strezlecki track

Hi all, I have a 100 series landcruiser and lots of camping experience and a bit of mechanical knowhow but not a lot of extreme off road time- planning a road trip for late April early May and wondering whether I'm up to doing Broken Hill-Cameron Corner-Strezlecki Track to Lyndhurst? Cruiser is dual fuel and has a range of over a 1000ks.
cheers
David
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 13:05

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 13:05
A straight forward outback drive (given the usual precautions for remote area travel of course - safety communications, shelter and provisioning etc.).
With suitably robust tyres and a sensible driving style, the 100 should be entirely happy.
Road maintenance schedules and adverse weather can change everything up there, but those issues aside, the Strzelecki Track and the roads in and out of Camerons are usually very easy gravel surface cruises.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 13:46

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 13:46
Hi David,

In dry weather there is nothing extreme about those roads - but it can all change if it rains, when the roads will be closed. The Strzelecki even has stretches of bitumen now. Many are confused by the way some of our iconic inland roads are named. For example some of the Len Beadell roads are called highways but are not surfaced and very rarely graded, whereas the Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks are good gravel (with some sealed bits) that is graded quite often.

Lower your tyre pressures, drive at a sensible speed and enjoy the trip. Oh, and slow down for approaching traffic to avoid windscreen damage.

April/May could still be rather warm so make sure you have plenty of water available. Fuel is available at Cameron Corner. As you travel west from Cameron Corner take care on the tops of dunes where there could be patches of bulldust. There is a link if you click hereto one of our blogs for a bit more info.

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Val
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Reply By: mac3 - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 15:25

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 15:25
Thanks for that, very helpful as usual on exploroz. Will do some more research and planning and hopefully it will all happen for us.
cheers
David
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Reply By: wombat100 - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 16:59

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 16:59
Why not go the 'Old' Strezlecki track?? Far more interesting !!!!

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Reply By: Rtv47 - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:02

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:02
Keep your gass as reserve ......enjoy the trip.

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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:28

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:28
In the modern Australian outback I think a good rule of thumb is if the road name includes the word track it is a good road. If it includes the word road its a track. And if it says highway, be prepared for some rough stuff :-)

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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 09:09

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 09:09
But only applicable in the outback...

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Reply By: mac3 - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 21:13

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 21:13
Thanks all, like the track/road thing... So when we get to Cameron Corner or even beforehand how do we know what the road conditions are on the day? Is there some notification we need to check? The only experience I have is at the beginning of the Oodnadatta track outside Roxby Downs, there were clear signs everywhere advising of road conditions, couldn't miss it, and of course on the western side of Uluru pointing at the Gunbarrell Hwy warning of just about anything! Also confirming that a 1000k range is ok
Thanks again
David
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 22:04

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 22:04
There are very large and clear signs at the start of each end. Each state has a website with updated road conditions, but probably none better for that are than this one;

http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/OutbackRoads

Wont need anywhere near 1000km range between refuels, half that would be a minimum but certainly more is better if you wish to meander off from the main road (track) a lot.
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 22:06

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 22:06
should read 'for that area than this one;'
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:37

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:37
If you're going via Tibooburra the Parks office there posts road condition reports or you can talk to the copper.

At Innamincka the General Store posts condition reports too.

The NSW website with map of conditions is often incomplete and so is unreliable.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 19:15

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 19:15
Story in the Advetiser the other day, apparently sections of the track are pretty bad on tyres at the moment . . . http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/south-australias-beaten-up-strzelecki-track-rattles-truckers/story-e6frea83-1226573841052
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Reply By: mac3 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 09:31

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 09:31
Well that paints a different picture! I guess I'll take all on board and seek out local info at the time.
thanks everyone, most helpful.
David
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