anne beadell highway

Hi all, We are heading off in 2 weeks and would like to hear from anyone on or just completed the Anne Beadell highway. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Bob.V
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Reply By: The other Norm C (WA) - Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 09:48

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 09:48
Morning Bob
Can't help with your question but will await to see the responses
you get We leave Perth for the Anne Beadell on the 17th Sept
Have a good trip
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Follow Up By: Member - bob v (WA) - Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:05

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:05
Hi Norm. It looks like we will be about 1 week ahead of you. I have posted a new blog which may be of interest to you once we get to the AB highway. With any luck my limited skills will allow me to post photos as well. Sue
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:45

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:45

I travelled the Anne Beadell Highway as far as Neale Junction in June. It was your typical outback track: some corros, some rocky bits, some washouts and even some good sections. Nothing that presented any great problems as long as driven with the usual care an attention.

Chat from travellers passing in the opposite direction suggests that the road is fairly reasonable until you get to SA where the corros are said to be severe.

There were lots of wildflowers around, it sometimes makes you wonder how it qualifies as a desert.

If you look through the blogs you will find a group from WA went east earlier in the year and gave a pretty detailed report.

I hope you enjoy the trip.

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Reply By: Steve63 - Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:58

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:58
Hi Bob,
Have not been on the track recently but have travelled it a number of times. Over the years it has not changed that much, basically the corrugations just get a little worse. Basically it is either not maintained or has minimal maintenance. The only issue is if it rains heavily in the region before you go. I could see many of the areas become impassable quite quikly. Like any bush track some caution is required and the increase in traffic recently means a little more attention is required.

Have a good trip. It is one of more plesant drives around.

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Reply By: TheMightyMoose - Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:58

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:58
G'day Bob.V
Was out there about one month ago.
Let your tyres down (heaps) for the SA leg of the journey. Some bloody awful corrugations. Stop often.
Beautiful country - wildflowers galore.
WA side is generally way less corrugated however I can only vouch for the section to Neale Junction because we turned south there and followed the Connie Sue for a bit.
Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip.
BTW - fuel was $2.70 per litre for both petrol and that smelly stuff.
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Follow Up By: larry w1 - Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 17:48

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 17:48
Bob travelled from coober pedy to Neale junction then up the connie sue last month coober pedy to mable creek is a well graded road. it is sandy and rocky and very corrigated to the start of tarralinga park then sandy the track is very corrigated all the way to vokers hill then it improves slightly to the W.A border the track widens and improves to Ilkurlka then was freshly graded to neale junction My tips are let your tyres down to low 20s psi we travelled 20 to 30 kph. turn your mirrors in ,make sure your suspention is A1. There is no water on the S.A side The W.A side has very good fresh Water emergency tank water that were full from the plenty of rain they have had out there this year.I have not seen the country looking better plenty of camels that dont want to get of the road . All four vehicals in our group broke something on the S.A section the worst being a power steering hose from the bad corrigations . My 200 series broke a spare wheel catch New troop carrier broke its battery holder Patrol some damage to tray having said that nothing that stopped us .This is one of the best trips the wild flowers will be fantastic they were just starting when we were there. Great facilities at Ilkurlka a hot shower was great.
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Reply By: Candace S. - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 11:12

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 11:12
I was going to start a thread asking about the road between Coober Pedy and the Ground Zero totems. But reading this, it sounds like that section of AB is not a problem other than the corrugations. Am I right?
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 14:39

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 14:39
Unless it rains. The Mabel Creek region can get very soft and I imagine impassable at times. Pretty tricky going April 2010.
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Reply By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 21:54

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 at 21:54
Did that trip in July.Yes it's magic country!!.Only advice I can give is keep tyre pressures at 25lb or thereabouts and drive accordingly.Be certain your shockers are in great condition as it killed one of mine in 300ks
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Reply By: Member - bob v (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 08:25

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 08:25
Hi all. Just a thank you for all the follow ups. These have pretty much confirmed what we were thinking the track would be like. We are really looking forward to this trip and it looking like we won't be disappointed. Thanks again Sue
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