Anne Beadell. How Long?

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Planning a trip which includes the Anne Beadell Hwy.

I've read you should allow 5 days and also read I should allow 7 days.

We're travelling east to west & wondering how long it has taken others to travel from Coober Pedy to Laverton?

Thanks.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:03

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:03
Personally I’d allow at least two weeks as there is so much to see and explore. Plus travel can be slow to the point you may only do less than 100 kilometres in a day...

Enjoy!

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:20

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:20
Hi Siringo

As a bare minimum, I would allow nothing less than 7 days..

Do as much research as you can, as there is a lot more to see out there than most expect.


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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:40

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:40
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Hi Siringo,

If you are in a hurry it can be done in 5 days.
If you want an enjoyable trip with no side exploring, allow 7 days.
If you want the full experience with exploration, allow 14 days.

My way is to set no times or expectations and simply take it as it comes. lol
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Reply By: Siringo - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:53

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 09:53
Thanks everyone for the help.

I'm allowing 7 days, I do want to do some exploring, it's a long way to go and not do any.

Can anyone suggest any 'must see' highlights on Anne Beadell?
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 10:40

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 10:40
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You may find the Anne Beadell Guide from Westprint useful.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 09:47

Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 09:47
Hi Again Siringo

There are many "MUST" see highlights along the Anne Beadell

Here are a few of my favourite things to see along the drive, having done it a number of times and for Fiona and I would have to be the best Len road to travel.

Research, research and then more research will reveal many of the places that we have found over the years.

All the best and enjoy one very special drive


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Follow Up By: Siringo - Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 10:38

Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 10:38
Thanks for putting up all those photos Stephen, it's greatly appreciated. I'm going to do some reading up before heading out, hopefully I'll be able to see some of the spots you've just shown us.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Monday, Apr 29, 2019 at 06:56

Monday, Apr 29, 2019 at 06:56
That old Emu sign is interesting. :) Is it somewhere near Tallaringa Well?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Apr 29, 2019 at 07:03

Monday, Apr 29, 2019 at 07:03
Hi Candace

Yes the original old sign is near Tallaringa Well.

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Reply By: Member - Darwin Dave - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 10:44

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 10:44
Hi Siringo,

I always allow for 12 sleeps, I will be leaving Coober Pedy on the 2nd or 3rd of May this year to do it again.

Last August I had a close call with a vehicle travelling to fast.
Had made radio contact then heard no more so I slowed down and the next thing a vehicle floats around the bend, I could see daylight under passenger side wheels as he tried to stop and ended up in the bushes on the wrong side of the track, could of been sad way to end a holiday.

I think 5 days across the Anne Beadell would be nothing short of a nightmare.

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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 15:52

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 15:52
Darwin Dave,
I'd wondered what you'd got up too. My old 79series is still doing what it was made for - hope it has served you well!
I heard somewhere that you'd helped someone out with a busted shackle on the ABH last year.

All the best,
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 15:54

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 15:54
Also, I've got rid of the 200series. Couldn't stay away from the 70series - now driving a Troopy.
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Reply By: Member - 2208mate - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 12:11

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 12:11
7 to 14 for me..
Depends if their is a lot of colorful vegetation to see as well as the usual odds and ends.
I've been 3 times and plan another trip this year. I like sniffing around Len's spoor.. hehe
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 13:56

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 13:56
Siringo, another thing to consider is the recent heavy rain through Central Australia. I am not sure if the rain reached this area, if it did, the road conditions may be quite difficult, someone else may know. Stephen Langham who is on this forum may be a good person to ask.

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Follow Up By: Siringo - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 16:34

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 16:34
Gday Macca. Yeah I'm not sure about all that rain. I don't think the stuff affecting Birdsville will affect the AB Hwy, not sure about the cyclone that hit northern WA though?

I wonder if there's a BOM satellite image I could take a look at somewhere? Think I'll go ask Google.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 17:09

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 17:09
No problem.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 20:40

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 20:40
Check this site out, Siringo. Numerous folk have been following the floods in the Diamantina, Eyre Ck & Cooper, over the past weeks.

I had a quick look along the AB but didn't see any large bodies of water. And if it's cloudy, you can't see "jack"!

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Reply By: splits - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 14:58

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 14:58
A few years ago someone on this site said their convoy took 6 days and then listed all the problems they had with the cars. Another replied their group took 12 days and did not break anything.

