Krunjie Track, Kimberley WA

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:51 am    Post subject: Krunjie Track, Kimberley WA Reply with quote

The Krunjie Track runs form the Gibb River Road through to Wyndham along the base of the Cockburn Ranges.

The start of the track at the Gibb River Road end was washed out in last years floods, and can be diffulict to find. Its up over the hill from the river crossing.





Note the start of a Bulldust Hole at bottom of picture.












This track has everything, bush tracks, rocks, bulldust and dry claypans.

I just loved the fast run across the dry claypans.

This track is not for Newbies or the inexperienced when towing a caravan.

Allow about 5 - 6 hours for the 63 km track
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Hm and Er. We're heading up there shortly and it may be an option.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a great track to travel, done it several times during our many years in Kununurra. The best light on the Cockburn Ranges will be in the late afternoon so to make it a nioce relaxing drive suggest to camp pot for a night and enjoy the best of the light


Great images

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We went through the track ealier this year and must agree it was a great drive




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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did all the gardening duties in the dust and 38 degrees in 2012, so other BT owners could sit back an enjoy the scenery in their air conditioned vehicles.
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Well you did not cut them all back far enough. I still had to do a bit of pruning to get through Laughing Laughing
You will have to trade in that hand model on a Ryobi One plus reciprocating saw with a long bush saw blade. Much easier Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm presently at 'The Diggers Rest' contemplating doing this track tomorrow. The station people here say there's some good washouts on the creek crossings that will make it a challenge. A bloke who came through today with a camper thinks I shouldn't try.

Hmmm.

(And amazing that there's mobile coverage here)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Muddy1, if you decide to tackle it, take your time & soak all the scenery in.

Now having said that, anything could have happen to that track in the last two years since we did it.

Apart form the claypans, you may find it hard in most places to turn around and go back.

You may already know this, it is better to tackle a washout on an angle. This way you only have one wheel at a time in the ditch, this then stops the back of the van bottoming out.
Use rocks or your timber leveling boards to run the offending wheel up on to the raise the rear of the van or to stop the steps from getting squashed.
Shoveling some dirt under that wheel will do the same.

Owing a BT is an adventure, because we can go to these places.
If I was going to tackle it again with no time restraints, I wouldn't let fear hold me back...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Devils on the Prowl for the response.

We ended up doing the Karunjie Track. My wife and I loved the scenery, absolutely spectacular views of the Cockburn Range and driving across the concrete-hard surface of the mudpan was something special.

Our drive took about four hours to do the 50kms. This included a few stops for photos and a morning tea break.

We found the first 35kms or so, relatively easy going. This involved dirt roads with the usual corrugations, and the smoothness of the mudflats.

The last 15kms however were reasonably challenging due to the deep creek washouts, a very stony surface in parts, an overgrown track at time (for a 2.4m wide van) and my taking of the wrong turn right near the end of the track (should have turned left at the Boab tree), which meant we ended up in the soft sand of the Pentecost River bank, after a fairly steep descent down a washed out 4WD track. Most of these 15kms was driven in low range.

My 18 foot BT almost appeared to be special built for this track. The rear cut out angle of the BT and the position of the wheels meant that nearly all of the tight and steep creek crossings were traversed with confidence.

I should point out the track surface was very dry, so we had good traction to pull the BT out of the creeks that we crossed. I wouldn't be there in the wet!

I wouldn't like to attempt the last 15kms of this track in a longer van, but I acknowledge that others have done so.

Damage - just a slight bending to the rear steps, which was easily fixed.

The scenery was great.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We did the track in our 20 ft about 2 weeks ago, great scenery and bit of a challenge. The station owner at Diggers Rest couldn't believe we had taken a Caravan through that track and he said he was going to let people know from now that you can get a caravan through, I told him to be careful as ours was a BT, and that mere mortal caravans may not be so successful. Cool

The busted tyre was from the GRR between El Questro and the Pentacost

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great scenery and even better images from you all.
Lucky buggers, it looks fantastic out there.
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