Road Conditions for Simpson Desert Reserves and Witjira National Park

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Simpson Desert Reserves and Witjira National Park

Pedirka Public Access Route – Open to 4WD. aution at ponded water and washouts.
Witjira National Park – Open to 4WD. Entry/exit via Kulgera/Mt Dare. No access/exit via Oodnadatta/Mt Dare, Bloods Creek. Caution at ponded water and washouts..
Trailers not recommended due to current track conditions. Caution at washouts and gutters.To protect the fragile environment of Witjira National Park, wood collection and wood/solid fuel fires will no longer be permitted within the park. Non observance may result in a fine!
Wood fires are still permitted at the Mount Dare camp-ground provided that the wood was collected outside the park.
Sand Flags are mandatory for all vehicles East of Dalhousie Springs & West of Big Red.
http://www.mtdare.com.au
http://www.environment.sa.gov.au
Desert Parks Pass Hotline on (08) 8648 5328.

AAK (Knolls) Track

Open 4WD
The Simpson Desert is a dangerous place if you are not well prepared. It is recommended to have a Sat-phone or HF radio as well as a UHF, extra water, fuel and supplies, a sand flag is now compulsory.
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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14314,936

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Dalhousie to Purni Bore

Open 4WD
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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14328,14324,14325,14326,932

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French Line

Open 4WD
Purni to Wonga junction has seen more and more sand drifts blow over the track this year and dunes are becoming more like the French Line with very sharp rises or drop offs. The French Line is the most demanding track in the Simpson, it has very soft sand and is slow going all the way (15–20 km/h), it has been getting rougher over the years; reduced tyre pressures are essential.

Scalloping is contributed to mostly by vehicles with incorrect tyre pressure along with towing trailers, or driving in 2wd, trailers of any kind are NOT recommended on the French Line (use the Rig rd). It’s very important to CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE (15 – 20 psi). This is the most demanding and difficult track in the Simpson, west to east is a bit easier though, DEFINITELY USE 4x4.
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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14328,14324,14325,14326,932,933,934,935,936,77784,937,941,940,77786,77797,77798,77799,77800,939,14099,14318,938,1820

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K1 Line

Open 4WD
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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RoutePoints

940,77808

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QAA Line.

Open 4WD
Witjira National Park - Open to 4WD with caution
Travel is much like the French Line only the sand dunes get bigger and further apart, with the biggest dune being BIG RED, it is very rough and corrugated on the western approaches.
There is a detour around this giant dune if you can’t get over it, (don’t kill yourself trying) you can also cross over at Little Red only 2km further south. Take care at salt lakes as they can be a bit wet; drive in existing wheel tracks only. USE 4x4.
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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941,940,77786,77797,77798,77799,77800,939,14099,14318,938

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Rig Road

Open 4WD
This track is the least demanding but has been deteriorating over the years and becoming quite rough; with many sand drifts and with its clay capping slowly breaking up, travel is becoming more difficult. Care must be taken when cresting sand dunes; this track has corrugations, deep washouts & rutting. Sand dunes between the Knolls track and the K-1 Line are more difficult to cross especially from the west, single vehicle travel or trailers are not recommended in this section. The K-1 line may be difficult to navigate along as it is seldom used.
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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77690,77809,77808,77807,77806,77805,14319,14327,77804,77802,14321,77801,14322,14323,933,932,14326,14325,14324,14328

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The Rocks Road

Closed
PERMANENTLY CLOSED don’t use this track at all unless you have permission from the Oodnadatta Police. (08) 8670 7805
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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WAA Line

Open 4WD
This has the same soft and sandy conditions as the French Line but with smaller dunes and very picturesque after rain. While in this area take a look at the Lone Gum and the Knolls; this is a scenic but fragile part of the Simpson, please stay on the track. USE 4x4.
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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14328,14324,14325,14326,932,933,934,77782,14317,14320,14314,40218,936,77784,937,941,940,77786,77797,77798,77799,77800,939,14099,14318,938,1820

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Warburton Track

Open 4WD
Take care around Warburton Creek as well.
Updated: 7/03/2017 7:33:43 PM

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RoutePoints

99979,77808

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