Oodnadatta Track - are we up to it?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 19:58
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Just wondering if anyone can give me current information on the condition of the Oodnadatta track. We are looking at travelling Leigh Creek - Marree - William Creek - Oodnadatta - Marla in mid-April. We are novices at 4WD although my husband has recently done a 2-day course. We'll be in a Prado and towing an off-road camper trailer. New tyres on the Prado but just the standard suspension. Travelling with our three kids. I'd hate to miss it if it's pretty straight-forward, but equally we will be in week 2 of an 11 week trip so we won't have much experience under our belt!
Thanks.
Carolyn
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Reply By: dean r2 - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:31

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:31
Hi Carolyn

You will have nothing to worry about the track is a good dirt road apart from the corragations.
Done the trip last year in a pajero towing a jayco flamingo had no dramas at all.
Have a good trip.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:54

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:54
Hi Carolyn R2, we have done bits of it 5 times and were in Maree in 2010 when the Aussie Top Gear crew drove it to Lake Eyre in a 2WD 1974 Corolla, Holden and a Ford. There are links in Places to give you pix and comments on the 3 sections ; Oodnadatta Track - Marla to Oodnadatta - SA then Oodnadatta Track - Oodnadatta to William Creek and lastly Oodnadatta Track - William Creek to Maree. Keep below 80kmh and tyres at 28psi and enjoy your trip which could still be warm to hot in April.....W
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:29

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:29
Hi Carolyn,

You should have no difficulty at all. The OT is just a gravel road that gets a bit rocky and corrugated in places. Drop your speed and your tyre pressures, take your time, go in and have a look at all the things and places along the way and you will have a great time. There are a few pics in our 2008 blogs that may be of interest.

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Val

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Reply By: Carolyn R2 - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:44

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:44
Thanks guys, I was hoping you'd say that!
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Follow Up By: bigmarkc - Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 09:46

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 09:46
Just remember about lowering your tyres to 28 psi Carolyn.
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Reply By: SDG - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:59

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:59
I was on there this week with a Pajero. A mate had a Prado. both towing outback Jaycos. No problem at all. Average speed 80km.
We turned off at William creek towards Coober Pedy, which was better than many bitumen roads I have travelled.
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 00:07

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 00:07
Friend took a Subaru Outback up there last year. You'll be fine and have fun.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 00:09

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 00:09
btw - recommend you camp at Farina on the way up - lovely spot and the ruins are fascinating...
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 01:37

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 01:37
Yes Farina is a top spot

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Val
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:09

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:09
Farina....for sure. Drive in from the southern side, past the ruins and follow the "main street" up around the sweeping left hander...great camping spot a few ammenities.

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Reply By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 02:47

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 02:47
I don't think you'll have any worries unless it rains, Here's a couple of photo's from my trips and vehicle types on the track 1967/69 ,




The photo of the Austin 1800 might have been South of Maree, but myself and my Dad continued on to Oodnadatta , Marla and onward to Alice Springs without any problems.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:16

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:16
Doug...love the photos. I didn't realise you are an ex-Southerner.

Some of my best trips were in a KE36 Corolla Wagon (1978 Vintage). Totally stock other than the FM radio with Cassette player. I love the challenge and still do.

These days, you're likely to get pinged driving on some roads without a four wheel drive. (Yes I get that 2 wheel drives carve up the tracks). Shame really.
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Follow Up By: Member - John N (SA) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 11:48

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 11:48
Thanks for the great photo of the 1800 Doug. My late Dad had the Mk1 and Mk11 "Landcrabs" over the 60's. Most Eyre Peninsula and northern roads then were gravel and I remember some great family trips in them. I learnt to drive the dirt roads in the Mk1. They seemed to handle anything and the inside space was exceptional - especially for a family of 6.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:10

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:10
John
I looked trim back then eh, can't say that now. how times have changed.

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Reply By: harry & the hobbit - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 07:52

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 07:52
did it by myself in 1971 in a HD(1965) Holden and the track is much better now. You,ll be fine.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 09:40

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 09:40
Doug's second photo with the Austin is instructive - most of the OT is like that, except on the lower sections the stones get a bit bigger in places. As mentioned above, taking it easy where required on lower pressure tyres is the key. Oh... don't forget some stone shielding between the camper and car - those little stones pepper the camper and can ricochet off the camper and play havoc with the car's duco and rear window. Have a great trip.
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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:05

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:05
Hi Carolyn,
Might see you and the family up there.
We've been up sections of the track numerous times. Only once did our convoy suffer a puncture and a hole in the sump, but that was in heavily loaded Holden Statesman's in the hands of some novices (Reliability Test Trip). Of all the times I've been up there, my biggest problem was a chip in the windscreen from some Muppet who thought my reason for pulling over towards the left of the road was to enable him to travel down the centre...at full tilt I might add.
It's an easy drive, you can't get lost and there will be heaps of traffic being SA school holidays. My advice to you is drop your tyre pressures by about 20%, drop your speed by about the same amount (compared to highway driving) and get a good map. There is lots to see, do and photograph just off the main track but in most instances, it's not always signposted or visible from the main track.
Like the Birdsville track, you could do it in 1-2 days or 1-2 weeks depending on how many side trips or things you want to see and explore. Take your time, enjoy it and tick it off the bucket list.

Fab. (Will be in my Pajero io, a bluey/grey RA Rodeo towing a camper and a 75 series Land Crusher).
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