Road conditions - Outback way

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 16:51
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We're travelling from Perth to Townville in earl July with my family and will be going via the Outback Way. I'm looking for feedback on the road conditions of the Great Central Highway, Plenty Highway and the Donohue Highway. I'd also be grateful for any indication of diesel fuel costs along the way.
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Mike.
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Reply By: Jon W (Toow - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 17:13

Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 17:13
Hi Mike. Have just done Winton to Laverton mid-May. Will turn comments to your travel direction. We have a modified 2014 Pajero and we were not towing but are heavily loaded.
Laverton to NT border was in excellent condition with some newly sealed sections and we had to resist the temptation to sit on 100 kph. Played it safe and sat on 85 - 90. Lots of roadworks though.
NT border to Docker River was a woeful 10 km section of extremely severe corrugations which had us down to walking speed for most of that section.
Docker River to Tobermorey was variable but generally not bad except for some bad patches of bulldust between Hart's Range and Jervois.
Qld border to Boulia was very good with about half of it newly sealed and two lane.
Did not record the diesel costs but be prepared to pay much more per litre.
Hope this is of some assistance.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 10:56

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 10:56
Diesel is $1.50/L at Boulia, and 131.9c/L in Winton.

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Reply By: Mikeofoz - Friday, Jun 09, 2017 at 11:51

Friday, Jun 09, 2017 at 11:51
Thanks Jon. We did the Great Central in 2013 and found it in good condition back then too. We want to do the Plenty before it turns into a black top with Hyundai Getz' s overtaking us.
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Follow Up By: terryt - Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 19:22

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 19:22
What have you got against hyundais
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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Monday, Jun 12, 2017 at 13:23

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 at 13:23
Nothing. I once owned one and thought it a good vehicle. I just wouldn't take it off road. LOL.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 06:33

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 06:33
You need to check just days before you go as conditions vary over time.

FWIW the Plenty is patchy at the moment, literally - stretches of fast crushed rock and dirt followed by stretches of red dirt of variable quality.

The Qld side, the Donohue, is very good.

From Boulia to the start of the bitumen on the Plenty (120 k from the Stuart) I averaged 80 this Sunday/Monday.

Tobermorey I'm told is expensive.
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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:11

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:11
Thanks for the feedback Sigmund. I'll check again when we get to Alice around mid July.
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