Actual Road Conditions

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 18:32
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Hello all, wondering about the real road condition along the Strzelecki Track to Innamincka, last year people were saying it was well graded but earlier this year, truckies were on TV complaining of the bad condition causing them major repair bills. We would appreciate comments from anyone who has travelled this road recently. I have a "dirt-road capable" van.
Alternatives for us are the Birdsville and/or the Oodnadatta Tracks, anything for something different.
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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 19:58

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 19:58
Hi Colcam,
Spoke to some guys that were out there last weekend they said it was rough, but what can be rough this week can be as smooth as next week if the graders have been through. Of all those roads you mentioned on a given day any one of them can be the worst, I would suggest you pick which road you wish to travel and the old saying drive to the conditions.
A "dirt-road capable" van should handle it o.k. if that's what it is.
Enjoy the trip.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 22:42

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 22:42
I was on it over Easter and it was the best I have seen it in the last few years , Oodnadatta was excellent, better than some of the roads in Sydney lol
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 22:45

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 22:45
Forgot to say did the top half of the Birdsville track as well and that was fine too
The Oodnadatta is the most scenic drive of the three IMHO
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 05:48

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 05:48
What is "good" or "bad" depends on individual perspective.
This video clip was taken in October '12.
There will always be some stretches better and worse.........
Nothing is bad if you reduce your speed enough, so it just depends on how much of a hurry you are in.



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Follow Up By: Colcam42 - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:16

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:16
Thanks Peter , don't think that we are in enough of a hurry to want to pass the road train. I 'd stop for a while to give him a good lead. What was this clip taken from? We have a car-cam and it is great for collecting such events, scenery, near misses with 'roos and Emus.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 18:21

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 18:21
Taken with a Panasonic DMC TS4 camera mounted on the dash.

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Peter
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 15:44

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 15:44
We came down the Strz from Inna a couple of weeks ago.

Did Old Strz Tk as it was FAR better that way than the trucks and dust.
From Mt Hopeless we did a detour to go via Mt Fitton, back onto the Strz about 75ks form Lynduhurst.

What we drove was fine, and you just jump on ch 40 and give the trucks a call to pass, they'll move left or right when the road's clear and let you come through.
Believe me, you'll wanna pass them, they are generally sitting on 30 or 40 km/hr.
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Reply By: peterdre - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 08:06

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 08:06
We did the strez from the south 2 weeks ago. no problems if you are used to outback roads. Drive to the conditions.
We were in a Colorado, standard suspension towing a CUB Drover camper
Roughest section was the last 47km into Inaminka
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