travelling along theplenty highway

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 19:14
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just wondering if any one can give me some insight on the highway , we are travelling from brisbane to alice springs the 4wd is a 92 4runner we are also planning to tow a trailer
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:02

Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:02
It is a wide gravel road with lots of corrugations, some stones and some small rocks. 80kmh will do nicely. Some of it is fenced, some isnt. There are camping opportunities along the banks of dry creek beds. If it is wet you are in trouble. Watch out for Road Trains(triples up to 60m long)! Enjoy
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Follow Up By: Joe - Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:18

Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:18
thanks willem,
were travelling south to north up the hay river in july, up to the plenty highway, good to know we will be on a good road to alice when we reach it.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:50

Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:50

The Hay River trip should be a good one. We did something similar about 100km to the west of the Hay many years ago, driving from Jervois to the French Line and then on to Birdsville.
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:27

Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 20:27
Its greatly improved over the past 10 years or so. I did from Boulia to Alice in a long day, taking it fairly easy but just keeping on keeping on. Some nice country and as posted, take care. Let the tyre pressures down a tad, it is well known for stuffing the round expensive black bits :)) (I didn't have any problems but many did). Boulia end was graded for around 30K, goat track to the border and full steam ahead from there on across. There are even some rest shelters, not many but a few. I was overtaken by a tourist bus from Alice Springs around Jarvois, I guess they wanted to take the day trippers home.
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Reply By: warthog - Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 22:50

Saturday, Mar 26, 2005 at 22:50
There isn't much money around for road maintenance in the Territory at the moment, the road may be fairly corrugated. For information on the state of the road it might pay to give Harts Range police stn a call prior to your departure 0889569772 and Infrastructure Roads and Transport 0889515542. There is also a web site listed in the phone book
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Reply By: Richard - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 06:58

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 06:58
Its tough on trailers so make sure the suspension setup is solid. I have seen stub axels broken and tyres with holes punched through the sidewalls although this was some years ago and we took 2 days. Haven't been through recently but just take it easy.
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