Anne Beadell Highway (ABH)

Has anyone done the ABH recently ? What was the track like, we did it in2013 so thinking it’s about time to revisit. Permits and S.A. border pass to be got but it all seems to boil down to Covid!! Cheers for any info.
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Reply By: Gramps - Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 at 20:03

Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 at 20:03
Travelled Laverton to Coober Pedy in April just gone. As expected lots of corrugations, washouts, overgrown sections (good for bush pinstripes), sand and rocky sections. Very little traffic (4 vehicles + 2 motorcycles). Diesel $3.30 at Ilkurlka.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 08:21

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 08:21
Gramps, was the rough part from Emu to Coober Pedy?

I assume it wasn't too bad on the West of Emu.
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 08:46

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 08:46
Tony,

From memory, the worst and longest sections of corrugations were between Emu and Coober Pedy. West of Emu was mostly sand and rocky sections. All OK provided you drive sensibly and take the 'chicken tracks' where appropriate.

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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 15:45

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 15:45
I drove it west to east in 2019. The west end is wide and graded. The road gradually shrinks to a single track, and deteriorates in quality, as you continue east.Emu through Mabel Creek was brutally corrugated.

As noted in other responses, there will also be some rocks, sand in stretches, and plenty of encroaching vegetation.

You're probably on top of this, but keep an eye on Ilkurlka Roadhouse. They've been closed for a bit due to covid, but their website says they're reopening on 19 July. Of course, things could change and they might close again, which could be a problem if you were already out on the AB!
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Reply By: Member - Duncan2H - Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 at 20:41

Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 at 20:41
I did it two weeks ago for the second time.. nothing has changed, terrible corrugations along many sections.. there's even chicken tracks for some corrugated sections - they are that bad. Its a great drive but your vehicle needs to be well prepared. I would carry at least two spares and be sure to have a tyre repair kit.
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 08:40

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 08:40
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It's the Anne Beadell Highway..... nothing much changes!
Unless it rains!!! Lol
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Reply By: Member - Duncan2H - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 09:36

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 09:36
Plenty of camels about at the moment. I know they're feral, but they're kinda cool to see in the wild. This fella just refused to move and I had to overtake him..



ExplorOz running on the Tablet you can see. I looked at a variety of maps on this trip including Westprint, Hema, and ExplorOz. There was zero doubt that ExplorOz Traveller had absolutely the best map and had the most comprehensive points of interest list for this track.



40 year old spring packs didnt enjoy the ABH.. I found this broken leaf at the end.

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Follow Up By: Member - Lyncol - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 16:01

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 16:01
Hi Duncan what was the fuel usage with the old girl?
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan2H - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 18:09

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 18:09
About 16.5L/100.. I ran quite low pressures which contributed to that.
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Reply By: Member - Lyncol - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 13:02

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 13:02
Thanks for your replies, agree with AllanB, will have to get organised and do it. Thanks again it’s what we were hoping
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 14:01

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 14:01
It's damn nice trek even if a bit corro.
Maintain a close watch for washouts and keep the tyre pressures low where needed. Should be more comfortable in the Prado than in my Troopy but.
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Reply By: Member - Lyncol - Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 18:04

Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 at 18:04
HI ALLAN Just upgraded the 2007 prado , it’s our main vehicle so get the best of both worlds, towing a tvan. No problems last trip ran 18psi in front tyres and on Camper and 22psi in rear , did this because it worked well on googs track only travell to conditions!! Yours might be a bit smoother than Duncan’s LOL
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