Quest To Queensland's Corners

In Australia there are 5 border corners of which 3 are attached to Queensland.

Queenslands border corners are all within the south-west corner region and are all accessible by tracks, some better that others.

 Travel through the Simpson Desert and the Channel Country on this quest to visit all 3 Queensland border corners;

  • Poeppel Corner,
  • Haddon Corner
  • and Cameron Corner

13-days eXploring Outback Queensland with eXpedition10 

Departing
15/09/2021
Duration
13 Days

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Quest to Queensland’s Corners

ITINERARY

Day 1     Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Toowoomba to Surat      Meals LD

Our ‘Quest to the West’ venture sets off this morning departing Toowoomba heading to the remote outback. We won’t need camels or packhorses on this eXpedition as our trusty 4X4, 10 seat bus and 4X4 support vehicle will carry more than enough provisions to keep us nourished. The early part of this journey will see a break for smoko at the Bunya Mountains, travel by the Coopers gap Wind Farm then lunch in Jandowae. Cross the Condamine at Condamine and stop to look at the corduroys’ before arriving for an overnight stay in Surat.  

Accommodation Surat Cabins

 

Day 2 Thursday, 16 September 2021

Surat to Morven – Camping         Meals BLD

Depart Surat and head through some back tracks to Mitchell. The flora will change the further we ply west with Maranoa bottle trees fading and the mulga becoming more abundant. We will set up camp for the first night near the outpost town of Morven at Gidgee Bush camp. Sitting around the campfire we will learn the plight and stories of fellow explorers through this region.

Accommodation – eXpedition10 roomy tents with beds and linen

 

Day 3     Friday, 17 September 2021

Morven to The Lake        Meals BLD

Continuing west today visit Charleville on the Warrego River. We will pick up some last minute supplies here as Charleville really is ‘the gateway to the outback’. The landscape west from Charleville seems to flatten and the soil begins to change to a deeper, rich red colour. Pause at Foxtrap Hotel for lunch then travel another hour and a half to The Lake, just east of Quilpie. We have arranged sleeping quarters here for tonight beside this magnificent waterhole.

Accommodation – The Lake Cabins with shared facilities

Day 4     Saturday, 18 September 2021

The Lake to Windorah    Meals BLD

Opal was discovered near Quilpie many years ago but it was a discovery of a different type we will find out about today. Dinosaur fossils were unearthed near Eromanga recently so we will detour slightly from our route to learn some more about this at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. You may notice there is an oil refinery in Eromanga. Well they do call oil fossil fuel, don’t they? As we head further west we will enter the Cooper Basin, known for Cooper Creek from which flood waters flow into Lake Eyre. We will cross the Cooper just prior to arriving in Windorah.

Accommodation Windorah Hotel

 

Day 5     Sunday, 19 September 2021

Windorah to Birdsville    Meals BL

To the west of Windorah, cross vast flat grassy plains dotted with rich red sand dunes. The vegetation has begun to peter out making way for grasses, gidgee and a few coolabah lined creeks. Before reaching the end of the bitumen, near the edge of a low rocky range, call in to what was once a thriving outpost hotel now known as J .C. Ruins. We are now right on the fringe of Sturt’s Stony Desert littered with seemingly endless plains of gibber stones. Take in the magnificent view from Deon’s Lookout before calling in to the Betoota Pub. This pub has been open - and closed many times in recent years. Hopefully will be open again when we pass through as we head for Birdsville.

Accommodation Birdsville Lodge

Day 6     Monday, 20 September 2021

Birdsville to Poeppel Corner – Camping  Meals BLD

It’s time now to get serious about this eXpedition with some real 4X4ing. Today we enter the Simpson Desert bound for the first ‘corner’ – Poeppel Corner. The track crosses a huge sand dune known simply as ‘Big Red’ followed by hundreds more – not so big. Stop for a look in Eyre Creek, cross vast dry lake beds and finally arrive at the intersection of Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. Camp tonight will be our first remote camp with no constructed facilities, however, we have brought some with us including a toilet.

Accommodation – eXpedition10 roomy tents with beds and linen

 

Day 7     Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Poeppel Corner to Birdsville         Meals BLD

Follow the same road back from Poeppel Corner to Birdsville leaving Big Red our final barrier to exit the Simpson Desert. Arrive back in Birdsville with time to wander through the streets and catch up with some locals at the pub.

