Plenty/Donahue hwy's

Submitted: Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:54
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we are planning a trip across to alice springs and were wondering if the donahue and plenty hwy would be a good alternate route as apposed to the black tar we will be travelling in june 2005 and our vehicle is a toyota coaster motorhome, any feedback would be appreciated. Max and Carol
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:57

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:57
Max and Carol, When do you plan to travel?
I can't help you as I havent travelled it, but my friends assure me you will do it OK in your bus. I will be travelling the Plenty early May- in fact May 1

David O
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Follow Up By: hedevil - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:11

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:11
hi David we plan to leave on 6 june, it would save quite a few km's as we are embarking on a 6 month trip around ,up to darwin and down the west coast across the bottom and back to brisbane. max
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:21

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:21
I am sure you will be fine, if you take all the normal precautions re remote area travel. If unsure, see links on this site. I am sure other members will let you know, but in any case message me and if you like, I can let you know in May what the road is like.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 20:17

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 20:17
Hi Max and Carol,

You will probably be able to travel the Plenty/Donahue as long as the tyres on your motor home are at a minimum all terrain, and you take it really slowly. It is a rough journey with lots of corrugations and bull dust. We crossed the Plenty two years ago and loved it, but it was rough. I have trip notes on 4wdadventureoz.com

Cheers

Glenn
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Reply By: Richard - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 21:11

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 21:11
Did it with great difficulty in 97 in a Tarago because of the low ground clearance and lack of underbody protection. Will be travelling west to east in July in a Pajero. If you take it easy you should be OK. Much better trip than the blacktop.
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Reply By: kev.h - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 19:30

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 19:30
Hi
I came back from Alice that way in october the road was not too bad a few patches of bulldust but other than that i was just a rough dirt road, like someone said good all terrain tyres are a must due to the rocks (not kind to road tyres ) pick your speed and go round the bulldust and you will be fine what i found was if there was a side track there was a reason so use them i drive pathfinder and had no trouble and there not known for there clearance most important have fun
regards Kev
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