Lake Eyre Road Conditions

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We’ve visited Lake Eyre quite often over the past few years. That’s because Lake Eyre is within easy long weekend driving distance of Alice Springs.

As a result, we’re able to talk about the road conditions and what to expect. We update this page regularly, so you can be sure that this information here won’t be out of date.

UPDATE 28 January 2015

There is water in Lake Eyre north and south, however it’s not readily visible from the road.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Get on a plane from William Creek or Marree and take a Lake Eyre flight.

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UPDATE 28 JANUARY 2015

  • Halligan Bay Track PAR into Lake Eyre – Closed between 1 December 2014 through to 15 March 2015
  • Level Post Bay Track PAR into Lake Eyre – Closed due to rain

Also note: Simpson Desert is closed in South Australia and Queensland between 1 December 2014 and 15 March 2015.

Oodnadatta Track

If you’re going to Lake Eyre, then you’ll need to drive along the Oodnadatta Track as well.

Here’s the latest Oodnadatta Track road conditions.

UPDATE 28 JANUARY 2015

Detailed advice for the Oodnadatta Track:

  • Oodnadatta to Hamilton HS – Open
  • Oodnadatta to Marla – Open
  • Oodnadatta to William Creek – with care as there’s water in creek crossings
  • Oodnadatta to Coober Pedy – Open
  • Coober Pedy to William Creek – with care as there’s water in creek crossings
  • William Creek to Bopeechee – with care as there’s water in creek crossings
  • Bopeechee to Roxby Downs (the Borefield Track) -Open
  • Bopeechee to Marree – with care as there’s water in creek crossings

Also note: Simpson Desert is now CLOSED from 1 December 2014 – 15 March 2015

We last drove the Oodnadatta Track in September 2014 It was in good condition, (apart from a few minor trouble spots between Algebuckina and Oodnadatta).

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  • One creek crossing between Marree and William Creek has water over the road. Four wheel drive vehicles will be able to do this easily, and 2WD with care
  • Between William Creek and Oodnadatta there are two creek crossings with water across the road. Again 4WD vehicles will cross easily, but 2WD should take care
  • Approximately 100 metres of rough road signposted as the ‘Mike Rann Highway’ (a political comment!). This has some deep sand ruts which will be no problem to 4WDs, but if you’re in a 2WD, use high revs to get through and have your passengers get out and push if you get stuck.
  • Between Oodnadatta and Marla there’s three creek crossings with water over the road, but they won’t be of any bother to either 4WD or 2WD (just make sure you drive through the middle and don’t go for the muddy edges where you’re likely to get bogged!)
  • There are a couple of rough, corrugated patches on the Oodnadatta to Marla section of the road as well, so drive here with care.

Halligan Bay Track

The Halligan Bay track is track that most people will drive to Lake Eyre on. So make sure you read these Lake Eyre Road Conditions carefully!

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Latest advice (28 January) is that the track is CLOSED to all vehicles until 15 March 2015.

The Halligan Bay Track was graded just before Easter 2011 and was superb for most of the way when we drove it.

The last 10 km before the lake has lots of bulldust ruts and deep erosion ditches near the creek lines, so you will need to drive very carefully here.

It’s recommend that you don’t take your camper trailer on this track, but just about everyone we passed was towing a trailer and getting in fine!


Level Post Bay Track

The other public route into Lake Eyre is the Level Post Bay Track, which is readily accessed from Marree. Again, read the Lake Eyre road conditions below carefully if you’re considering using this track.

As of 28 JANUARY, this track is CLOSED due to heavy rain.

When it’s open, most of this track is fine. Close to the lake, there is some damage at creek crossings and big erosion ditches as well, so take care.

There are fewer vehicles using this track than Halligans Bay, so it probably won’t deteriorate as rapidly. The Muloorina campground is also nicer Halligan Bay (which is a lot like camping at the beach), but you’re not right on the lake!

It’s recommended that you don’t take camper trailers in here, but lots of people do with a little extra care.

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2 Comments

  • Michelle Houghton says:

    What a great sight, so much information. Will definitely be using it to plan our trip in April and letting our friends know about it too. Thank You.

    • Admin says:

      Thanks for your kind comments, Michelle. Much appreciated. It’s great to know that our information is helping people the see the outback and fall in love with it like we have – cheers, Amanda & Gary

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