If you couldn't make it to the Melbourne Races today then plan a road trip to the Birdsville Races in Queensland. South Australia's Daniel Kiritsis has just driven from Adelaide to Birdsville and back with amazing photography and handy hints for your trip. He works several jobs in Adelaide and still, as Rhino-Rack advocates, takes every chance to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors Australia has to offer.
(All images by Daniel Kiritsis – Check out his Instagram @danieljkiritsis
: Adelaide to Birdsville and back
: 4th / 6th September
: 2011 Nissan Navara D22 - 2.5L Turbo diesel
Jerry Can Holder (x2)
Shovel Holder Brackets
What is it about 4WDing that gets your revs up?
The thing I love about taking my 2011 Nissan Navara D22
and getting out and exploring is the feeling of remoteness that getting away from city life brings. When you get to the camp you can really relax and unwind with no contact to the ‘outside world’. Then I enjoy every moment with no distractions. Having said that, after a couple of days, coming home allows you to appreciate the simple things we take for granted such as running water, electricity and a solid roof over your head.
Why did you decide to head to Birdsville?
In mid July the idea came up to head to Birdsville (QLD) for the iconic races which were held on the 4th & 5th of September. Instead of just going straight to Birdsville and back, we thought we would make up an outback loop and spend a few days either side of our main destination.
What was the logistics of your trip?
We left Adelaide on Monday the 31st of August, for a 6-night trip. From home we drove up to Lyndhurst where we joined the infamous Strzelecki Track with our destination being Innamincka. After a day of exploring Innamincka we hit the track again with Birdsville in sight. We spent a couple of days around Birdsville and also headed out into the Simpson Desert for a night’s camp away from the hustle and bustle of the town itself. We checked out the races and then the plan was to start our route back towards home along the Birdsville Track with an overnight stop in Mungerannie. We hit the track early the next morning for one last night of camping under the stars in the Flinders Ranges (Brachina Gorge campsite). This was a great end to the trip where we had a relaxing night and following morning before making our way back to the big smoke!
How did you prepare for the trip? What are the important steps to take?
Preparing for a trip like this needs some fairly serious thought because parts of it are very remote. The first step was making sure the car was good to go, servicing/full vehicle check over, making sure tires were all ok (+ at least 1 spare) and making sure you have adequate fuel, whether you have a long range tank or carry a couple of jerry cans and also carrying enough water. Having all of this done and knowing your car is as well prepared as possible makes a huge difference in confidence. As well as purchasing a few extra bits of camping equipment to make our nights and days as comfortable as possible. I then loaded all this up on my Rhino-Rack
What are the weather and terrain conditions like?
We had pretty good weather everyday, the temperatures were between 23 – 30 degrees. The 2 main tracks we took were the Strzelecki Track and Birdsville Track. They were both quite similar, very rocky and corrugated in sections but not too bad overall. The right tyre pressures and determining an appropriate speed makes a big difference.
What was it you intended to experience there?
Completing the Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks was a goal in itself. We wanted to experience the atmosphere of Birdsville during the racing carnival and watch the historic event take place. Getting out into the Simpson Desert and conquering Big Red sand dune was also an aim.
How did Rhino-Rack products help to facilitate your adventure?
My Rhino-Rack Pioneer Tray
housed two jerry cans which were held in place by the Rhino-Rack Jerry Can Holders
and a shovel secured with the Rhino-Rack Shovel Holder
. The Pioneer Tray even came in handy as a viewing platform to jump up on and take in the various outback landscapes! Without the Pioneer Tray I definitely wouldn’t have been able to carry all of the appropriate equipment that is needed for a trip like this.
What is it about the destination or the journey of your adventure that makes the trip worth while?
Setting out for a trip to the outback is worthwhile because it is a unique experience. It is a good opportunity to see various landscapes and terrains, and it enables you to escape from everyday life without the added cost that a typical holiday would incur. Plus you get to personalize it and do it your own way. There is nothing better than tackling Big Red and setting off into the Simpson Desert for a night under a million stars.
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