 3rd night free camp going home at Miles Rest Stop
Paul at the 3rd night free camp going home at Miles

Birdsville Travel Report

Painting 'Grid' on the way to Birdsville
Painting: 'Grid' on the way to Birdsville by Denis Hare
Damage and other issues 
The preparations we made including the protectiion of the pipes and wires under the caravan, screening the caravan gas bottles on the drawbar, etc, plus covering the D-Max rear canopy window with rubber help minimised damage.  However we did have a jerry can bracket break (metal fatigue) on the dirt going into to Birdsville.  The bracket was located on the rear of the caravan with Gas Bottle ProtectionProtection for Caravan20lts of spare diesel.  This bracket had been installed on the caravan for about 5 years after we almost run out of fuel in the Northern Territory.   Diesel was not lost! 

On the dirt on the way out we lost the caravan trailer plug but managed to get a replacement plug in Windorah and did a roadside repaired.  In hindsight, an  adaptor  (7 pin round (D-Max) to 7 pin flat (caravan)) was used since we lost the Narava D40 in Perth and this should have been replaced to all 7 pin round before the trip.  Also the dust cover on the D-Max anderson plug was broken.

Jerry can holder broke on the way in to Birdsville - No Diesel lost!D-Max rear window protection for the dirt roadOther issues were more maintenance then damage (caravan is over 8 years old);  Door lock handle broke, one window came open while travelling (on going issue since new), one 240VAC GPO (kitchen) and one over bed 12V lamp stopped working.   Just a pain as work around had to be used during the trip!

Dirt road in from Windorah 
About 270km (540km total) was dirt road and was in good condition (recently graded) on the way in to Birdsville but was starting to have issues as we headed home.   Thank god it didn't rain!  The biggest problems was moving over to let the Caravan Scupper Vent open on the dirt road at Betoota
fast moving 4WD's, many with camper trailers, pass us, as they were travelling way above our 70-75km.   Lots more flying rocks when you move over to the edge from the road and passing vehicles!  We did reduce both the D-Max and the caravan tyres by 20% for the dirt road.
The caravan got little dust because of the scupper vent at its front which pressurised the inside.  The scupper we had never used before and now we highly recommend.  The only caravan vent we covered was the door gas safely vent just while travelling on the dirt.  The D-Max canopy you could have grown tomatos in the dust!  Maybe it needs a scupper vent if we do any more long dirt trips!   The D-Max also got a mark or two from flying rocks.  There was evidence of rock hits on the temporary rubber protecting the canopy Brakes both front damagedrear window plus a few rocks found laying on the rear bumper and the caravan firewood basket on the drawbar.  On checking after we got home the two front caravan brakes had damaged wires and the front water tank protection plate moved about 5cm.  Also the drain inline tap was damaged with a very small leak.

Water Tank IssuesSummary  
Having a caravan with simplicity suspension, high clearance and front/sides plating plus the  preparations we did, save us getting lots of damage, we beleive.   When purchased, we never intended to take the caravan off the 'black' and this will be its first and last time, as the risk of serious damage was high!  Love the D-Max, its a great towing vehicle and easy on fuel.   It was a great experience as you can see from the photos above.

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