Anne Beadell Hwy

Hi , we have just completed the AB from West to East, took 8 days from Laverton to Coober Pedy, the track was generally in reasonable shape through to Emu, however from there through to the Dog Fence it would be fair to say it was quite bumpy , slow speed and low tyre pressures help somewhat. The rest of the track had some very good section along with some not so good ,but no worst than you would expect on most outback tracks. The scenery was fantastic and was ever changing , we went into the light plane crash and also to Voakes Hill it self which is 25km round trip both of these detours are are quite fun to do and had no problem towing our camper in and out of the plane wreck however the VoakesHill track is not suitable, suggest leaving it at the turn off which is approx 10kms West of the Voakes Cnr junction .Fuel was $3.00 a litre at the one roadhouse, which is probably a fair price for how isolated it is . In all it was a fantastic trip that we completed with or good friends Robyn & Bevan and would recommend it to anyone who is well prepared and loves the outback.
Cheers Rod
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 22:35

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 22:35
Hi a Rod

Good to hear you had a good trip across the Anne Beadell.

It is always a good drive if you know what to expect.

The track east of Emu is by far the worst for sure.

I usually run 18psi to make the drive more enjoyable.


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Follow Up By: Member - Rod S - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 18:16

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 18:16
Hi Stephen, agree with your comments re tyre pressure, there are do many people that still think if you let the tyres down they will have more problems and although the side wall may be a slightly more exposed the improved ride and stress reduction on vechile suspension etc is well worth any added risk of tyre problems which I believe low .
Cheers Rod
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Reply By: Totom1 - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 01:04

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 01:04
Did this trip in 2012, caught up with Connie at her mums sign post. Had not seen Connie for quite a few years. Knew she was doing a run/ tour and was at the right place at the right time. So that's the 3rd run I've done.
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Reply By: OBJ - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 08:28

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 08:28
I was in Maralinga two weeks ago and Robin said that there were air force contractors coming in on that road and they had some money to fix the road/highway (???) up. Grading was to start this week, or next.
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:20

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:20
Now that is good news! Mable Creek to Emu is overdue for a scrape.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 20:16

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 20:16
Hey Leigh

We have been told that very same story by our mate 3 years ago.......

And not a thing has ever happened. The way things are going up that way, I would believe it when it only happens......lol


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Reply By: Danna - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:18

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:18
G'day Ros S
Congratulation. Your party just finished "The World's worst Hwy"
Best of the worst was undoubtedly road around The Emu ......
Cheers Dana
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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 12:16

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 12:16
Did you see my Jaffle Iron hanging on bush at the Goldfields Airways plane wreck?

Still suffering anxiety over the loss. ;-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod S - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 18:08

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 18:08
Hi Mick, no sign of your jaffle iron , maybe someone else made good use of it.
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Follow Up By: Member - tommo05 - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 18:30

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 18:30
Didn't we have someone confirm it was still there recently?

Some lowlife must have nicked it in the last few weeks Mick...

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 13:43

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 13:43
Yes!, but tommo - he was really attached to that jaffle iron. Can't you sense the angst in his text!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 19:15

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 19:15
Mick seems to have a habit of leaving stuff around the outback, jaffle irons, Toyota rear wheels, Other bits and pieces.
The bugger needs to pull his socks up me thinks :)

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Reply By: Member - Len & Rhoda - Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 09:50

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 09:50
Hi Rod

Good to hear all went well with your trip. We are off tomorrow, should start the Anne Beadell on Monday, what was the issue taking your camper in to Vokes Hill.
Was 8 days a comfortable pace or would a couple of extra days be good.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 14:46

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 14:46
Hi Len


If it is a true off road camper, there will be no issues with going to Voakes Hill Propper.

The detour is around 14 kilometres one way and is slow and winding. When you get to the Give Way sign which is around 10 kilometres west of Voakes Hill Corner, Head north instead of the normal east west of the Anne Beadell.

If you are travelling with a number of vehicles, it will still not be an issue, as there is a reasonable turn around area when you get to the dune that is Voakes Hill.

The drive in is well worth it and you get good views out into the desert.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 18:47

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 18:47
Len

I should have also included this, better late than never.

Here is a screen shot of Ozi, showing our track file along the Anne Beadell Highway as well as the detour up to Voakes Hill.

As you can see, it twists and turns and is not a straight line drive, but easy.


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Reply By: Member - Len & Rhoda - Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 22:23

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 at 22:23
Thanks for the info, I will be sure to put it to use.

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