PLENTY HWY and DONOHUE HWY

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 21:15
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Has any one done such a trip from the ALICE through to BOULIA down to BEDOURIE and then on to BIRDSVILLE , if so how long did it take you to complete cheer,s GREENDOG
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 21:44

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 21:44
Hi Peter,
I travelled from the opposite direction 2 years from Boulia to Alice Springs. We took two days as the road was very rough, but you could do it in one if pushing it. It would then be one days drive to Birdsville.

You can read my notes on my site 4wdadventureoz

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:36

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:36
Glenn and Peter,

Take a while at present, with good rains in the area. The Georgina was 0.5 M over the bridge at Glenormistion this morning.

Bit more rain like this over the next 2-3 months and the country will be a picture this year.

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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:49

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:49
thanks glenn and bob for the info just trying to sort out which direction to go thi year for the trip nth been thinking Oonadatta track into the alice then out to boulia down to birdsville back through the flinder,s and home any way well see what happen,s thanks GREENDOG
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Reply By: Tuco - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 23:21

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 23:21
Have travelled Isa to Alice and also Boulia to Alice in one day - daylight hours.
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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 12:38

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 12:38
THANKS Tuco well see how tha plaining go,s cheer,s GREENDOG
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 08:39

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 08:39
The western Qld roads are VERY rocky and can inflict a lot of stone and suspension damage, moderate your speed to minimise it. The Qld end of the Plenty is usually a series of bulldust holes which can also occur on the NT eastern end.
From the border to the Stuart hwy the Plenty gradually improves but can be stony and corrugated depending on how long since the last grade.
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Reply By: Karsten from Birdsville Studio - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 09:48

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 09:48
Two days is usually possible with a third up your sleeve allowing for weather and whether or not the roads been recently graded......as Bob has said there's been a bit of rain up north, if it pushes through the lakes the Simpson may be cut off. We've only had a few mm rain here though, pretty darn dry. If you're passing Peter, drop in and say gidday. I'll treat you to a great coffee.
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Follow Up By: peter in sa - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 12:37

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 12:37
THANKKS Karsten well see how our travel plains go this year weather we get up that way or not i just asked about them road,s just in case ,just same thing different thst,s all ,and yes i,ll be up for that treat thanks GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Wendy - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 13:22

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 13:22
Did Birdsville to Boulia easily in a day. Always some part of Donohue/Plenty that is rough and slow - usually need 2 days to do Boulia-Alice. Recommend a stay at Gemtree caravan park - great place to stay and try fossicking for gemstones, as well as exploring the nearby tracks in Hartz Ranges.
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