Detour off Plenty Highway into East Macdonnells

Submitted: Monday, Jul 02, 2018 at 18:55
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Hi. Travelling Plenty Highway, East to West, towing a capable Off Road 20' caravan. Am finding road conditions for either the Harts Range Track, or Gemfields Rd and their suitability for traversing with a caravan difficult to find. We want to end up at Claraville, then Trephina, Ross River etc, then exit via the Ross Highway. Any relevant experiences appreciated. Cheers.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jul 02, 2018 at 20:42

Monday, Jul 02, 2018 at 20:42
It has been quite a while now, but the road heading south from Gem Tree should give no problems.
As far as I know, that is the only road heading south from the Plenty. The only other one was Cattle Water Pass which would have been pretty tough for a 20ft van, but it is permanently closed now anyhow.

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Reply By: Gerard S - Monday, Jul 02, 2018 at 21:14

Monday, Jul 02, 2018 at 21:14
Thanks Peter. My Hema maps showed a 4wd track by the Hart Range...but that was all I could find out.
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Reply By: Lowan - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2018 at 16:19

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2018 at 16:19
We went up from Old Ambalindum to GemTree towing camper trailers last year and had no problems. You should be alright with a capable short off road van.
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Reply By: Darren S1 - Thursday, Jul 05, 2018 at 12:01

Thursday, Jul 05, 2018 at 12:01
Hi Gerard,

When are you planning this trip? I'm looking at doing the Plenty around mid October. I've been eyeing off that track, but like you could not find too much info. I would be interested in getting a update on the road and track status

I've got a reasonable 18' offroader. But would be concerned about big departure angles.

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Follow Up By: Gerard S - Friday, Jul 06, 2018 at 08:12

Friday, Jul 06, 2018 at 08:12
Darren. I'll let you know how we get on. We should be on it sometime around the last few days of July. Our Lotus isnt brilliant on departure I bought the wife a shovel for her birthday. Cheers Gerard.
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