Strezlecki Track

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 14:25
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We're travelling down from Windorah via Haddon Corner, Nappa Merrie to Innamincka, then down the Strezlecki to Lyndhurst and Warraweena. Been to Warraweena and Copley before, and northern Flinders but not the other areas. The Trek notes on this site are really helpful but really don't go into a lot of detail about the road surfaces. We'll be travellin in early June in a V6 Prado, towing a Southern Cross Off Road trailer (abt. a tonne loaded), Can anyone fill me in on the surfaces on the planned route e.g extent of corrugations etc. I know there'll be bulldust and attendant holes etc. I notice from the map there are sandhills south of Innamincka - are these big/soft etc.?
Any info would be appreciated.

Craig (the squire and the missus.)
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 14:49

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 14:49
There are no sandhills on the strezlecki. It is a 100kph highway most of the time. Montecollinea Bore about half way down is a good stop.

Haddon Corner is where you might have fun. The roads down to the turnoff from Windorah are fine (watch out for oil tankers - if you see a ball of dust coming get off the road) The turnoff to Haddon used to be a huge tyre. From the turnoff you travel west taking it steady unitl you are nearly at the corner when you will come across sand dunes. Over the first ones is the usual camping area and we have taken trailers into there but the fianl push to the corner itself can be more soft dunes. As we were camped there we unhitched the trailers at the camp and then picked them up on the way back. The camping area is very close to the corner.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 15:58

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 15:58
This is really good information. As you won't be travelling until June - lots of things will change including the road conditions. Ask again just prior to leaving home, because someone will have first hand knowledge by then. Very good info about going into Haddons - leave the trailers (it's not far and there aren't many bandits and robbers about).
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 19:40

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 19:40
Yes good info.

From Innamincka south bear in mind that the Strzelecki is pretty much a gavel superhighway these days. Still rough and corrugated but not to interesting really. Try the Bore track if you are looking for something a little slower paced. THis will take you to Cameron corner and you can then double back to the Strzelecki near Merty Merty, then down to Montecolina bore bia the Strzelecki or the gas pipline road west of the Strzelecki

Dave O
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 17:12

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 17:12
Indeed re the above on the Strzelecki Craig - Most of the time (not all) the track is a highway - graded, sealed with clay etc - very smooth in parts - in other parts (mainly the lower section) there is no clay for the gangs to access so the surface is just graded gravel (and stones). These sections can be hard on tyres for some, so soften them down and slow down too ! Crook weather aside, the Strz is a straight forward remote areas drive.
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Reply By: KimPrado - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 18:37

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 18:37
Hi Craig,

The Strezlecki is a major (dirt) highway and, not prone to corrugations. However, like all Outback roads, it will depend on climatic conditions when your up there.

The last two years have been as wet as hell in parts of North and Western Australia. Road conditions can change considerably.

Depending where you are (if there is heavy rain), do not leave the compacted road.

There are many dry sandy creeks along the Strezlecki that are a delight to camp next to, particularly, at the southern end.

Hope you have a great trip


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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 10:18

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 10:18
Thanks to all above. Very helpful. Might also try the Bore track.

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 18:32

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 18:32
For something different, you could use the old Strezlecki for the northern half around Innamincka. It follows the creek, while the new road follows the ridges. Last time I used it was a few years ago, but it was OK then. Bit of bull dust and a few light corrugations. Check locally to see.
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