Inside Track

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesBirdsville
FinishBirdsville Tk & Birdsville Inside Tk
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable For4WD AWD Camper Bike 
Distance145.45 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed76.19 km/hr
Travel Time1 hr 54 mins
Page Updated: 25 Sep 2015


Birdsville Track was established during the 1880’s and was the main stock route between Marree in South Australia and Birdsville in Queensland. Back then, the route had taken approximately a month to complete and because of the long and harsh environment, many cattle didn’t survive the trip. The track these days is passable with many conventional vehicles and many people like to undertake the journey to discover the route the old stockman used to take.

There are two routes which heads into Birdsville from the south and that is the Outside and the Inside track. The Inside Track saves considerable distance than the more commonly used Outside Track, however the route traverses through some treacherous soils of Goyder Lagoon and must be undertaken by 4WD at all times. The biggest threat is from the floodwaters of Goyder Lagoon and Cooper Creek -- if northern monsoonal rain is excessive, flooding from Queensland's rivers will close the Inside Track and the Birdsville Track well into winter. Fortunately, this doesn't happen very often.

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MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
4cyl 20 litres4cyl 24 litres4cyl 29 litres
6cyl 22 litres6cyl 26 litres6cyl 26 litres
8cyl 22 litres8cyl 24 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Birdsville Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 63.22km N
Mean Max. °C40.
Mean Min. °C26.424.721.717.
Mean Rain mm20.933.
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Birdsville Hotel


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Birdsville to Birdsville Inside Tk & Birdsville Access
Driving: 1.47 km
Heading: 234°
Avg Speed: 50.15 km/hr
EST Time: 01:45
Birdsville Inside Tk & Birdsville Access to Birdsville Inside Tk & New Alton Downs Access
Driving: 73.16 km
Heading: 185°
Avg Speed: 81.16 km/hr
EST Time: 54:05
Birdsville Inside Tk & New Alton Downs Access to Birdsville Inside Track
Driving: 20.9 km
Heading: 226°
Avg Speed: 83.14 km/hr
EST Time: 15:04
Birdsville Inside Track to Warburton Ck, Birdsville Inside Tk
Driving: 24.31 km
Heading: 205°
Avg Speed: 85.41 km/hr
EST Time: 17:04
Warburton Ck, Birdsville Inside Tk to Birdsville Tk & Birdsville Inside Tk
Driving: 25.61 km
Heading: 183°
Avg Speed: 81.11 km/hr
EST Time: 18:56
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.


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