The Strzelecki Track was identiﬁed in the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit as a key freight route. It is the only viable land route between Adelaide and the Cooper Basin, and will be increasingly important to service the expanding oil and gas industry in the Cooper and Eromanga basins, and the pastoral industry in the north-east of South Australia. The Audit also recognises that it is an important access route for communities and tourism.
The Strzelecki Track is mostly unsealed and suffers from potholes, corrugation and a lack of drainage.
The road’s condition and alignment reduce travel speed, damage vehicles, cause unpredictable closures due to ﬂooding, and result in road safety risks. The road is not currently suitable for the efficient operation of heavy vehicles.