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
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Ilkurlka update 21 July 2021
There are new border restrictions which restrict entry across the South Australian border into Western Australia.
If you have suitable premises, you must enter self-quarantine for 14 days when entering Western Australia from South Australia. If not, you will be directed to enter a government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.
Please note that Ilkurlka does not have facilities for self-quarantine.
Until these restrictions are lifted, Ilkurlka will be closed to travellers from the east. Ilkurlka will remain open for travellers from the west.
We ask that visitors use face masks and hand sanitiser when entering the premises. We have a supply of hand sanitiser and a limited amount of face masks so we'd be grateful if you could bring your own masks!