Plenty Highway

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 17:17
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After crossing the great central road (great trip), we are now in Alice and learned that the Barkly is closed (for up to 3 weeks)
Being on a deadline to get to Cairns, the intention is to now travel the Plenty Hwy and avoid the Barkly.
Anyone got any updates on conditions (will also be checking local authorities) and any recommendations (fuel distance, accommodation etc). Not in a hurry, just can't wait three weeks.
Driving a Triton and towing a camp trailer.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
S and S
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 17:46

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 17:46
Have a look at this THREAD from a couple of days ago. You could check with the relevant State Roads Authority website.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 17:59

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 17:59
You may have to wait a while. ExplorOz has road info:
http://www.exploroz.com/QLD/Outback_Qld/Roads.aspx

The NT side of the Plenty is open, but
http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/obstructions-byregion.jsp#CENTRAL%20AUSTRALIA

The NT side of the Plenty is open, but says it is closed beyond Qld border due to flooding. Most states have a phone line for info about closed roads and road conditions, but don't know the Qld number.

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Reply By: deserter - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 18:43

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 18:43
Yoiu can get the latest from the RACQ website here
http://www.racq.com.au/benefits__and__discounts/road_conditions
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 19:46

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 19:46
S and S

I am afraid the only way to Cairns now is via Port Augusta unless you are prepared to wait a week or more. Or you can come via the Oodnadatta Track, Lyndhurst, Camerons Corner and east and north to Cairns

Here is a weather update for you

FLOOD WARNING FOR THE GEORGINA RIVER
Issued at 10:39 AM on Tuesday the 6th of January 2009
by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.

Rainfall over the last 5 days has caused rises and minor to moderate flooding in
the Georgina River from Urandangi to Roxborough Downs. Moderate flooding is
expected at Roxborough Downs during Wednesday and downstream to Glenormiston
later this week.

Moderate flooding is occurring on the Georgina River at Urandangie. At 8:30am
the river level was 6.05 metres and rising, and expected to peak below the major
flood level of 7 metres during the weekend. Minor flooding is occurring
downstream at Roxborough Downs, where at 8am the river level was at 5.86 metres
and rising. Moderate flooding is expected to develop at Roxborough Downs during
Wednesday, and extend downstream to Glenormiston later this week.

Minor flooding is occurring on the Burke River at Boulia where at 8:20am the
river level was at 4.4 metres and rising. Moderate flooding is possible during
the next few days.

Next Issue:
The next warning will be issued at about 10am Wednesday.

Latest River Heights:
Georgina R at Urandangi 6.05m rising 08:30 AM TUE 06/01/09
Georgina R at Roxborough Downs * 5.86m rising 08:00 AM TUE 06/01/09
Georgina R at Glenormiston 2.5m rising 08:00 AM TUE 06/01/09
Burke R at Boulia * 4.4m rising 08:20 AM TUE 06/01/09
Georgina R at Marion Downs 1.3m rising slowly 07:30 AM TUE 06/01/09


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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 19:50

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 19:50
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Bit more info to support Willem's.

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Dennis

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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 09:39

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 09:39
Another alternative would be Oodnadatta Track, Birdsville Track, Birdsville, Windorah, Longreach. All those roads/tracks seem to be open. You could probably make Longreach in 4+ days,depending on road conditions.

teege
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Follow Up By: Scott and Sharon - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:44

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:44
Thanks all for the info.

I've pretty much decided on the Port Augusta option. Lots more of the black stuff to see going the long way before I finally get to Cairns
Thanks again
Scott
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 14:22

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 14:22
Scott

On your way past from Port Augusta, drop in for a cuppa at Peterborough and I will assist you on a route to Cairns. Have done many of those outback roads. You may call me on 08 86513229


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Reply By: Member - Tony B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 19:46

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 19:46
Scott and Sharon. I would suggest you forget about going any place North as the monsoon trough is still active. You can get cut off for weeks in the Gulf Country. Find a route South and go the long way. You should never plan to travel in the North during the wet season. Some years you may get through by a fluke, but the chances of getting major stuck is too great. Best of luck finding your way. Regards Tony
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 21:57

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 21:57
Bit harsh. The Barkly is not Gulf Country.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 16:49

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 16:49
Whats Harsh - The good advice? I was not telling them off! The plenty is getting very close to the Gulf and is effected by the Wet Seasons Many a time. How many people are stuck in the North at the moment? Because I have lived and worked in that country, I from first hand experience, suggest it to be advice that should be posted. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 22:57

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 22:57
Nah, sorry mate what I meant was in reference to never planning to travel in the north during the wet. Should definitely allow for the fact that you may indeed get stuck, like you said.

Probably shouldnt plan to go too far off the beaten track in the wet though.
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Reply By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:02

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:02
S & S
Heard on the news that the rail is open to The Isa, maybe that is your way out
Cheers Ray
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:12

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:12
Poppy


Ummmm....... which rail???....LOL



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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:50

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:50
Willem
"Guard rail" LOL
Just kidding, the railway to Townsville is open so they could possible put vehicles on as far as Julia Creek or Hughenden and drive from there, be a lot easier than driving the long way round
Cheers Ray
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Follow Up By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:56

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:56
A big ooooppps
Should have read the post properly
Where the hell did I get the idea they were in Mt Isa
I will just take myself out behind the shed and give myself an uppercut
Sorry to all and I am just going to have a lie down
Cheers Ray
PS I think I might get off the rum diet
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 14:19

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 14:19
That's OK Poppy. It happens. I did a similar blooper in another post not so long ago....hahahahaha


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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 00:20

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 00:20
Gday Scott& Sharon,
Welcome
Like Willem said your short cut is Pt. Augusta.
Use your time looking around Alice...its not too hot and there is water around
Im local , and yell out if you need a hand...Cheers
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Follow Up By: Scott and Sharon - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:40

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:40
Hairy,
Cheers for the info. I have pretty much resigned myself to heading back down South and going the long way round.
Travelled the Barkly a few times and not ever seen it this bad.
Cheers
Scott
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 11:15

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 11:15
S & S,

50mm of rain in Birdsville last night, and monsoon trough still in that area.

If you can't wait for over 3 weeks, strongly suggest the Port Augusta route suggested above. Take care with all the extra trucks on that road, that have had to bypass the Barkly H'way.

Safe journey,
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Follow Up By: Scott and Sharon - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:42

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 13:42
Bob,
Thanks for the "good" news of more rain.

Looks like Port Augusta it is, although reluctantly.

Cheers

Scott
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