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Submitted: Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 00:35
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Hi can anyone suggest where i can get accurate advice on the road conditions from Leigh Creek through to Coober Pedy please?

We are towing a 24' van and would like to travel in the next few days. I know there has been rain up there and knoe i could get through if it hadnt rained but i want to make sure one way or the other soon.

If you have travelled this road in the past week or know someone who has please let me know, or if you could suggest a good source of info it would be greatly appreciated. cheers dave
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 07:21

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 07:21
Did you look at the Road condition area of this site??

http://www.exploroz.com/SA/SA_Deserts/Roads.aspx

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Follow Up By: happycattle2000 - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 09:11

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 09:11
yes that is where i looked first but the information is 10 days old and a lot can change in that time.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 08:46

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 08:46
In such circumstances, it seems that the best available advice is gained from responsible locals - such as the publican at William Creek, the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta (the Plate's are right up with all issues on the track) - also the Police at Marree / Leigh creek. Web pages like SA Roads, are by their nature often quite slow on displaying the latest accurate info.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 09:53

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 09:53
Tried calling the Leigh Creek police a few weeks back for road condition updates after the recent rains. The call went through to Port Augusta Police where I was given the number for the Transport SA recorded message, which as previously stated, was outdated.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 09:23

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 09:23
Yep - it's tiresome - you'd think our tax dollar would buy just a little more service than that. It's crazy how many times we've come up up against a locked door with a brochure stuck to it, when looking for advice in the outback. Seems that friendly locals may be the ONLY resort.
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Reply By: DIO - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 10:32

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 10:32
One of the first things I am inlclined to do is check with the B.O.M. to see what they have recorded recently in the way of rain. Rainfall for Coober Pedy April 2010. If there hasn't been any significant rain in the past 7 - 10 days then you probably have very little - if anything- to worry about.
Having checked with Transport SA, I note that they last updated their web site (road info) Wednesday 28th of April so their info is recent. Have a look for yourself Transport SA Road Conditions

If you can't get any satisfaction from Pt Augusta Police why not try Andamooka Police (they are responsible for Coober Pedy area)

Andamooka SA 5722
Phone (08) 8672 7072
Fax (08) 8672 7223

Travelling in the outback always requires some risk management. Sometimes forums can be helpful but really the best way is to do your own research and personally contact organisations or people who can give definitive answers to your questions. After all, you are the one that needs to make the decions. You shouldn't rely on someone elses judgement particularly if they don't have access to timely and relevant information.

Weather is something that is controlled by a much higher power than we mere mortals and all we can do is be patient and wait for the sun to shine and dry the roads out. Good luck.
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Reply By: patto - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 15:20

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 15:20
I came down from Oodnadatta to Leigh Creek on Tuesday this week and the roads were fine.
There is a little amount of water between Lyndhurst and Marree but it was not causing any problems for cars and caravans.
The road condition was good but with a few wheel ruts every now and again

Cheers

Patto
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Reply By: lollylegs - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:38

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:38
Have a look at the Transport SA Northern Roads web site. This thing is updated daily or when condtions change.
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