Melb - Adelaide - Coober Pedy - Albany & rtn
I'm in the early (probably late-early, rather than early-early) stages of planning the above trip to take place in November this year. I'm going to cheat a bit, by hiring an XT600 (with rescue cover, kit and a tent) from a reputable firm in Oz.
I'm pretty happy with most of the route - Melb - Echuca, follow the Murray to the coast, Adelaide, then head north to Coober Pedy, west to Albany then coast road back to Melb.
The problem area is the Coober Pedy - Albany bit. The are roads but they seem a bit out of the way and, having spoken with a Southern Australian yesterday, it would seem that the popular route is to double back and go via the coast.
Does anyone have experience of travelling the inland route? From the maps I have there appear to be enough towns etc on the way to make sure I cannot 'disappear', but I would like to know that the settlements do have access to petrol and a roof over my head if necessary.
Any help at this stage would be gratefully received.