Connie Sue Hwy

Hey fellow travellers, Has anyone recently travelled the Connie Sue Hwy. If so any info on road conditions would be a help for us. We will be travelling with an off road Jayco camper trailer in tow. Thanks for any help.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 16:24

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 16:24
Hi Gonetroppo

Regardless of how recent someone has driven it, you will find that conditions do not change much over the years, as it is usually sees very few vehicles per year, (around 200 approx) compared to other tracks that see around 500 vehicles for the Anne Beadell and sometimes thousands of vehicles per year on other more popular desert tracks.

You will find that the most corrugated section is between just north of Mackenzie Breakaway to around the Parallel No 2 Road junction, as section of around 40 kilometres. It is a great drive, with such a lot of history in the area, both early European and Aboriginal.

Make sure that you drop into Neale Breakaway, it is well worth the drive in. Have a great trip in a great part of the Great Victoria Desert.


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Reply By: Jack - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 18:49

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 18:49
Just returned from that trip, corrogated patches all the way through - quite unpleasant! Not the most scenic of desert tracks when compared to others. The Water at Cooper Hills Bore was discolured, but assume it was ok to drink.
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Follow Up By: Marty M - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 21:15

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 21:15
Agree with Jack, if we limit it to the northern section. Have done the Connie Sue this year (early July) and last year( late July) - overseas visitors requested a repeat this year - and we were surprised by just how much more corrugated the section north of Neale Junction was in only a year. There are plenty of tyre marks on the track but we saw no other vehicle in 3 days so it is fairly quiet. Last year we came upon 3 other vehicles in that northern section.

The bore water is fine to drink - we had a few draughts - but it is discoloured. Don't be put off. If you are worried you can certainly fill up you washing supply.

There are some very slow sections due to the appalling corrugations but excellent camping for a pair of vehicles. There is a long section in the first 50kms of the track south of Warburton which travels through recently burnt ground. Not good for camping but starkly beautiful. Fewer camels this year, also.

South of Neale Junction the track becomes a rather civilized dirt road which was easy driving, unlike last year when there were many dips which were water logged and very muddy. It is quite rough, but not corrugated, when the original Connie Sue reasserts itself.

At Rawlina, finding the road south to Cocklebiddy proved to be to difficult so we took local advice to travel east 70 odd kms along the railway to Haig and took the signposted track to the Eyre Highway which requires a 11km journey west to Cocklebiddy and about 12 gates before you hit the bitumen. Watch the cost of drinks and food at that roadhouse. Quite extraordinary!!! $3.95 for instant coffee you make yourself each time you approach the the makings!!!! Be warned.
Marty.
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Reply By: Member -Carl R (QLD) - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 19:19

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 19:19
You should have a great trip, anywhere away from the city lights is good pity you have to leave your home with such a irresponsible house sitter :) lol
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