Semi off road van into El Questro

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:21
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Hi everyone,

At the end of the month we are setting off for our Kimberly trip and I have read and heard conflicting stories about the road into El Questro has anyone taken a semi off road van or road van in there? We were p,an nine on skipping it due to not being able to take the van but I want to make sure before I write it off.

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Shez
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Reply By: steved58 - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:30

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:30
We went into elquestro witn a 21ft outback jayco in october last year there is not a lot of gravel as they had been sealing the road when we went in It was quite corrugated an speed had to be kept down we had no dust in the van and no damage Go for it not a problem Also let your tyre pressues down on van and vehicle while on the gravel and keep a close eye on towing mirrors
Steve

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Follow Up By: steved58 - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:36

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:36
When you say go into elquestro I presume you mean from kunnunurra and back out to kunnunurra and not the whole of the gibb river road I would not take the van down the gibb river road to elquestro and even to home valley depending on the pentecost river crossing would be ok but not the whole gibb river road leave the van behind for the rest
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Follow Up By: Sherron V - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:41

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:41
Thanks Steve no defiantly only that part the rest of the trip is on the GNH.
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Follow Up By: steved58 - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 13:02

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 13:02
You will love it dont forget the bungle bungles they are awesum
Steve
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Reply By: i'machocoholic - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 14:12

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 14:12
The road is now sealed from the Kununurra GNH end to the El Questro turnoff so no problems there. The track into El Questro may then be corrugated, it just depends when their grader is out and about. Just before arriving at the Station you will need to cross the Pentecost so just be aware you will have a water crossing which you can't avoid. Maybe ring them when you leave Kununurra if you are concerned with the depth.

Take it slow and drive to the conditions. The place has a lot to offer if you can make the time.
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 14:58

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 14:58
Sherron V

It is El Questro you are talking about and therefore they will have a road suitable for nearly all vehicles because they want your money to be brought in with you. That is the whole idea of El Questro being there.
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:26

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:26
I took my 14 foot Windsor Rapid in two years ago. Standard van with the springs lifted on top of the axle.
The road from the Wyndham end had sections of bitumen - 5 km bits - and then a dirt bit. The road itself is wide but the dirt bits were horrendous. We met the grader on the way out so that is why the road was in poor condition.
I drove over the corrugations at about 15 kmh they were so bad. No damage to the van. If the above comments are correct then with bitumen all the way to the turnoff you will have no problems. The trip into Questro, off the main GRR is manageable regardless of when the grader has been through.

If not full bitumen, I went home to Kunnunarra on the track alongside the main road. No corrugations.

I thought the Pentecost River crossing was west of the El Questro turn off so it won't be a problem.
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Follow Up By: steved58 - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:55

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:55
Part of the Pentecost river runs past the entrance to elquestro but should not present a problem the main crossing of the pentecost is on the gibb heading toward home valley when we were there in october the water was only about 350mm deep
Steve
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 21:22

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 21:22
Are you suggesting the end of March? Seems a little early to be travelling the tropics I would have thought BUT I've been wrong before. I would have thought that there is a high possibility of travel stopping rain if you are crossing water ways or travelling dirt roads.

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Follow Up By: Sherron V - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 22:09

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 22:09
Yes end of march leaving Perth on the 29th. The dirt road into El Questro is the only one as we don't want to damage the van.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 22:20

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 22:20
From memory of our 2005 trip there is a water crossing just before entering the station. My issue would be the possibilty of getting stuck there if the water comes up due to a storm/cyclone which is still possible then. I would be happy enough to wait it out but not everyone is so patient.

I would imagine that El Questro would provide good advice on travel that time of year, I tend to worry about these things maybe overly so.

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