How much bitumen on the Sterzlecki Track ?

I read on another forum that most of it is now bitumen. Is this so ?
About 7 years ago when we last drove it other than a few km's out of Lyndhurst it was all dirt.
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Reply By: Jon W (Toow - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:16

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:16
Dean, from the various relevant media releases it would appear that the track has been "upgraded" but not yet sealed. $1.2 million does not go very far.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:25

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:25
Travelled up it last October, Dean, and there's still plenty of dirt/gravel. There's quite a number of bitumen sections, scattered along it, north of Lyndhurst, but I doubt if their total would be even 100km.

Still each section is a pleasant change, if the dirt's a bit rough. There were 2 or 3 graders working on it at the time, in a couple of spots, so it appears they try to keep on top of it.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 12:13

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 12:13
IIRC there's a plan to trial a polymer stabilised surface that will take in a small stretch of the 'track'.
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Reply By: Colcam42 - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 13:05

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 13:05
If Only ........, would be a much quicker way for us to get to Queensland with our rig
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 14:39

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 14:39
It's effectively a twin lane dirt highway anyway. Gets a lot of maintenance because of the oil and gas fields. Only a hassle when it rains.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 14:39

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 14:39
Hi Dean

You should name and shame the forum that has given you and others very misleading information.

From Lyndhurst, you have bitumen out on the Strzelecki Track for the first 5 kilometres out, then you have another 6 sections, all about 5 kilometres in length along the way.

So from when I went to school 35 kilometres out of 500 is not all bitumen, but almost totally dirt still.

I collected waypoints for the start and finish of every section last June, and have been told by guys that work up there that there is no more upgrade to the track in the near future.



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Follow Up By: Member - Min (NSW) - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 17:06

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 17:06
Hi Stephen,
What is the section between Moomba and Innamincka like? I think 2013 or 2014 was the last time we went through and the road was good except that section which was very stony with lots of gas field traffic. Several people by the wayside with serious damage. When we left went via the Orientes Rd to Tibooburra a beautiful drive.
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 18:33

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 18:33
" Dunno how much you have done of this trip already but the Strz is now a lot of bitumen."

Thanks Stephen and here you go from 4X4 Earth, SA trip section.

I used the word most which was incorrect however from what you and others say it still isn't a lot.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 at 08:11

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 at 08:11
Hi Min

In June last year, the section between Moomba and Innamincka was in very good condition. Like any outback road, track conditions can and will vary all the time depending on local weather conditions.

As for the complete Strzelecki Track, it was in good condition all the way down to Montecollina Bore and from there down until Lyndhurst was in its usual stoney condition.

As we always say its a matter of lower tyre pressures and driving to the track conditions and it is a good drive.


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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 11:04

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 11:04
Moomba to the Inna turn-off is called the Della Rd by the locals, as per the oil/gas field. Can get badly corrugated.

Now that there's major exploration and development north of Inna we can expect it to be in poor shape more often.

The sealing of the Strez is on the Infrastructure Australia National Priority List but with no funding commitment. The sealing of the Tanami is also on the list at a higher priority level. Big bikkies in both cases for relatively few users.
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Reply By: Stephen F2 - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 17:21

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 17:21
Interesting I worked on Exploration crew that found the Jackson oil fields back in 80's.Good on Qld built a bitumen road But how come the road to Moomba and Strezlecki tracks still remain unsealed..I am.happy they are still dirt why drive in bush on black tar..There was talk of sealing Tanami track too ...Enjoy the dust while it lasts ...
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 18:50

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 18:50
There has been some govco talk about sealing it, maybe someone got confused when they posted the original info.

Jackson area was the only unsealed bit from Brissy to the border of SA when I drove it October, maybe about 10km all up unsealed but still not a bad bit of road.
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Follow Up By: Member - sparra - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 21:54

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 21:54
G,day Stephen, Who were you working for around Jackson at that time,I was with Norpac seismic crew all around there in the 80's,Naccowlah,Bransby etc.

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Follow Up By: Stephen F2 - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 22:53

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Hi Sparra with SSL we camped near dirt airstrip..We were ready to leave Cooper Basin for long break over Summer but Delhi Petroleum need to keep lease by doing exploration before end of year.It was only a few lines and quick runs by Vibe trucks it was dam hot and the flies incredible.Rough country but spectacular.In Adelaide Advertiser they put a article with photo of the tents we lived in and said how tough our jobs were .Still got it..Loved Seismic but but for back all the r9ugh driving thrashing company Landcruisers.Also we could drink as much as we liked and smoke weed too ,helped you sleep at night.I however loved those days like free life seeing the outback without a care .I do it tough living in surburbia and working .The team spirit most times was pretty good if no bleep s
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