Camping on the Kintore Rd

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During a trip from Glen Helen up to Papunya and then west through Kiwirrkurra and on to the Telfer Mine road and marble Bar, where abouts have people camped - especially in the NT section. The Places database shows Jupiter Well and a place west of Punmu but there seems to be no mention of camping spots between Papunya and Kiwirrkurra. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin O (QLD) - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 13:34

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 13:34
Sorry - that should read "Camping on the Kintore Rd"
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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 14:09

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 14:09
Hi Keven,

Last year traveled this section in the opposite direction from Kintore. We found an extensive camping area at Warren Creek Bore about 80 kms west of Papunya and 170kms East of Kintore (approx). If I remember there was a Len Beadell Marker on the Southern side of the road where you turn in. We have camped at Juniper Well in the past, a good camping area and looked well used. We rested for two days there. If looking for other sites along the way keep an eye out for gravel pits or road workers sites. They don't sound too posh but often are well sheltered and the sinking sun brings briliant colours on the areas quarried. We have used them often and along that road. Besides once the sun goes down and the fire is alight it makes little difference where you are out there.

You are in for a great trip.

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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 15:05

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 15:05
Kevin. A few camping points for you. Very much a make your own type arrangement. Get a little off the road and away from the communities.

22° 8'6.97"S 123°50'2.02"E - Red Bluffs overlooking Lake Auld (Rocky Knoll on Hema GDT Maps)

23°10'2.47"S 128°59'6.43"E - a fw km east of Mt Tietkins

21°57'22.98"S 122°59'38.45"E - Clearing and dam past Punmu (Good site hidden from road)

22°49'22.74"S 127°30'38.49"E - a little west of Kiwwirrkurra (Pollock Hills well off the road)

23° 6'37.11"S 128°40'44.95"E East of Kiwirrkurra (Dovers Hills - really nice area through these hills pleanty of desert oak)


Cut a paste the coordinates direct into Google Earth for a look at the sites.


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Reply By: Member - Kevin O (QLD) - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 15:32

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 15:32
That's awsome information guys - thank you very much.
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 19:41

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 19:41
there is a good camp site in an old gravel pit on the left hand side of road 35 km west of Kintore. just before WA border.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin O (QLD) - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 20:00

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 20:00
Thanks Howard
I'm putting all this in a file. We relative novices at the remote touring and all this is valuable information for us.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 20:58

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 20:58
Don't forget Jupiter Well. For a Canning Stock Route experience you can camp at Well 33.

Most of the places we camped are in My Blog 2009 Gary Junction; PM me for any more.


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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 21:38

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 21:38
Kevin

Camping along the Kintore Road isn't very good. Our best camps have been well off the road on side tracks. We have camped: South of Mt Liebig at Berry Pass. North of Sandy Blight Junction - this track goes all the way through to Nyrripi. South of the SBJ on the little visited part of the SBJ Track - most traffic goes via Kintore. Further down the SBJT at Davenport Hills. At the foot of Mt Tietkens. Mt Webb - there is a track heading north at the western side of Mount Webb which goes through to Lake Mackay and Balgo.

The secret is to get far enough off the Kintore Road so that passing traffic can't see your fire or lights. Try not to leave obvious wheel tracks off the road. Of course, leave no sign that you have camped in a place (take out all rubbish etc). Make sure you leave plenty of time to find a spot.

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Reply By: Member - Kevin O (QLD) - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 07:50

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 07:50
Thanks Bob
You don't seem too fussed about the concept of camping along this bit of road. Is there a safety concern do you think? Is it only "East of Kintore" or would that apply all along that road or may indeed any of the remote roads (NT? or WA?).
Interested to hear what other have to say about that too.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 16:15

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 16:15
Kevin

Its the amount of traffic. We prefer to keep away from passers by. Given the permit allows you to camp only within 50 metres of the road, I'd rather not having to explain myself to an irate official.

Secondly, the terrain along this road is not that inviting for camping. We like dunes, rocky outcrops and trees. There aren't many here.

I've only been out west of Kiwikurra once (to the beach). I recall we stopped at Jupiter Well and picked up about a tonne of garbage. We camped in a gravel pit the other side of Well 33. After that the country along the Wapet Rd became much more inviting.

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Follow Up By: Sandman - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 22:15

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 22:15
The closer you camp to communities, the more chance you will get a visit. Get off the road and somewhere your fire cant be seen from the road. We are about to do the loop from Alice out to Kintore and then down to Docker River and back via Merindee loop. All very quiet out there as long as you stay away from communities......

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