Finalist No 1 – Category 6 (Culture and Heritage)
Judges Choice Award – Category 2 (Tourist Attractions) ‘Go the Outback Loop’
Birdsville sits on the edge of the Simpson Desert some 1600 km west of Brisbane in the vast Diamantina Shire. To the south lies the legendary Birdsville Track, mapped as a stock route in 1905 and now a major touring route for Outback travellers.
In the days before Federation in 1901, a toll was payable on all stock and supplies entering South Australia from Queensland. These duties kept three excise officers busy – and Birdsville was a thriving community.
Today, Birdsville has a population of around 110 and several buildings from the early days still stand. Birdsville provides modern facilities for travelers along with many thriving businesses.
About the Outback Loop
Which Outback Loop to Innamincka?
1. Travel up the Strzelecki Track from Lyndhurst to Moomba. Follow the Dullingari Road for approximately 55 km and turn up onto the Strzelecki Track to Innamincka road. The road is well signposted. (Lyndhurst is your last fuel point. No services are available from Moomba unless prior permission is obtained from SANTOS).
2. Travel from Birdsville to Innamincka via Cordillo Downs.
3. Travel from Nappa Merrie to Innamincka if accessing from Queensland through Thargomindah or Tibooburra via Warri Gate.
4. Travel from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner, on to Merty Merty, Moomba and Innamincka via the Dullingari Road and Strzelecki Track.
The following companies have regular tours to Innamincka. Don’t forget to mention The Outback Loop™ when you contact them!
Air Central West
(ex various Australian destinations)
Dick Langs Desert Air
Outback Aussie Tours
Outback Spirit Tours
(ex Charleville, Brisbane)