Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Flinders Ranges and Outback VG
56 flindersandoutback.com.au | strzelecki track Strzelecki TRACK Cattle thief Harry Redford originally blazed the Strzelecki Track, droving cattle from Outback Queensland to Adelaide. Although he was caught, a legend was born along with a new cattle route from the channel country to Farina. The Strzelecki Track starts at Lyndhurst and travels to Innamincka where you can discover the incredible but tragic adventure of inland explorers Burke and Wills. Today, the Strzelecki is a well-trodden track servicing the Cooper Basin’s Moomba gas field. Start your journey by following the ‘Fast Track’ itinerary on page 41 and travel on through the sandy desert to the Cooper Creek and Coongie Lakes where you can stop for a swim before making your way to Outback Queensland, whether it’s Thargomindah in the east or Birdsville in the north-west. LYNDHURST TO INNAMINCKA map references F5 and H3, page 18 Starting from Lyndhurst, you’ll pass the Gibber Plains between Mount Lyndhurst and Mount Freeling before arriving at the longest fence in the world, the Dog Fence. Montecollina Bore is a great camping area with a hot water artesian bore near Lake Blanche. A detour on a 4WD track will bring you to Cameron Corner – the Lyndhurst Innamincka Thargomindah SOUTHAUSTRALIAQUEENSLANDNEWSOUTHWALES Gateway to Flinders Ranges and Outback Australia Quandong Café is now situated at the Copley Cabin Park. All day cooked breakfast available. • Eight ensuite cabins, four non-ensuite, four two bedroom family ensuite, three purpose-built handicapped cabins • All-cabins are provided with reverse-cycle air-conditioning, linen and doonas • Full cooking facilities Ph/Fax: (08) 8675 2288 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org COPLEY CABIN PARK & QUANDONG CAFE spot where South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland all meet in Sturt National Park. Permission is required to cross Bollards Lagoon. Back on the Strzelecki Track, there is a viewing platform of the oil and gas operation at Moomba, although visitors are prohibited from entering the town unless in need of urgent medical assistance. INNAMINCKA 464 kilometres from Lyndhurst map reference H3, page 18 Innamincka is a small town at the end of the Strzelecki Track, 40 kilometres from the Queensland border. It boasts a refurbished hotel (complete with an air-conditioned beer garden called ‘Outamincka’), laundry and shower amenities, a trading post, three airstrips and the Australian Inland Mission building established in 1928 by Reverend John Flynn. Dine ‘Outamincka’ style at the Innamincka Hotel and experience an authentic Outback pub. Mobile and Wi-Fi facilities are available. The Innamincka Regional Reserve surrounds the town and is an oasis of waterholes lined with ancient coolabahs and river gums. Camping permits are available from the Innamincka Trading Post. Visit the gravesites of Outback explorers Burke, Wills and King. The famous Dig Tree lies just over the Queensland border and can be reached by crossing Cooper Creek via the Burke and Wills Lyndhurst to Innamincka. Bridge. It marks the spot where provisions for the famous explorers Burke and Wills were hidden underground by their travelling companions who headed home just eight hours before the duo arrived. Fishing in Cooper Creek within Malkumba– Coongie Lakes National Park is prohibited. It’s important that you fish only in permitted areas. Ancient Aboriginal rock carvings can be found at the eastern end of this popular fishing and picnic spot, Cullyamurra Waterhole – listed under the Ramsar Wetlands Convention as desert wetlands of international importance. Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park is a must-visit. See birdlife and beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the still waters of these superb lakes. Restrictions apply, visit the Innamincka Regional Reserve headquarters and Visitor Information Outlet located in the Australian Inland Mission building, before you head out. INNAMINCKA TO THARGOMINDAH The next major centre across the border from South Australia to Queensland is Thargomindah in Bulloo Shire. En route it traces the path of Australian explorers Burke and Wills. Watch the scenery change on your way to Thargomindah through Grey Range, where emus, kangaroos and birdlife abound. THARGOMINDAH 372 kilometres from Innamincka First gazetted as a town in 1874, Thargomindah lies on the banks of the Bulloo River in Queensland. Kings Marker Campsite and Memorial, Innamincka WITCHELINA NATURE RESERVE Advertisement on page 12 www.naturefoundation.org.au Visit Witchelina, a conservation reserve owned by Nature Foundation SA located 27 kilometres west of Farina. Two self-guided 4WD loops and camping available. More ecotourism ventures planned in the future. Watch this space!
Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide