Strzelecki & Oodnadatta tracks

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 07:18
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Has anyone done the drive from the Strzlecki track to Camerons Corner recently?
What was the track conditions like and how much time should I allow?
Also the track from Oodnadatta to Dalhousie, on to Mt Dare and then Finke and Kulgera, how much travel time should I allow? I am heading off in 2 weeks from the Gold Coast along these tracks to Ayers Rock. Have not been in this area for 25 years, am really looking forward to it. Thanks for any help.

Allan
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 07:46

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 07:46
I was preparing for our trip in Sep last night and thought the Strzelecki might be an option. I notice on the map an "old Strzelecki" and just plain "Strzelecki" tracks. I'm interested in recent feedback too.

Gaz
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 08:02

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 08:02
The Strzeleki Track is a good dirt road. the old Strez Track has much more to see as it follows the creek. 3 weeks ago it was in good condition
Vince
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:56

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:56
Gary, we are doing the same area in September, leaving Traralgon on the 1st & return on the 30th. We plan to see as much as we can in that time, mainly on & around Strzelecki, Birdsville & Oodnadatta Tracks.
SWMBO wants to slip up to the 'Rock' as well.
Obviously we plan to go to Cameron Corner as well.
Certainly hope to see you on the road somewhere.
I will be interested to find out what condition the Bore Track is in, as it looks the best way to go to Innamincka from CC.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tim D (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 23:15

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 23:15
I'm planing on leaving the first week in sept as well from sale so we maybe able to catch then
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:05

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:05
Tim or Gary,

Send me your phone number by email to:
patrol6@ozemail.com.au

& I'll give you a call & see if we can meet up!
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 08:00

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 08:00
The road from the Strzlecki to Cameron Corner is good dirt and will take you about 1.75 hrs
Vince
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Follow Up By: Allan - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:25

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:25
Thanks Vince
Allan
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Reply By: pmacks - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 09:11

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 09:11
G Day Allan,
can i come with you?
this time last year we did a simillar trip, from Oodnadatta to dalhousie took 3 hours and from dalhousie springs to kulgera took about 3.5 to 4 from memerory but we were towing an off road goldstream camper.
dalhousie is not that far from Oodnadatta and we thought it would take about 1.5 hrs to travel but as we were getting fuel at the pink road house we started to chat to them ( as you do ) and they said it would take 3 hrs we laughed but they laughed last as it took three hours on the button. One point of interest though on the way in we past a guy who was fixing his third flat in about 2 klms and and he said the road was shocking but i would have liked to have known how quick he was driving as we had no problems and thought the road was OK
have a great trip
Pmacks
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 10:00

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 10:00
Pmacks
The other thing that would have been good to know was what PSI he had in the tyres.
We only got back from Birdsville 2 weeks ago and all the people we spoke to about flats were still running highway pressures in the tyres. We did 5,500 km of dirt without a prob.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Allan - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:29

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:29
Thanks Pmacks
Yes some people have to drive as fast as possible don't they. If only they would slow down and enjoy the scenery, and we would all be safer.
Thanks for the info, was undecided if we would go to Dalhousie but I think we will
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Reply By: pmacks - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 10:39

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 10:39
buggered if i know vince
we had six vehicles all towing and we all ran about 30 psi all round even on the trailers did a total of 8000 klms only had two flats overall, one was on the highway from curtin springs to the rock ( picked up a nail ) and the other was a side wall puncture on the road from yunta across to martins well. I do not now if we were just lucky but i always run about 30 psi when travelling in the out back and 38 round town, only ever go below 30 when doing sand driving.
peter
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Reply By: pshowell - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 12:05

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 12:05
The Strezlecki to Camerons Corner is a good road and once you get closer to Moonba it is almost like a highway as the oilcompanys look after the road. The road from Oodnadatta to Dalhousie is a little ruff with corigations and lots of gibber rocks. Dalihousie is very nice, beautiful spot atleast allow a day to look around there(don't foget your bathers). As for tyre pressure we did the I tyre doing the simpson 3 weeks ago and that was because we had psi to high. We had them around 20 and it was fine. Hope you have a good trip the country up there is really beautiful now after all the rain.

Patrick
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Follow Up By: Allan - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:30

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 17:30
Thanks Patrick
We are looking forward to it. 14th of August can't come quick enough
Allan
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Reply By: Rigor - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 12:50

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 12:50
The ageless question what pressure do I run , there is no definitive answer as there are too many variables . Common sense and experience will say that it depends on the vehicle , load , tyres , speed , temperature , terrain (sand gravel bitumen) one has to assess all of these when tripping. Always nice to have a starting point of course ,and my preferences for my setup is 36 on the bitumen 25 on gravel and start with 20 on the sand and experiment for best results.

good luck Rigor.
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Reply By: Nomad - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 22:08

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 22:08
Allan

Strez to Camerons is quite easy if it's dry. Wet?? well that's another story. First time I drove was in '91 and it p*ssed off that a little Subaru (nuthin like todays models) was flying across. Last trip was two years ago and I reckon in the dry I could have driven the commode across.

Mate, Oodnadatta to Dalhousie, if anything like it was in '89 will definitely take more than 1 1/2 hrs. Lots of gibbers which I believe are still there. Can't remember how long it took but we could only travel at about 20k for a lot of the time before we hit the Ood track.

Can't really help on the rest as I believe it has changed over the years. But even back then there was really no problem except isolation if something went wrong. Never did.

Enjoy mate, it's God's own country, and I'm jealous.
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Reply By: glenmac - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 09:08

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 09:08
Allan

A group of us did the Strezlecki Track 4 weeks ago. We travelled from Lyndhurst to Innamincka and the road was in excellent condition. We thought it should be renamed the Strezlecki Highway rather than Track.

Glenmac
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