Sturt NP NSW - Olive Downs campground to Fort Grey via Middle Road

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 17:17
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Is Middle Road a well defined road or just a track? Would you think a novice 4wd operator would find it difficult and intimidating? The vehicle would be well kitted out and be using EO Traveller for navigation with paper maps as backup as well as a PLB and satphone.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 17:55

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2020 at 17:55
Warren,

Was up there last October, with EO Traveller as my navigator. It's easy as to navigate on Traveller and the track itself is well defined - more like a road, really. You'd have to try very hard to get lost.

There are some stony parts around Olive Downs which can be a bit rough, some sandy parts and a lot of hard, smooth natural surface. Adjust tyre pressures to suit, drive to conditions.

There has been wet weather up there in the last month or so, so maybe check with NSW nat parks or the pubs or servo for road conditions.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Sep 11, 2020 at 06:59

Friday, Sep 11, 2020 at 06:59
It is more like a dirt road than a 4wd track. You sound organised with the right tools and plans.

It's a toddle. You'll love it.


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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 at 17:13

Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 at 17:13
Thanks Tony,
My son and DIL are borrowing the Pajero. They had there first run on dirt in the Brindies this afternoon, so I'm glad it's a toddle, hoping that they get a taste for the desert . Son just wants to get away from several months of extreme hi- pressure covid 19 related work.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Friday, Sep 11, 2020 at 21:30

Friday, Sep 11, 2020 at 21:30
There's a three part on Youtube that is very good. Here's the first -

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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Monday, Sep 14, 2020 at 13:26

Monday, Sep 14, 2020 at 13:26
Thanks Michael,
He's an interesting presenter and has put together some good videos. They should help trip planning, it's actually the son who's going, but it is on my list, combined with the Strezlecki Track when we can travel interstate (other than NSW) again from our ACT covid hotspot that hasn't had any community transmission for 105 days, for the one and only case and has been free of all cases for 60+ days!
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Sep 14, 2020 at 16:28

Monday, Sep 14, 2020 at 16:28
Yes, I really like his videos and he seems like a very nice fellow. We were going up to corner country ourselves a few weeks ago and got to Bourke on the day it rained and closed every dirt road in the north west. We had to turn right at Bourke and explore the New England for a week instead. We got a few inches of snow on us at Mt Kaputar so it was pretty interesting anyway. Cheers.
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