CAMERON CORNER STORE: FENN MILLER
“G’day Unsealed 4X4 readers, hope the lead-up to the silly season is treating you all well? Okay, the Strzelecki Track namely from Innamincka to Merty Merty is open but there are a few sections which require caution. There is roadworks at the Della Road Intersection. Detours are also in place as well as speed restrictions. So please, slow down and have some respect for the conditions. Otherwise everything else is open and accessible from the reports we have.”
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BIRDSVILLE ROADHOUSE: PETER BARNES
“Birdsville Track is open, however there are warnings in place which need to be taken seriously. It has been a busy tourist season, so as expected some of the areas are looking a little second-hand. There are several flagged sections with a few chopped-out wheel ruts and plenty of bulldust present. So take your time and enjoy your visit to the area. Okay!”
Bogong High Plains Road is closed between Falls Creek and the Omeo Highway until the start of November. This also applies to Dargo High Plains Road, which is also expected to reopen at the start of November. Another seasonal road closure in place is Donna Buang Road heading towards the Badger Creek area. Mt Difficult Road is living up to its name, and is closed between Wartook Road and Boroka Lookout, as recovery works are in progress. The good news is, once these roads and tracks are open, it’s time to explore the High Country in summer.
Bagot Road outbound between Totem Road and McMillans Road is restricted to access due to emergency road resurfacing between 8pm and 6am. If travelling through this area, be sure to take care and respect road workers. Broadarrow 4WD Track is closed between Wickham 4WD Track and the Buntine Highway intersection. Park facilities in the area are also closed, so make alternative plans if visiting the area.
Fitzgerald River National Park road conditions have been updated; with Hamersley Drive open yet being an unsealed road, take care if conditions change. Hamersley Beach and dune track are open to high-clearance 4WDs only, yet as always lower your tyre pressures to suit. There is still water at the Phillips River water crossing too, so please don’t attempt to drive it without investigating it first. Lennard Track in the Wellington National Park is now open, however the jump-ups are still closed and not accessible to 4WD vehicles until remedial works are completed.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Several roads and tracks have been affected by recent flooding in the Central Darling Shire. These include Cobb Highway from Wilcannia to Ivanhoe, Menindee to Wilcannia and Wilcannia to Tilpa. Roads are also closed from Ivanhoe to Balranald, Cobar and Trida. It is probably best to avoid the area until the flooding subsides and roads are reopened. On the Coffs Coast, Warrell Creek on the Pacific Highway between Scotts Head Road and Bald Head Road is experiencing alternate road conditions thanks to a rock-blasting operation which is being conducted.