Article Comment: Savannah Way

Submitted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00
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Doing part of the Savannah Way July August.Normanton, Hells Gate, Borroloola, Lorella Springs then down to Adels Grove. Towing a 20ft off road van. Google maps is telling me average speed about 20kph. Does this sound right.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 14:09

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 14:09
We did similar last year, we travelled it around July/August the Savannah Way was generally good and we sat on around 80Kmh with the Vista and Prado our normal cruising speed on good gravel roads.

Some side tracks ie road into Lorella Springs can vary from good when just graded (if they ever grade it that is), too pretty darn bad. When we did the Lorella Springs road, it was the latter and even with deflated tires etc it was slow going.

Hells gate was pretty busy from memory as they had a construction crew working out of there.

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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 20:22

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 20:22
Spoke to Rhett today and the grader is doing the tracks now.
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Reply By: Snowrok - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 18:42

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 18:42
The road would have to be pretty bad to justify that slow speed. You should be able to triple that!
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Reply By: Member - Will 76 Series - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 19:35

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 19:35
Tony, We also did this trip Jul/Aug last year and concur with HKB's comments. We had a LC76 wagon and Quantum. About 70km per hr average. The roads were all good and had dried out by then. My only advice is to monitor the rain as the roads turn very bad around the Lawn Hill area very quickly especially when towing.
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Reply By: Craig M1 - Friday, May 26, 2017 at 15:51

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 15:51
Hi Tony
Pretty much concur with others comments.
We did it a few years ago now but the section from Lorella springs turn off south to the Borroloola turnoff was horrendous. It was very stoney and pot holed.
We were in a 200 series and K Kamper . We kept the tyre pressures down on the vehicle and camper for comfort .
Lorella Springs was great , lots of interesting side tracks in particular the track out to the gulf is really something.
Cheers Craig
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