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Public Access Routes on the road to recovery

04 Sep. 2023 2 min read

Your next outback trek is being made easier via upgrades to Public Access Routes. Find out more.

The Australian outback has always been a place of rugged beauty and exploration, attracting 4WD enthusiasts from every corner of the country.

However, in early 2022 South Australia's north and west regions were impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany which unleashed significant rainfall and led to widespread flooding.

The aftermath left behind a trail of damage, particularly to the outback road network including many Public Access Routes (PAR).

What are PARS?

PARs are not roads or part of the formal road network, they are unimproved and unsurfaced dirt tracks intended to provide four-wheel drive access in dry conditions to notable sites, such as conservation parks, national parks, and historic sites without the need for lessee permission.

Fortunately, Federal Flood Relief funding has been allocated to help repair these vital routes. To ensure efficiency and minimise inconvenience and disruption to travellers, the upgrade will be staggered over a 12-month period.

What repairs are being made?

Rather than creating bituminised roads, the repairs will involve working with the existing terrain. This approach will minimise environmental impacts, preserve the character of the region while ensuring safe and convenient access for travellers.

The great news is that grading work is already underway and is expected to be completed by June 2024.

Stay informed

You can keep up to date with the progress of these upgrades by visiting Public Access Route Repair Program. And if you’re planning an outback adventure, don’t forget to check in with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport for the latest outback road warnings and closures.

Want to find out more about 4WD in South Australia? Have a read of Know before you go: Simpson Desert and 6 national parks for four-wheel driving in South Australia.


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