Ross River to Plentry Highway via Claraville

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Hi all, just wanting to know the road conditions from Ross River to Plenty Highway via Claraville and how long it would take to travel

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 19:23

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 19:23
The Arltunga Tourist Drive?

We did RR to Arltunga a couple of months ago. It was a road in the normal sense of that term. Course it could've been pounded or rained into crap since then. Check out the NT road conditions report.
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:13

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:13
Thanks, the road in particular is the section between Arltunga through to the Plenty via Claraville which on my Hema Central Australia map shows it as a minor track, not the one that goes to "The Garden" so not sure if this is the same one as you have travelled.

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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:12

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:12
We did the section from Ambalindum station up to the Plenty about three weeks ago and it was in good condition.
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:15

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:15
Sweet, what sort of time frame did it take you?

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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:41

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:41
We went from Alice to Ambalindum and then backtracked to get to the Plenty and stay at Mt Swan in one day. But my recommendation would be to take your time and go out via Trephina Gorge for at least a night, then then go via Arltunga to Ambalindum and stay at the latter (it's a lovely place with a great family running the station). We then spent about four days across the Plenty via Tobermorey etc to Winton.
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:50

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 20:50
Thanks Wildmax

We are heading up the Colson, then on to the Hay River Track to do a complete loop of the Simpson Desert and would like to bypass Alice Spring and briefly experience the Western side of AS thus cutting off about 100km if it is achievable as there is 55km of 4wd track and our experience has shown that 55km can take hours of hard 4wding

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 21:55

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 at 21:55
I did some digging here I think it was on links to the Plenty & IIRC the track - something Pass - was closed or not navigable but there's another link.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 08:48

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 08:48
Cattle Water Pass is now closed to the public.

The Section 2 of the Binns Track from Ross River Highway to the Plenty is a good drive.

We did it leaving the National Gathering last month. We also did the Section 3 from the Plenty to the Sandover which had a good dose of corrugations to close to the turn off to Box hole meteorite crater.


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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 09:07

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 09:07
Thanks Kev,
I am working off the Hema Central Australia map and doesn't identify Binns Track as such,

Section 2 runs between Mt Johnstone and comes out near Gemtree is that the one?

Thanks in advance

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 09:16

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 09:16
Yep that's it.

We did Ross river the Harts Range community in about 4 hours from memory, we just made the community before the shop closed on the Saturday to get fuel.

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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 09:19

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 09:19
Thanks Kev,
that is exactly the info I am after

Thanks again

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev - Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 15:08

Monday, Aug 17, 2015 at 15:08
We were not out there to break land speed records so took our time doing that section.

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