Anne beadell hwy

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Hi we are thinking of going to Alice spring from Leonora we are in a100 series and a caravan has any one done the trip lately and what is the road like any ideas thanks Allen.
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Reply By: DiscoTourer - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 23:45

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 23:45
Allen, it would want to be a decent caravan to handle the corrugations. Last time I travelled was August 2009. At that time a caravan would help widen the track.
GCR might be a safer and easier option depending on the type of caravan you have.
I took an offroad trailer.
Brett....
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Reply By: Member - Markthemilko - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 23:54

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 23:54
Hi Allen,
Do you mean the Great Central Road which runs between Laverton & Uluru?
The Anne Beadell Hwy runs between Coober Pedy & Laverton. Been on that track a couple of years ago, and I would definitely NOT take a van!
However the GCR is a different story and is quite ok for a van! Been on part of it between the Connie Sue Hwy & Sandy Blight Junction road in September just gone,(and all of it in Sept '11).
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 01:59

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 01:59
Hi Allen,
the great central road is the best option for crossing the middle to get to the ALICE, I went across this year in July and I was in a bit of a hurry and we weren't towing anything. You shouldn't have to many issues by driving to the conditions of the road, there were a few areas of corrugations but nothing to worry about, the graders were out doing there work and if you have a two way on channel 40 they will let you know what your running into further up the track, it is a good trip and towing a van I would allow five days to do it in, but that all depends on how quick you want to drive and miss seeing whats to offer out there, we stopped counting the burnt out cars at around 750 and that was long before we got to Warburton. Have fun and enjoy the trip. we did come across a couple of other vans heading toward Kal from Warburton, and they did not have to many issues from the Alice to warburton. have fun.
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 16:26

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 16:26
We didn't get as far as counting 750 burnt out vehicles, stopped way before that.
Just beware that the majority of drivers haven't got "E" plates in their windows for nothing.
Happy and safe travels.
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:01

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:01
Vicex

I reckon after about the first 100ks the caravan would look like a boat trailer without the boat!

Against my advice, friends attempted to drive NW along the Tanami Road with a conventional caravan. Even though the section to Yuendumu is being progressively sealed they only made it that far and turned back to prevent further damage.

A Kimberley Kamper or similarly suspended van would be no problem. But not your average van or pop top.

Take the GCR - slowly.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:07

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:07
Hi Vicex

As for conditions along the Anne Beadell changing lately......well to be honest they do not change a lot from year to year.

We have been out there for the last 3 years and it is always the same, not changing from year to year. The only thing that does change is either the existence of new mining tracks leading off from the main track, or the conditions of the wildflowers.

As for taking a caravan....that is your call but make sure that it is well insured and if it is not built like a tank, it will get ruined.

Anne Beadell Highway

The above link was when we did it solo in 2010 and met some great people that ended up travelling with us. One of them had a caravan that suffered a lot of damage and from reports of when they got back home to WA, the caravan was an insurance write off.



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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20
Would concur with the others, having been along the ABH 3 times, I would not take a standard build Caravan on this route - off road CT or a Kedron would be OK.
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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20
Even camper trailers suffer, met a couple an Neale Junction 8 weeks ago towing a pretty new camper, their kitchen had fallen off as had their external holders for gas bottles and Gerries.
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Follow Up By: vicex - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 13:20

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 13:20
Thanks looks like GCR is the go any more info on this
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 13:55

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 13:55
Google "Great Central Road requirements" and you'll get the best information from this website. Be aware that permits are required for travelling the GCR, as you're crossing Aboriginal Lands.

Take 2 spare tyres and ensure you have plenty of fuel and water. This is a remote area and you're well-advised to treat it as such.
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Reply By: Brian 01 - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 15:14

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 15:14
The last time that I travelled across the Ann Beadell highway, which was about 30 years ago, you had to get permits from the local aboriginal groups and also from some government authority to allow passing through Maralinga.
Has that changed?
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 16:33

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 16:33
nope - still the same - only difference is you can do it online or with a fax machine...
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Follow Up By: Brian 01 - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 16:38

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 16:38
Thanks Scott, back in those days it was send off the letters and wait 3 months for a reply.
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 19:36

Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 19:36
Greetings Vicex

I have just come off the Anne Beadell towing a Conqueror UEV490 with my Nissan Patrol

From Leonora to Neale Junction was great, really enjoyable

But from the Roadhouse to Coober Pedy was tough - corrugations almost all the way - maximum speed 20km/h but I would say the average would have been about 15km/hour for the 4 days it took for me to travel from the roadhouse to Coober Pedy

I am travelling around Oz full time (this is my 4th year) and I have 'done' all the major 4x4 treks during this time and have to say that the combination of severity of and duration of the corrugations from the Roadhouse to Coober Pedy

Tgis is the link to my SPOT tracker data - if you change the data from 1 day to all and then look at the 'bread crumbs' over the last 1/2 of the ABH you can see how fast/slow I had to travel

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=2d464de362759825a



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