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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject: Condition of Gary Junction Road Reply with quote

Hi,

For those interested, have just travelled across Donuhue/Plenty Highway from Qld, into Alice amd then over Gary Junction into Marble Bar WA and all of roads are in good to very good condition. Much better than July last year.

Happy traveling everyone


Ray and Lauren
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Col & Diane Douglas



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Ray and Lauren. We are to leave Alice for Marble Bar on Thursday via the Gary Junction Road. We were to go across the Plenty as well, but were forced to go via Mt Isa, because the Winton - Boulia road was closed last week due to flooding. It's all open again now I believe.

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Col and Diane
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:41 am    Post subject: Re Winton- Boulia Reply with quote

Hi Col and Diane,
We left Yeppoon on Sat 26th May and went through Boulia on Sunday and all roads open then . Not sure what has happened during the week.
Sure cuts down some travelling time if you drive that road.
Drive safe
R&L
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just arrived in Marble Bar after travelling from Alice via the Gary Junction Road, Jenkins Track, Wapet Road, and Telfer Mine Road. The roads link the Aboriginal communities of Papunya, Mt Liebig, Kintore, Kiwirrkurra, Kunawarritji, and Punmu. Fuel (both diesel and Opal) is available at all those places, but be mindful of the opening hours, especially on the weekends. The most expensive fuel was at the Kunawarritji Community:


As Ray and Lauren mentioned the road is in good to very good condition. There were some corrugations and rough spots, like any outback road, but nothing that would make you wish that you would rather be back in your nine to five job; though our friends did manage to destroys two tyres and puncture another within about 10 Km ...


... which necessitated some tyre and rim swapping, because the wheels on his Landcruiser and Kedron donít match (something that Iíd strongly recommend to anyone who is serious about outback travel):


Itís an interesting trip that we would recommend to anyone.
There are friendly camels ...


... beautiful sunrises ...


... and other things to see (Len Beadell's burnt-out ration truck at Kiwirrkurra Community):


We recommend Jupiter Well as a spot to maybe spend an extra day. Itís a pleasant (if remote) spot set among the desert oaks, and a hand pump at the bore provides excellent fresh water (tastes like rain water actually) ...


... but beware of the resident dingo, who has obviously had too much human contact:


Carawine Gorge (about 170Km from Marble Bar) is worth a few days at least. As you get to the gorge take the first dirt track to the right before reaching the gravelly area. This takes you to some grassy camp sites, which if unoccupied are preferable to the loose gravelly-based areas further south:


And a final tip: Donít leave your camping chairs too close to the camp fire, in case the wind springs up when youíre not looking:


Regards,

Col and Diane
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