Ernest Giles Rd

Submitted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 21:54
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Anyone been on this road recently- shortcut from Kings Canyon to Stuart Highway
I am towing a 3.5 ton off road caravan and possibly going to use it in a few days
Would save about 130 Kms ( or about 25 liters of diesel)
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 22:44

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 22:44
Hi Rusty

The last time we were on that road it was sign posted no caravans. It was a variety of driving conditions from soft sandy sections to hard compact sections.

There was nothing hard about the drive at all.


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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 23:59

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 23:59
Add corrugations and shake well! Always plenty of those. Sometimes the "short cuts" are more trouble than the long way round. The EGR could be considered one of those, particularly if towing.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 08:12

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 08:12
Good Morning Mick

Bring them up tough......this is what separates the boys from the men.....lol .....make men out of them.

You have not been bush if you have not encountered corrugations.....

Take care and all the best.




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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 01:59

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 01:59
We used the EGR once a few years ago and it had worse corrugations than I have ever experienced ever before. Worse than the Anne Beadell and worse than the Gun Barrell.
So what? We had to slow down and take an extra hour :) It is only 100km.
I have also driven it when it was good for 100kph (not that I did).

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Reply By: Member - Wayne B - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 07:23

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 07:23
Mate of mine travelled it end of March towing camper trailer, few corrugations but ok.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 23:35

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 23:35
Hi Rustynails

The Ernest Giles Road which runs between the Stuart Highway and Luritja Road is really not suitable for caravans. Using time estimations from Google maps, to travel the Ernest Giles Road of 101 kilometres, would take 4.5 hours not towing (allow more if towing). To go via the sealed roads, 245 kilometres would take 3.1 hours (towing on a good road would not take much longer). Short cut - but why? Lower gears and variable speeds may result in more fuel usage.

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Reply By: Dianne V - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 17:17

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 17:17
We travelled this road a few days ago, towing a 20ft van. The Kings Canyon end was rough, but they were grading and rolling it, and most of it was pretty good.
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