The Outback Loop® by road
- 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 the last fuel point. No services are available from Moomba unless prior permission is obtained from Santos.
- Travel from Birdsville to Innamincka via Cordillo Downs.
- Travel from Nappa Merrie to Innamincka if accessing from Queensland through Thargomindah or Tibooburra via Warri Gate.
- Travel from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner, on to Merty Merty, Moomba and Innamincka via the Dullingari Road and Strzelecki Track.
The Outback Loop® by air
- A lot of visitors fly in to Birdsville. The town boasts a 1732 m bitumen airstrip and a 1200 m brown silt clay cross strip – conveniently, just a short stroll from the Birdsville Hotel.
- Birdsville is serviced by four flights a week on Rex Airlines. Flights arrive from Brisbane each Monday and Thursday, travelling on to Mount Isa. The return service operates each Tuesday and Friday.
- There is also an airstrip in Innamincka. There are no regular scheduled passenger services, but many tour operators offer flights as part of tour packages.
Three Corners Itinerary
Many 4WD adventurers aim to visit important places of interest across Australia, including, for example, the corner markers that indicate where state and territory lines meet. Three of these corner markers are within The Outback Loop, well worth a side trip while you’re in our part of the world.
While you can, of course, see the three corners in any order or from any direction, our Three-corner Adventure is an itinerary that starts at Cameron Corner (where Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet), heads to Haddon Corner (where South Australia meets Queensland), and finishes at Poeppel Corner (where Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory meet).
The area around Cameron Corner offers spectacular photography opportunities as well as a glimpse of history – you’ll see the Corner Post as well as a section of the world’s longest fence, constructed to separate livestock in south-east Australia from dingos and wild dogs in Central Australia, and stretching over 5,500 kilometres.
The Cameron Corner Store is a small and very friendly store where you can buy takeaway food and fuel supplies. You’ll also find a range of accommodation options, including powered and un-powered campsites with a camp kitchen for self-catering.
From Cameron Corner, travel to Innamincka via Merty Merty. Be sure to stop and check out the Old Yellow Bus between Cameron Corner and Merty Merty; it’s become a real icon on this stretch of road.
The Innamincka Hotel offers a range of accommodation, meals and ice cold drinks. If camping is more your style, the banks of Cooper Creek are hard to beat. To get the full impact of the beauty of this river system, you can arrange a river cruise or hire a kayak through the Innamincka Hotel. Visit the Australian Inland Mission building to learn about the history of the area (including its place in the story of the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills). Innamincka also has a store – the Trading Post – where you can stock up on fuel and basic supplies.
After leaving Innamincka, travel a short distance back into Queensland and head north on the Arrabury Road via Nappa Merrie and Arrabury. While travelling this route, be sure to visit the Dig Tree, an important part of the Burke and Wills story.
At the northern end of the Arrabury Road, you’ll come to a well-signposted turnoff to your left, marked Haddon Corner. This corner post of South Australia and Queensland does not have any facilities, so if you want to camp here, you do need to be totally self-sufficient.
After leaving Haddon Corner, take the Birdsville Developmental Road and head towards Birdsville, where you’ll be able to re-stock your fuel and food supplies, and arrange mechanical repairs if needed. For a range of accommodation, meals, and ice-cold drinks, make your way to the iconic Birdsville Hotel and enjoy some warm and welcoming outback hospitality. If you’re a camper or caravanner, enjoy the well-appointed Birdsville Caravan Park.
When you’ve had your fill of Birdsville (you can always come back!), you can venture to the meeting point for South Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory. Poeppel Corner is the most remote of the three corners in this itinerary, and is located in the heart of the mighty Simpson Desert.
You’ll travel from Birdsville to Poeppel Corner along the QAA Line – a true desert journey that requires careful preparation and is suitable only for 4WD vehicles. You’ll also need a desert parks pass to travel through this region.
When you get to Poeppel Corner, you’ll be taken aback by the remoteness and stark beauty of the surrounding area. There are no facilities here, with camping the only accommodation option.
After marking off this third corner on your itinerary, you have a choice to make. You can continue on a Simpson Desert crossing towards Mt Dare, or get a shorter (but just as spectacular) taste of the desert by travelling south down the K1 line and re-joining the famous Birdsville Track.
Touring The Outback Loop®
The following companies offer regular outback tours. Don’t forget to mention The Outback Loop® when you contact them!
Air Central West
(ex various Australian locations)
Banksia Adventures Pty Ltd
Central Eagle Aviation
Dick Langs Desert Air
Outback Aussie Tours
Outback Spirit Tours
(ex Charleville, Brisbane)