Road conditions vary widely along the Anne Beadell Highway.
For the most part, the section west of Ilkurlka towards Neale Junction and Laverton or south from Neale Junction along the Connie Sue Highway to the Transcontinental railway is in fair condition.
There are a small number of sand dune crossing just west of Ilkurlka but other than that the going is good.
Going east of Ilkurlka towards the South Australian border, the road is a little rougher with a band of sand dunes about 50 to 60km away. In South Australia the track deteriorates - it is slow going with corrugations and close scrub.
It is obviously essential that a 4WD in good condition is used and that enough spares are carried to do running repairs along the way - there are no mechanics available along the length of the journey.
We would strongly advise against towing a caravan although many people successfully tow a heavy duty offroad camping trailer.
Natural hazards include rain, bush fires, fallen trees and wildlife. If there has been rain, postpone your trip! There are a number of swampy areas along the way.
Night time driving is not advised - camels can be a hazard.
Dont forget to check with the local Shire on road weather closures!
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Road Conditions (Trans access road from Kalgoorlie along the railway to the south end of the Connie Sue Highway)
Laverton road conditions (western end of the Anne Beadell highway)
Ilkurlka (local area) - phone 08 9037 1147
Click here to read an excellent blog by Sharkcaver written in April 2017. It gives an excellent rundown of road conditions and has some good photographs.
Call (08) 90371147
Welcome to Ilkurlka Visitor Centre!
Ilkurlka update 29 May 2021
Ilkurlka has reopened to travelers from states classified as very low COVID19 risk. However travel restrictions may be imposed at very short notice in the event of COVID19 outbreaks in the various states and territories.
As of 16 May 2021 there are particular requirements restricting travel from Victoria into Western Australia. Please see https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2021/05/WA-hard-border-with-Victoria-returns-from-10am-today.aspx
We urge you to call us (08 9037 1147) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) just prior to setting out on the Anne Beadell Highway for an update on the current situation.
Note that Ilkurlka has no facilities for those who wish to self-isolate for fourteen days when entering the state.
We ask that visitors use face masks when entering the roadhouse as an additional protective measure.
Western Australian controlled border restrictions apply for those arriving from the east. A G2G pass is required (https://www.g2gpass.com.au/apply) as well as the usual travel permits required for transit of the Anne Beadell Highway.
We look forward to seeing you!