Accommodation Birdsville Lodge

Day 8     Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Birdsville to Dig Tree – Camping Meals BLD

Directly east of Poeppel Corner is our next corner visit where Queensland shares a border with South Australia. Named by Augustus Poeppel, the same surveyor who marked Poeppel Corner, this site, Haddon Corner is not named after a person but the property it was on, Haddon Downs. Our journey heads pretty much south from Haddon Corner, along sand dune ridges dotted with spinifex and scrubby wattle, until we reach the Dig Tree beside Cooper Creek, near where Burke and Wills perished. Our Campsite for tonight.

Accommodation – eXpedition10 roomy tents with beds and linen

 

Day 9     Thursday, 23 September 2021

Dig Tree to Cameron Corner        Meals BLD

Most of the tracks covered today are used by workers on the Strzelecki Oil and Gas Fields of the Cooper Basin. The Cooper Basin has been an important part of oil and gas production since the mid 1900’s. The main refinery is located in South Australia at Moomba. Some of the oil fields travelled through today include Santos, Epsilon and Omicron. Tonight we will be staying in cabins (still in Queensland) at Cameron Corner.

Accommodation – Cameron Corner Cabins

Cameron Corner Noccundra Pub Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Day 10   Friday, 24 September 2021

Cameron Corner to Noccundra   Meals BLD

North east of Cameron Corner is the historic pub at Noccundra. Dating back to the late 1882, Noccundra pub is built from sandstone quarried 260 kilometres south at Milparinka. Noccundra is where we will be staying tonight in cabin accommodation. Just over the road is the Wilson River. Well worth taking the stroll across to check out the beautiful waterhole.

Accommodation – Noccundra Hotel Cabins

 

Day 11   Saturday, 25 September 2021

Noccundra to Charlotte Plains – Camping              Meals BLD

We are back on the sealed roads today as we travel to Thargomindah. Did you know that Thargomindah is home to Australia's first hydro-electricity scheme? A generator was run using pressure from the town bore, providing power for lighting. Although the power plant has ceased operating commercially, the bore is still the water supply for the town. Cross the Bulloo River to the east then arrive in Eulo, famous for its hot mud spa’s and Eulo Queen Hotel. While looking around town, keep an eye open for the WWII bomb shelter. Visit the Cunnumulla Fella in Cunnumulla then take a short drive to Charlotte Plains Station, famous for its warm mineral baths – home for the night.

Accommodation - eXpedition10 roomy tents with beds and linen

Day 12   Sunday, 26 September 2021

Charlotte Plains to Dirranbandi  Meals BLD

It will be hard to drag ourselves away from this lovely place but we must continue as we have an appointment with a local guide Bill Speedy in Bollon today. During our cultural walking tour along the banks of Wallam Creek we will learn how to track animals, find bush medicine and discover traditional scar trees. Bill’s entertaining and educational tours introduce you to First Nations culture and some local history, finishing with a gourmet bush tucker tasting. Wave Bill farewell as we head across to Dirrinbandi in the heart of cotton country. Dirrinbandi will be our final night of this tour.

Accommodation Dirranbandi Motel

 

Day 13   Monday, 27 September 2021

Dirranbandi to Toowoomba        Meals B

Once a major grain growing centre, more recently the Dirranbandi region has transformed into a major cotton producing area with huge land holdings like Cubby Station just a stone throw away. There are still many grain silos in the district and we will visit one that has been transformed into a work of art. The Thallon Silo’s are now famous with thousands visiting each year. From Thallon, travel through Goondiwindi then Millmerran before arriving back in Toowoomba.

Thank you for travelling with eXpedition10. Looking forward to sharing another adventure with you soon.

 

Inclusions

  • Spacious 10 seat 4X4 Touring Coach
  • Fully Equipped 4X4 Support Vehicle
  • Accommodation
    • 8 nights Motel/Hotel/Cabins
    • 4 nights in eXpedition10 tents with beds and linen
  • Meals
    • 12 Breakfasts
    • 12 Lunches
    • 11 Dinners
  • All Attractions listed in itinerary (other than those stated optional)
  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE - 10
Departing
15/09/2021
Duration
13 Days
Price
AUD $5,995
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