oodnadatta track

Submitted: Friday, May 02, 2008 at 21:39
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Hi
Looking at taking the Oodnadatta track and the dirt from Maree through to Alice.
Will be travelling next week, any info would be appreciated.
Thanks Lyndon & Bernadette
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 21:57

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 21:57
track either side of mt dare is bleep e!!!!!! lower tyre pressures like never before and take it slow! beware of the mozzies at dalhousie!

Finke fuel is only available certain days a week certain hrs.

Oddnadatta track is like a hwy with soooo much to stop and look at! Algebuckina Brdige worth the stop along with peake station - which takes forever to drive into but soooo worth it.

Dont go side tracking off the track - had to rescue a surveyor out of a clay pan near north creek i think ts called....

have fun!

Laura

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Reply By: Member - Burra - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:32

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:32
Great Trek, but not serious in difficulty. Distance is the issue with the track but if you are set out with 4-5 days of water & food you shall do it as a nice easy pace.

Take your time, lower your tyre pressure around 28-30 in a defener , stop and take in sites and enjoy. There is so much to see take your time and you'll enjoy.

But this depends on which exact route you are taking
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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:33

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:33
Hey Lyndon.

I travelled from Lyndhurst to Marla in January, I sat on 70/80 kph no problems towing a CT, My tyre pressures were 40 front 42 rear, I would not recommend lower, as you will tear the side walls out of your tyres.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:42

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:42
Well, doing 80 with lower pressures sure will rip out the tyres on any surface. I'd recommend about 25-28pressure but I'd be traveling a little slower. If you choose to go across the claypans I would lower tyre pressure further, but I think it is always wiser to take the tracks around the claypans. It may not have rained for months and look rock solid , but if you start to break through the claypan crust, you will wish (a) you hadn't gone that way (b) that you had lower tyre pressures.
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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:58

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:58
If you go via the clay pans, I agree entirely.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 17:34

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 17:34
Steve, you would get along well with our next door neighbour - swears by high pressure....

us on the other hand sat our tyres around 25-30+...I think the rear were 35max. We havent had an issue yet with this.....we also took into ac bleep that there is the tread on the road and if rock hard going over a sharp piece of rock then there is more chance of a puncure, but softer then it will have a little give in it...
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Reply By: Member - Mal and Di (SA) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 23:16

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 23:16
I have just got a book named Oodnadatta to Alice Springs from the EO shop. It looks great with a lot of detail. Haven't used it in the field yet but looks brilliant.
M.
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 09:23

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 09:23
Hi
What is the name of the book you have about the Oodnadatta Track and does it have detailed maps ?
We leave Monday so won't have time to source one through EO.
Thanks for your help.
Lyndon
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 23:24

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 23:24
Just back from Alice - Old Andado - Mt Dare - Eringa - Oodna - Marree.

The bulldust from St Theresa to Mt Dare is the worst I have ever encountered in about 35 years of travel. It's up to 45 cm deep for many consecutive kilometres. Speeds we drove in these sections were about 60-70 kph, at best. Once in the softer country of the dunes & swales it was easier going.

Oodna track in very good condition, especially from about Algebuckina Bridge to Marree. Fair from Mt Dare & Dalhousie turn-offs to Oodna.

We were in my GU Patrol, about 3.5 t,with the Goodyears set on 28psi. No tyre issues. The green cans near Alice Springs were an interesting comment on the Intervention Policy.

Have fun & use the Westprint map.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 16:28

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 16:28
Hi Gotta agree with you Rick about the tyre pressures, we usually go up the track each June to Finke. have done it many times both in the Subaru and the Pajero.
we always run 30lb in the front and 34lb in the back ( 604 Deulers 9R) on the Pajero and Pathfinder, and 28 lb all round on the Suby, ( 205x13 Eagle GA road tyres) and have never had any problems. usually do it with one stop at William Creek .
Have done it dozens of times on the Trail bikes and I can't really remember any tyre problems other than a nail after Oodna.
Drive to the conditions and you will be OK, they mentioned claypans , but none on the Track.
Cheers des.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 09:47

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 09:47
There are great bushcamps in Parachilna Gorge, about 12 k east
of Parachilna towards Blinman. Commercial camping in Maree isnt
all that exiting.Algebuckina Bridge is also a top camping spot.
The museum in the Ood railway station was closed this time last year but it is very good if indeed still open. Ask at the Roadhouse.
Have a good trip...oldbaz.
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