Cordillo Downs Road

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 11:10
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Has anybody driven the Cordillo Downs Road in South Australia in recent years. Would appreciate any advice and road conditions.
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Young Bill
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 11:50

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 11:50
Typically quite stony and that can be tough on tyres if you drive too fast.

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Peter
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Reply By: Member - Young Bill - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 12:36

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 12:36
Thanks Peter
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Reply By: Rojac - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 14:07

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 14:07
Drove it last year on the way back from birdsville, stony and sandy however only required 2 wheel drive, come to think of it the whole trip didn't require 4x4

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Reply By: Member - Young Bill - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:14

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:14
Thanks Rojac,
Very valuable.
Always interesting to talk to people who have done a trek rather than planning on other reports.
Young Bill
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Reply By: Member - Young Bill - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:56

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:56
Me again Rojac,
We have a Pajero 3 door with 3.8litre V6 which is as new - 60,000 k and all previously done on bitumen. The short wheel base is great for offroad but could be better on corrugations. We bought it last year and have had it fully serviced. It is the model with underbody protection etc., We also have an off road model ecotourer which we are thinking of taking. Do you think our gear is suitable for this road. We are experienced 4wd drivers.
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Young Bill
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 18:52

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 18:52
You will have no probs with that setup...if you keep your speed down and have A/T tyres on 4wd and van.
A stone stomper would be a very wise choice as well.
The last time along the Yunta to Arkaroola rd I set the cruise to 70 k/ph and sat back and enjoyed the scenery. There are parts of the Cordillo road where you will be slower than that ( few of the dry river beds ), but there are parts where you could go faster, but if you take it easy and don't rush, you'll be sweet !!

ps; friends towed a Jayco Eagle along it 5 yrs ago with no probs except for a smashed plastic hose fitting, so wrap ANYTHING underneath that can be hit by rocks.
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 09:32

Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 09:32
As long as you drive to the conditions, we did it in the dry in august, can't comment though if it rains
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Reply By: Member - Mark C (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 20:06

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 20:06
You may very well travel in 2wd but if it rains you would not want to be caught. We traveled in 2011 and all good to cordillo but it rained after there and as we travelled on the black soil as you get closer to Nappa Merrie just after Saint Anne Range it was like grease and towing was very interesting.
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 09:24

Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 09:24
You drive to the conditions, it was dry and didn't require 4x4.
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Follow Up By: Member - Young Bill - Monday, Jun 06, 2016 at 16:49

Monday, Jun 06, 2016 at 16:49
Thanks Mark,
Advice appreciated.
Bill
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Reply By: Member - Perry H (NSW) - Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 13:30

Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 13:30
currently closed due to rain / flooding
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Follow Up By: Member - Young Bill - Monday, Jun 06, 2016 at 16:50

Monday, Jun 06, 2016 at 16:50
Thanks Perry
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Reply By: Member - drew2026 - Sunday, Jun 05, 2016 at 20:29

Sunday, Jun 05, 2016 at 20:29
Hi Bill, you'll be fine in the Pajero with AT's. I drove it from Innamincka to Birdsville in early December last year as Walkers Crossing was closed for the summer. Was in very good nick with the occasional gas field trucks (pull off for them) the only traffic. Parts of it are almost gibber so I ran 28psi and was very comfortable.

THere's been a lot of rain through there, however, since December and I would assume the grader would be on the Arrabury south section first when it reopens.

It's great country out there - hope you enjoy it!

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