Wilcannia to Charleville

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 01:04
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Making a quick trip from Adelaide to Qld next week without sightseeing. Looking at whereis the run from wilcannia to Charleville via hungerford and Eulo is several 100 KM shorter than going on the blacktop to Bouke and then up but several hours longer. I am not sure how whereis calculates time but I was wondering whtte cndition of the unsealed road is like and whether it would in fact be shorter in time as well,
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 01:27

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 01:27
WhereiS uses speed limits as well as the road conditions to calculate travelling times. Take the hint with what you have just seen, go the extra 100 km (unless you are after the adventure.)

The same sort of trip calculations can be made via Google Maps. When you use that, you can use the street view to look at the road surface (if the camera car has been there.) Just turn the street view around to look up and down the road. If the camera car has not been there then its probably going to be a little rugged.

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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 14:33

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 14:33
I have only travelled sections of that road, around White Cliffs and also North of Hungerford but they are fully formed graded unsealed roads, the condition of which is dependant on the last rain and grader visits. Provided they are in reasonable order I can't see why you could not sit on your 90-100. Perhaps call Wanaaring Police for an up to date road report.

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Reply By: eighty matey - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 14:42

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 14:42

The run you are looking at is dirt and long. There has been a lot of water through there during the last 12 months, or so, and has affected a lot.

I did Eulo to Hungerford on Monday this week. Most parts are in good condition and it's easy to sit on 80 - 90 kph. Hungerford to Wanaaring would be pretty much the same but Wanaaring to Willcania has been closed for much of the year, so I couldn't tell you what the condition of the road and average speeds would be.

Central Darling Council cover that area and they could tell you what it's like. Ph (08) 8083 8900 and email council@centraldarling.nsw.gov.au, though emails seem to take a while to get a reply, if at all.

I hope that helps,

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 15:34

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 15:34
The Eulo Hungerford Rd is listed as Closed due to Rain as at 12pm today.

The Rain is starting to make me think of alternate routes to get to Silverton for the Gathering now :(

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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 19:12

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 19:12
That makes the bitumen look like a good option.

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