Plenty Highway Alice to Boulia Road Condition

Hi All
Travelling from Alice to Boulia via Plenty Highway towing a standard Jayco pop top (Tyres deflated to 25psi and lots of time!!!).

What is the road condition like for recent travellers and what are the highlights, camping spots recommended.

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: jamesw - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 16:41

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 16:41
We camped on the banks of the Arthur River on the eastern side a few years ago. Turn right off the road just after the crossing and pick out a spot. Fantastic place among the river gums. Jervois Station for fuel. Conditions vary quite a bit and depends on if it has been graded recently or not. What is your tow vehicle and are you prepared for remote touring?

James
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:47

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:47
Another vote for Arthur river...!

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 19:29

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 19:29
Are you guys referring to Arthur Creek which is East of the Plenty river close to Jervois and West of Tobermorey (in the facinity of Tarlton Downs)?
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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 20:40

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 20:40
Click on this link Arthur Creek Camp Area....... W
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:41

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:41
Our experience was that the Qld side (Donohue Hwy) from Tobermory was much rougher with harsher corrugations. But by the time you get there from Alice, there is really no turning back by then though. We passed a motorhome and it was doing 10kph.
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Reply By: Muzza10 - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 21:36

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 21:36
Thanks for the info guys very helpful. We will give it a go. I have done quite a bit of work under the van to protect gas and water lines.
We are for remote travel. I have a V6 Diesel D40 Navara with a long range tank and I also carry 30 litres of diesel as insurance.
We have 60 litres of water and have 2 x 15 Litre containers for drinking water.
We also have a sat phone for insurance.
The vehicle will be serviced 2 weeks before we go.

Cheers

Graeme
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Reply By: Kyle H - Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 08:17

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 08:17
Went down the Plenty last September with van. Road was generally not too bad with sections of heavy corrugations. Just need to be well prepared with the right tyre pressures and drive to the conditions. We took our time and stopped at Tobermorey and Arthur Creek to camp. Plenty of fuel at Tobermorey and Gemtree on our way through.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 09:05

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 09:05
As with all outback roads conditions vary - over time, and over the length of the road. It always pays the day before you commit to get up to date info on whether it's even open or not, as just a bit of rain will have the authorities close them. Speak to the local police person, roadhouse or Park ranger and/or locate the relevant road conditions website or recorded phone message number.

The conditions web page here is helpful but isn't updated often enough for that day-before check.

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Reply By: Farms - Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 09:23

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 09:23
Hi Muzza,

we did the Plenty Highway about 6 weeks ago between Jervois and Tobermorey (after a trip along the Hay River) and found it to be in good condition.
As others have said, just drive to the conditions.

Regards,

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Sanantone - Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 09:23

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 09:23
Hi Muzza,

We have just finished the trip from Boulia to Alice. Road is certainly drivable, but it is tough in parts, the cowboy drivers don't help, also best to check your underneath each night before settling down. We stayed at Tobermorey and then Gemtree. We were going to stay at Jervious but got there early and we didn't like the place. Fuel is very expensive, Alice $1.39 (great), Gemtree $2.10, Jervious $1.925 & Tobermorey $1.95, Boulia $1.60.

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Tony
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Reply By: Chris and Georgie B - Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 at 09:44

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 at 09:44
We are heading off from Sunshine Coast, Qld, to Alice via the Plenty and Donoghue this coming Tuesday. There are light showers forecast for the area this weekend, so will post here on road conditions when we get to Alice on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who posted such helpful info about these roads on our own earlier request.
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