I rarely exceed 100 ks a day on those type of roads but a lot more on good ones like the Birdsville or Oodnadatta track. You will be averaging around 200 on a changing surface that can range from recently graded to very rough. A few more days added to your trip would be a good insurance policy.
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Reply By: Member - 2208mate - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 15:39

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 15:39
From Ilkurlka roadhouse to Laverton is an easy drive, the fuel man/recovery guy drives a truck and trailer loaded with 200L drums regularly along this track.
Corrugations are minor and sand hills are capped.
The excursion to see the plane wreck is the only area where you may need to leave the trailer behind..
Rain can cause a couple of places to become a trial, but rain forecasts are usually on the money, so forewarned it is!
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 16:32

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 at 16:32
Thanks again everyone.

Without having done it before, I was thinking of 200 - 300 kms/day may be possible. At that rate I'd be finished in 5 days.

I'm not in a hurry but do have to be back at work at a certain time so I do have to plan my trip.

In my planning I've given the AB HWY days and could possibky squeeze 1 or 2 more in if needed.

Thanks for the help everyone.
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Reply By: Candace S. - Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at 10:43

Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at 10:43
I spent five days simply driving from Cooper Pedy to Emu, exploring the Emu area, then driving back to Cooper Pedy. :)

Day 1: left CP first thing in the morning, made it to the western edge of Tallaringa Conservation Park.

Day 2: drove the rest of the way to the western side of Emu, arriving in early afternoon. Spent the day exploring till sunset, then camped for the night.

Day 3: More exploring around Emu, generally working my way East. Then in the afternoon started east again on the AB, stopping at sunset to camp.

Day 4: Continued east, still finding things to stop and look at. Camped at the east edge of Tallaringa, right before the gate, since I knew I couldn't make it to CP before dark.

Day 5: Drove the rest of the way to CP.

BTW, this was in a hire four-wheel drive. Which only had a 75 liter tank, and the low fuel light came on before I got back to Coober pedy! But otherwise, no vehicle problems. ;)
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Reply By: Rob A2 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at 11:24

Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at 11:24
The one thing yet to be mentioned is permits. Woomera is looking like it will be quite busy this year so worth researching their advanced notice of closures. Nothing worse that getting to the start and finding the gate locked

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Follow Up By: Siringo - Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 08:33

Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 08:33
Thanks for input Rob A2. I have all my permits, so no problems there.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 06:31

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 06:31
I had been considering the AB for this September, but the entire month is an exclusion period! :(
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 09:28

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 at 09:28
I was originally planning to go in September then found out all of September was closed off. I considered going up from Cook or somewhere similar, but was lucky enough to be able to move the trip forward to June.
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Reply By: Nacho - Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 21:04

Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 21:04
When we went in May 2016 it had been recently graded out to around Emu....made for much faster travelling.
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Reply By: Siringo - Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 13:44

Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 13:44
Just going over my permits.

I have an up to date SA Desert Parks Pass. Does anyone know if I need a pass to go through Mamungari Conservation Park?

Thanks.
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Reply By: Siringo - Thursday, Jul 04, 2019 at 11:22

Thursday, Jul 04, 2019 at 11:22
We've been home a few days since completing our trip.

It took us 7 solid days to travel from Coober Pedy to Laverton, travelling about 6 hours a day.

The track from Coober Pedy to Emu is terrible, from Emu to the WA border slightly better. From the WA border to Laverton better with some terrible sections.

It was a torture test for the body and the car and my advice is if you're not sure whether you want to do it, don't. It's not a very comfortable trip and I was constantly alert watching the track to try to pick the best line.

The vehicle was always noisey and bumpy due to the corrugatuions which meant often we couldn't even speak to each other when driving.

Every day of driving was driving on very badly corrugated road, starting the second you turned onto it.

I prepared the vehicle thoroughly for the trip & am amazed at how strong it must be to have completed the track with no damage. I'm not picking on brands or models, but I'm not too sure how well lighter 4WDs such as the 4x4 tradie ute style vehicle may fair on this track.

My Patrol held up well. We kept bumping into another couple in a 79 series ute and they said they had no mechanical issues post track either.

The sign at the Cobber Pedy end of the track says Laverton 1300kms, which is pretty accurate.

Of that 1300kms, I'd have to say that at least 1000kms is corrugated. Of that 1000, at least 600 is horrendously corrugated and 400 is severely corrugated.

We bumped into a couple coming the other way who had done the track 2 years previously and they said they couldn't believe how badly the track had deteriorated in that time.

Would I do it again? I don't think I would.
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