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Old 30 Nov 2008
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Paper map recommendation for Adelaide-Darwin incl. Odnadatta

Any map recommendations for this trip ?
Maybe even with possible water points included ?
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Either Hemma or Westprint do good maps ...

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These include gas stations, food stores .. even phone numbers for some places. Depending on the map you get.

Hemma do a 'Australian motorcycle atlas' - ring bound - sits in a tank bag with whatever map you need upwards. Not a great deal of detail on it .. but enough for the Odnadatta track.

Both of them do detailed maps for the Odnadatta track.

Free? If you belong to a motoring orgaization (cars mostly - like ADC, RAC etc) then you can get maps here from the local orgaizsation here .. they are fairly good.. worth geting. Bring your ID card for that orgaization with you.
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Oodnadatta Track Rain Affected Closures

Although this inland part of the country receives around 180mm a year, sometimes all that rain comes within a couple of days, affecting dirt roads with roads becoming very boggy, slippery, under water and washed away. It can take weeks for some parts to dry out. Keep your eye on local conditions. The State Transport Authority posts track conditions in this site:Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report - Transport SA

I live in Adelaide which is the administrative city for the State, do feel free to contact me for somewhere to stay, access to a welding. machining fabrication workshop, secure bike parking and a local guide.
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Been using the Hemma maps and the Desert/4wd Trail Hemma maps for more detail.

I intended to do that route about 3 weeks ago just as the unusually intense storms hit,got caught up in the flash floods and had to totally rethink my route due to roads turning into swamps and rivers..

Oodnadatta trail was completely shutdown at that point and pretty much everything else as well....the only road open ( 4wd and bikes only ) was from william Creek to Coober Pedy.

I would imagine that they have got on top of the trail damage by now though.

resting up in Alice springs until the first week of january as i put my shoulder out when i hit the deck on that same route to Coober Pedy.
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Oodnadatta track info

Originally Posted by pbekkerh View Post
Any map recommendations for this trip ?
Maybe even with possible water points included ?
If you are going into any of the Desert Parks you have to get a Desert Parks Pass.
costs about $90,00 for a car but for a bike?
I dunno??
Good news is you get ALL the maps for South Aust Desert parks from Westprint maps with it!
Would cover nearly all of South Australia!
check out the SA desert parks site

wish i was there
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one little point

the brand referred to in this thread is actually Hema, one 'm', not two. a small but potentially valuable detail. and they're good maps, but so are westprint.
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