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The Strzelecki Track (D96) is an outback track from Lyndhurst to Innamincka in South Australia.

Understand[edit]

The Strzelecki Track is one of SA's four major tracks along with the Birdsville, Oodnadatta, and Borefield Tracks. Although there are nine major tracks, these four have been proclaimed as more significant. Whilst all of these are unpaved, they still are tracks which must be used to access various different towns across South Australia.

With a total length of 475 kilometres, the Strzelecki Track is not very long as Australian standards go -- however you will need a 4WD to get from Lyndhurst to Innamincka. But what it lacks is the number of servo's along the way; zero.

Map of Strzelecki Track

Prepare[edit]

This is remote country. People have died from exposure not far from the main track. Take extra food and water. Hire a satellite phone and take an additional spare tyre.

Check the road conditions with the Government of South Australia, and check the local noticeboards at either end or call 1300 361 033. Check the conditions before you start on the track, and again before you set out each day. The road conditions can change rapidly and the track can be closed to 2WD or 4WD traffic at any time of year. If it rains, and you are in a 2WD car, you should wait for the track to dry rather than have the unpleasant experience of battling the track in the wet.

Get in[edit]

The Strzelecki Track can be only accessed at either end and at Moomba.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

The only way you will manage to get on this track is by a 4WD. Do not attempt to bring a sedan as it will almost certainly struggle to climb up the high mountains of the Flinders Ranges.

By bus[edit]

Buses do not operate on this track and will not operate on this route in the near future due to safety reasons.

Go[edit]

A historic map of the Strzelecki Track along with an alternate Northerly Route

The drive will take at least two days with 475kms long distances without fuel.

Lyndhurst to Mt. Hopeless[edit]

Mt. Hopeless to Merty Merty[edit]

Merty Merty to Moomba[edit]

Moomba to Innamincka[edit]

A shorter route is available via a public access road between Moomba and Innamincka, making the distance 458 km (285 mi) and not 475km.

Although it is the driest part of the continent, that doesn't mean water doesn't exist

Drive[edit]

  • 1 Lyndhurst. Start at The Outback Highway here. Lyndhurst (Q1878807) on Wikidata Lyndhurst, South Australia on Wikipedia
  • 2 Mt. Hopeless. Oh poor you, have some hope. Mount Hopeless (Q1306302) on Wikidata Mount Hopeless (South Australia) on Wikipedia
  • 3 Merty Merty. Merty Merty (Q97835564) on Wikidata Merty Merty on Wikipedia
  • 4 Moomba. Moomba (Q6907394) on Wikidata Moomba, South Australia on Wikipedia
  • 5 Innamincka. Welcome to one of the most north-eastern, hottest and driest places of the continent. Innamincka (Q1663872) on Wikidata Innamincka, South Australia on Wikipedia

Stay safe[edit]

Always have at least four 1L water bottles or and an esky (to keep the bottles cool) with you at all times. It will get really hot and dry all year around. Additionally, bring some jackets as it can get to freezing temperatures at night. Do not use this track at night and do not proceed without a spare tyre with you. Additionally, bring a tyre pump with you as very few parts of the track is paved.

Connect[edit]

Zero percent of the route is covered by mobile signal. A satellite phone is a must.

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