Plenty & Sandover H'way road report

Submitted: Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:57
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We travelled from Townsville to Alice Springs via the Plenty Highway & returned via the Sandover a couple of weeks ago & thought people maight be interested in the road conditions. The Donohue from Boulia to Tobermorey was OK to start with but got worse towards the border, lots of dust & fairly rough. There are some pretty extensive bulldust patches for about 60 km west of Tobermorey, keep well out to the side of them & you are OK though. A Subaru took one patch a bit cheaply the day before we got there & was bogged with bulldust halfway up the doors. Otherwise the road was rough but OK as unsealed roads go although we did get one blowout from a sharp rock. Boulia to Alice in a day is do-able.
The Sandover was in much better condition, even had a graders working on it in a couple of places & we could cruise at 100 kph over much of it. The track between Lake Nash & the Urandangie-Mt Isa road has not seen a grader in years but is good black-soil driving.
Not impressed with Waeco fridges though, the temperature setting jammed en route & the flimsy cord which stops the lid from opening to far snapped when the lid was opened a bit too vigorously.
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Reply By: Mick - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 09:12

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 09:12
Yep, saw the roadworks on the sandover near Ooratippora station (if thats how its spelt) turnoff, they were doing an excellent job.
I took the turnoff at Ooratipora and went through their property and came out on the plenty near the Hearts Ranges police station.
Its a beuatiful road with no traffic at all.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 11:24

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 11:24
we were up the Sandover last Monday but only as far as Utopia before we cut through to the Plenty. Graders were still going.
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