Travel Australia: Great Australian Drives – The Birdsville Track

The focus of discussion shifted over the last few weeks from the future of automobile safety and vehicle technologies and what this change would herald for the private consumer and large commercial fleets, such as rental car operators, in Sydney for example, to the popular topic of touring Australia by car. This may seem a somewhat esoteric change of discussion topic, yet the two may be more closely related than any superficial glance will suggest. For example, imagine a car that can drive with minimal human interference, and now imagine it taking you on a scenic drive through Australia’s many stunningly diverse landscapes, all whilst you relax! So car technology may not yet be that advanced, but the latest series of articles regarding the future of electronic vehicular technology highlights recent advancements in safety technologies and electronic suites, and these suggest that cars manufacturers will be capable of delivery an autonomous vehicular experience in the next 15 years. Suddenly, the notion of a self-driving holiday car does not appear be such an elusive concept, indeed it seems quite plausible, even potentially enjoyable. But until that moment comes, we will have to be satisfied with the ability to drive ourselves along the stunning scenic routes that traverse this large and diverse country. The Birdsville track is a route of significance in the Outback. It is 517 Km in length and runs from Maree (South Australia) to Birdsville (Queensland) across the Tirari and Sturt Stony Deserts. In recent years the road has been upgraded from what was once passable only be four wheel drive vehicles to a graded dirt road making it accessible to a wider number of users. However with the onset of the recent heavy rains, travellers are encouraged to check road conditions regularly. The track is steeped in history and was first opened in the 1860s to transport cattle from Northern parts of Queensland and part of Northern Territory to nearest rail access areas of Port Augusta and Marree. It has become exceedingly popular with four wheel drive enthusiasts who appreciate the unique drive it presents. Whilst no permit is required on this road, travellers are advised to ensure that they are well prepared due to the relatively isolated nature of the area at large. Fuel and other basic supplies can be found at Mungeranie Station which is a good 204 Kms from Marree and 313 Kms from Birdsville. All travellers are advised to carry adequate supplies of fresh water, fuel, food, first aid kits and spare tyres in the event of any emergencies. If you love driving and want to take the opportunity to visit more of this amazing country then take the time to learn more about the many diverse and historic routes that criss-cross the country, if you are in need of a vehicle, or your personal vehicle is just too small, then consider car rental in Sydney and other major cities, as an affordable means of transport.