Maree to Marla

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 11:39
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My wife and I will be travelling this track in our Holden Frontera 4wd - topped up with camping gear etc.

Will the track be suitable come easter onwards and is 2 weeks enough time to enjoy the area - Adelaide to Maree to Marla to Adelaide

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Reply By: muffin man - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:22

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:22
2 weeks will be plenty.
Who knows about track conditions.
Keep an eye on transport sa northern road conditions nearer to when you go.
Other than that just go and whatever happens you'll have a ball.
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Follow Up By: mike p1 - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:35

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:35
Thanks MM - Looking forward to it - hopefully the rain will have cleared, the weather will be fine and we will have a ball. PS. Is there an actual road map of the Oodnadatta track itself?

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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:44

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:44
Yep, there is and you can buy them from ExplorOz shop, very to have as it shows you all the interesting places to go see.
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Follow Up By: muffin man - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:45

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:45
The RAA has an outback map which is free for members, it's more than good enough. They may have other stuff as well.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:45

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:45
Hi Mike,

The HEMA Great Desert Tracks South East map covers the Oodnadatta Track

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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:48

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:48
yes there is. Westprint have one and I suspect Hema as well. the westprint version is really good as they provide a lot of info about the area you're travelling which will make the trip far more interesting. worth getting it for the info on it's own

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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 17:03

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 17:03
Ditto - the comprehensive info on the back of the Wesprint Heritage maps is excellent - recommended.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vin & Lisa - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 17:06

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 17:06
You will probably need to get a SA Desert Parks pass before you go... the Westprint Maps actually come with this as a bonus. Just received mine yesterday :)
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 10:47

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 10:47
If you are just sticking to the OT then a Desert Parks pass is not required.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 14:24

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 14:24
Hi Mike

While you are in the neighbourhood as such, take a detour from Marree up the Birdsville Track for a ride on the upgraded ferry over the Cooper Creek that should have been put back into operation by then.

The upgrade work was carried out in Adelaide and they are up there at this very moment putting it all into place. The reports from various places say the Cooper could be down over the Birdsville Track within the new 2 - 3 weeks.

I am waiting on more official details and photos and will post them the moment that I get them.


Have a great time.


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Follow Up By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 18:03

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 18:03
Hi Stephen

i look fwd to seeing and hearing what they have done to the ferry after using it to take the 4x4 and then the camper across October last year. Maybe even get to do it all again after the Silverton Gathering this year - nah - think I'll do the Strez this time.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 19:04

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 19:04
Hi John

I was only speaking to my contact in Port Augusta today about the upgrades.
The moment that I receive the photos and full details, I can assure you that the EO forum readers will be the first to see and hear what changes they have made.

What I do know is that the ferry ramps have been lengthened so that it will be possible to take a camper or trailer over behind the towing vehicle. Because the main waterholes still have lots of water in then, that is why it should be a lot quicker for the water to reach the Birdsville Track Crossing this year. Transport SA are gearing up for a longer season this year, with at this very early stage, talks that it may run until November, which if is the case, you will be able to make the detour in August.


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Reply By: wendys - Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 23:20

Thursday, Mar 03, 2011 at 23:20
The Outback Travellers series of booklets is excellent. We used the Series 1 one on the Oodnadatta Track, the last time we did it. It is really detailed. I notice that the shop here sells them in packs, but we have bought the individual booklets at other outlets.
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