Condition of Mulga Park Rd from nr Curtin Springs to Sturt Hwy?

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Road Access and Condition of Mulga Park Rd from nr Curtin Springs past Mt Conner to NT/SA border then east to the Sturt Hwy?

Guys, looking for some information on the following:

# Can you drive from Curtin Springs down along Mulga Park Rd past Mt Conner and then follow the road out to the Hwy to Kulgera?
# Are u able to drive to Mt Conner (base of)?
# What are the Road Conditions like
# Roughly what sort of "Driving Time" are u looking at to get from one end to the other?
# Are u allowed to camp off to the side of the road (if u have to)?

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Aug 27, 2018 at 14:06

Monday, Aug 27, 2018 at 14:06
I have driven Curtin Springs to Kulgera via Mulga Park on several occasions over the years in vehicles including Minis, a VW Kombi and 4WDs.
The road carries relatively little traffic and that usually means that its condition is OK.
No, you can not get closer to Mt Connor without permission from the property owner.
I would have no hesitation in spending a night along the way, but only close to the road.

The conditions were not so good in 1974, the year of the BIG wet.

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Reply By: pmk03 - Monday, Aug 27, 2018 at 14:15

Monday, Aug 27, 2018 at 14:15
I travelled that way solo about 6 years ago with no problems. Yes you can get out at Kulgera & No you can't access Mt. Connor
From memory it was a drive in the park, but it was dry. Rain might make it a little difficult.
It's a great trip with views of Mt Connor you normally wouldn't see from Lasseter Hwy.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 00:08

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 00:08
In addition to the preceding replies, you can book a tour out to Mt Conner at Curtain Springs roadhouse. It is well worthwhile, IMO.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at 04:23

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at 04:23
On the tail end of a 13k km drive recently, we came out to the Stuart Hwy and pulled into Curtain Springs for a break.
Saw a large group of tag alongs waiting at Curtain Springs to leave.
It looks popular and knowing that is operating would consider it next time going through.
Mt Conner is certainly impressive and seems to getting more attention from travellers.

We camped in a creek line about 100m off Mulga Pk Rd some 10 - 12 years ago, enroute the Mt Woodroofe access.
Very little traffic and camping responsibly no one should bother you too much.
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Reply By: RMD - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 09:10

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 09:10
I don't think the Sturt Higway is near Curtin Springs or Mt Connor.
The Stuart Highway runs closer.



PS The Sturt Highway is an Australian national highway in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. The Sturt Highway is an important road link for the transport of passengers and freight between Sydney and Adelaide and the regions situated adjacent to the route.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 15:27

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 15:27
RMD, I think he meant the Stuart Highway, all the answers so far have assumed that.

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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 19:11

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 19:11
Yes, he does mean the Stuart Highway but is reading a map of tracks and roads which are labelled and show the Stuart to the east of his position, but twice mentions the Sturt highway as being to the east of Mt Connor.
A bit worrying to those a little unfamiliar with the relativity of it all, difficult to fathom if a OS traveller or townie.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 19:27

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 19:27
If you read his signature, you'll quickly work out that he's a seasoned traveller.

He just made a small, simple spelling mistake.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 22:09

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 22:09
As did RMD, it’s Mount Conner!
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at 23:05

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at 23:05
Yes, while it is often misspelled as Mount Connor, we also see Curtain Springs and Sturt Highway. While I do not pick on people's typos, spelling or grammar mistakes, when it comes to place names a wrong letter or two can lead you to somewhere quite different.

Also if not spelt correctly, information here will not be found in a search by others looking for the same information.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at 23:08

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 at 23:08
Interesting. The ExplorOz auto- links it put in my post linked Connor not Conner. So ExplorOz has it wrong too.

From My Blogs "Explorer William Gosse named the mount in 1873 after M.L. Conner, a South Australian politician. Both spellings of Conner and Connor can be seen on brochures and maps."
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 at 16:51

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 at 16:51
"Also if not spelt correctly"

I'm guessing that was a deliberate ruse Motherhen! Especially as you have lots of grain farming experience lol!

(tongue firmly in cheek!)
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 15:46

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 at 15:46
Hi RobMac, As others have already answered, yes you can drive the Mulga Park Rd. from Curtin Springs to the Stuart Highway. We have done so on several occasions, the last time was 2 years ago. We camped about 200m off the road near some cattle yards.


The road can be corrugated, so drive to the conditions. Keep an eye out for traffic joining the road at intersections, the locals do not always look or slow down or keep to their own side of the road. The friends we were travelling with clipped the rear end of another car as it came careening out of a side road onto the Mulga Park Rd. Fortunately the bullbar on the front of my friends Navara took the impact extremely well. It was a glancing blow to the bullbar, but destroyed the other cars right rear tail light.

It is 242 kms, we sat on 75 - 80 kms/Hr for most of it, so should take you about 3 - 4 hours, depending on the road conditions.

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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Friday, Aug 31, 2018 at 19:49

Friday, Aug 31, 2018 at 19:49
Thanks Macca, that's the sort of info I was after :)
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Reply By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Friday, Aug 31, 2018 at 19:52

Friday, Aug 31, 2018 at 19:52
Guys, sorry for the spelling mistakes (fat finger syndrome) but generally everyone understood what I meant, especially since I mentioned Mulga Park Rd. Don't think there would be too many roads with that name. Yes, I did mean the Stuart Hwy as well.

cheers for the replies, if we have the time we will probably try and travel along this road for something different...
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