Donohue and Plenty Highways

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:01
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We are crossing these Highways in a few days time, and wondering if anyone has recent knowledge of the track?
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 13:01

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 13:01
all you need to know is you drive to the road conditions
cheers mechpete
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Reply By: Ozi M - Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 15:48

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 15:48
Did this about 10 days ago,

Plenty was excellent in places and quite bad in others so just take it as it comes.

The Donohue was rough from Tobermory to the border (only about 10K?) then much better than I expected from then on, only a few bad spots.

Donohue is better than the Plenty at present
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Reply By: splits - Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 18:02

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 18:02
What is bad to some drivers is good to others. They are both major roads that get maintained. Conditions can vary depending on where the graders are working but having said that the only thing that might stop you getting through is rain.

You must drive to the conditions on any dirt road and expect the unexpected. Most sections are wide, flat and look smooth. You could say the same thing about major sealed roads but you should never treat an unsealed road as though it was sealed. The dangers are often there but are not always clearly visible until it it too late.

Take it easy, never think about cruising speeds, don't set A to B time limits and you should not have any trouble.
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Reply By: ChrisVal7 - Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 19:28

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 19:28
Thank you for your help and advice. We are experienced off-road travellers, and regularly drive on bush tracks. It just helps to have recent information on a track.

Rain is the one thing which would bring us to a halt, and yes, we are praying for continued dry weather.

I will report back after we get to Alice Springs.
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 02:49

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 02:49
Hi Chris
There was a post about this very topic a few weeks ago. It will have extra information should you need it. If you are able divert through Arltunga. Well worth it.
Enjoy your trip
Robert
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Follow Up By: ChrisVal7 - Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 07:25

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 07:25
Thanks Robert!
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 00:58

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 00:58
Conditions reports consistently put the Donahue above the Plenty which has generous amounts of dust.

Both have substantial stretches of bitumen at their far ends. The Plenty has now over a 100 kms.

But I would not like to tackle the Plenty dirt if it rained while I was on it. The dust turns to thick mud.

You should check the official road reports just before you commit to the route.
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