Great Central Road April 2013

We are planning to drive the GCR from west to east in two weeks time. Has anybody travelled the GCR recently who can provide comment on road conditions and camping places with a camper trailer.
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Reply By: AlanTH - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 09:19

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 09:19
Travelling with a group in the same direction last year we noticed lots of tracks in the bush had been raked with a grader and humps of dirt built up to stop entry.
Probably done to push campers into pay sites, but we found a way into what appeared to be the old road about 200 mtrs off the GCR on the right and camped there overnight.
Happy travels.
AlanH.
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 09:27

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 09:27
We are travelling through in around 2 weeks as well, but other way.
Maybe see you out there.
Have a great trip !
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:25

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:25
Just watch the weather. Cyclone Victoria is not expected to head for Australia but is pointing her nose that way this morning. Cyclonic rain reaching the area can make it impassable.

We found good places to camp easily. By your permit you must camp only in authorised areas, but we needed to stop due to a breakdown.

Although we were travelling home and did not deviate for much sightseeing, our journey is detailed in My Blog (2008).

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Reply By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14
Hi, conditions at the moment are very good mostly, with some areas of heavy corrugations.
There are many places to camp, and there is definately no conspiracy from grader drivers to make people go to paid sites.
I generally even point people in the direction of free camps if they pop in and ask nicely :-).
Saying that, you really only allowed to camp off the road between the Shire boundary
East of us, andLaverton, according to your permit conditions. Although there isthe odd "rest area" otherwise, further East.

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Al
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 20:41

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 20:41
Hi what is the distance for the shire boundary pls

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 21:37

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 21:37
If you crooze in late, I heard the people at Tjukayirla (Chookarilla) are happy for you to camp on their driveway, as long as you leave before they get up in the morning.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 07:30

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 07:30
I'd heard the same thing!

Must be right. ;-)

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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:54

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:54
yes, HAHA Andrew and Geoff.. that is certainly a favourite of ours..lol
Grundle, the shire boundary is 134km's East of us.
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