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Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway

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This is an alternative and more direct route to get to Alice Springs from Qld.  It is classed as a "highway" however it is unsealed and by the looks of it, not graded very often.  It is a good way to see the desert and to experience solitude as you won't see another car for hours.  It is a very easy track, however it is very remote so is essential to carry a large food supply, plenty of water, spare tyres (2 is better), spare parts, and spare fuel.  There is a sign at the start of the road advising you that you are entering the desert and to carry all of the above.

 It is a mixture of dirt road with small to medium sharp rocks on top to dusty red dirt and sand.  There are many area's that have extreme corrigations on the road so it is a very bumpy trip.  We popped a tyre between Tobermorey and Jervois.  I was probably travelling a bit fast (80kmh) and hadn't dropped my tyre pressure enough.  I dropped pressure to 24psi and slowed down to 60kph and had no more problems....a lesson learnt!  It was however a bit unsettling driving with no other spare....

I fueled up at Boulia but stupidly didn't fill my jerry cans as my map showed a petrol station at Tobermorey.  Be warned...THERE IS NO PETROL AT TOBERMOREY.  Looks like the two cars passing each day didn't warrant a servo.  It is about 450km from Boulia to the next fuel stop at Jervois.  Luckily we crawled to Jervois after finding out this distressing fact and all was well.  We paid about $2.20 / Litre but made sure we filled our jerry cans too!  You can camp at Jervois for about $5 each plus $2 if you want to use the feral shower they have.  It was a welcome spot to stop however it was a hot 42 degrees and the heat was retained in the dirt all night.  It is like sleeping on an electric blanket. 

 A good way to see the outback!

Difficulty: Easy Track Easy
Length: More than 500km
Features: Sand, Sharp Rocks, Clay
Latitude: -22.910650
Longitude: 139.909515
Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway
Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway
Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway
Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway
Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway

Driver Track Log

DATEVEHICLE USEDDRIVERNOTES 
2013-08-22 Nissan XtrailToddyh Relatively easy but can be hard on tyres. Had to help an older couple who had 3 blow outs in one day. Tyre pressure and careful driving is everything.
2013-07-20 Nissan PatrolQuozie
2010-09-01 Toyota Landcruiserpeterabbf great drive, love every minuet of it, stayed at Jervois Station, highly recommend.
2006 Volkswagon 4wdDerro Try to be at Boulia for the annual Camel Races
2003-10-29 Toyota Landcruiserdmain


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Climatic data for Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max Temp °C38.5°37.4°35.5°31.4°26.7°23.2°22.9°25.7°30.2°34.2°36.9°38.6°
Mean Min Temp °C24.5°24.0°21.8°17.1°12.5°8.9°7.7°9.5°13.5°17.9°21.2°23.4°
Avg Rainfall mm47.250.936.014.113.210.59.46.46.915.221.031.6
Likelyhood of rain*13%13%10%3%3%3%3%3%3%6%6%10%
Weather data obtained from BOULIA AIRPORT, located 0.6kms from Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway
* Likelihood of more than 1mm rain falling on any day in the given month.


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Live weather data obtained from BOULIA AIRPORT, located 0.6kms from Boulia to Alice Springs - Donohue Highway - Plenty Highway, courtesy of the BOM
* Data is fetched for yesterday's rainfall at 12.30pm each day.
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twodogs
Jun 26 2010, 14:02pm
twodogs
Lived and worked in the Isa from 82 till 85 and went this way to the Alice to see my brother. Did it in a brand new 83 Hilux and also took this route. I did that trip without carrying any of the most needed supply's that u need today.I also came back to the Isa on my return trip, without any major dramas. Man how gullable was i back then.I was only 21 then. I made it through,i guess. I can count myself very lucky i suppose that im here writing this. Got fuel at Tobermorey Stn and Jervois, both ways no probs. Oh how times have changed.Only people i saw was some drunk arse lost abo's and i was not stopping. Overall it was a good trip and a different way to get to Alice Springs. People dont realise how big this country is until you start doing those sort of drives. Was good but probably silly back then. Cheers.

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