William Ck to Coober Pedy

Hi all, I'm new to ExplorOz but enjoying the experience. Does anyone out there have any recent experience of the track between William Creek and Coober Pedy? I'll be driving a reasonably well set up Suzuki GV and towing an off-road camper.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 20:49

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 20:49
The road is listed on this site under road conditions; see how recent the update is.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin O (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:12

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:12
Thanks heaps for the direction - obviously I'm still finding my way around the website.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:34

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:34
Yeah, lots here.

I hope to do it myself with Forester and CT in Sept. Rain is the thing to look out for as far as I can gather.
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Follow Up By: Member - esarby (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 14:53

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 14:53
I drove it Xmas 1984/5. Good road except for the desert end before the Anna Station turn off. We were confronted by a huge sand dune. It happened to be near to BEER O'Clock, so we sat on the bonnet of the Subaru T/Wagon for a while and to our surprise the grader came puffing over the top of the dunes. They hitch us up and towed us through the dune and back onto solid ground. It was great to get to William Creek and top up the Esky.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin O (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 19:24

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 19:24
Some amazing stories here - can't wait!
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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:25

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:25
Kevin

You won't have any problems. The road crosses a bit of Gibba, but apart from that it's a good dirt road.

The kids drove part of it in a Falcon just recently and had no issues.

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Reply By: dazza0503 - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:27

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 21:27
Hi Kevin
No recent trips but have done it about 5 times in the past. There will be no problems at all with your setup I say.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 00:31

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 00:31
Yep, drove it in 1990..... not long ago. Was rough.
Nearly got cleaned up by a tour bus travelling the opposite direction.
When you go, would you please look out for my long handled post-hole shovel. I lost it somewhere along that road.

Do you know.... The hardwear shop in Coober Pedy had never heard of a posthole shovel. They can't dig post holes with a shovel around there.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 08:05

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 08:05
I drove it is 2002 and it was like a super highway. Best dirt road I've EVER driven. Grader team was just finishing up..
Just shows how conditions can change.
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Reply By: DaveO*ST-R - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 09:04

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 09:04
Drove Coober Pedy to William Creek in September? last year. Road conditions were generally excellent. Well maintained with some road works going on. 2WD Commodore could have done it easily.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 14:52

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 14:52
I drove it in a Corolla in Dec 1978.
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Reply By: Holden4th - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 20:06

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 20:06
...and look out out for the following trees

Fox fir

Pussy willow

I hope they are still there and displaying their unique foliage
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Reply By: Bytemrk - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 20:52

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 20:52
Hi Kevin,

No detailed information on that road for you - But I asked a similar question here about 3-4 years ago about the same road.

Somebody here ( I'm pretty sure it was Willem) Suggested I take the extra time if I could.... keep going up to Oodnadatta and then go down through the painted desert on the way to Coober Pedy.

I have to say it was fantastic advice... we found some beautiful country we would never have even thought about. It really was a memorable part of that trip.

If you can spare the time I'd strongly recommend it ( it only added 1 day for us - though you could spend far more if you wanted to).

I'm sure you Suzuki should have no real dramas on any roads up there if driven to the conditions..

Cheers, Mark
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Reply By: humie - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 01:08

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 01:08
Hi Kevin,we did the track from William Creek to Coober Pedy about a month ago. We towed a 17ft off road van with an 80series cruiser. It was a better track than the one from Marla to William Creek.Your set up should do it easily.Just beware of the washouts if it rains. We followed a minibus towing a rodeo for some of the way and he was only half an hour after us into town. Have fun,
Humie
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