Trip Planning Kimberley

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 08, 2013 at 19:34
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Two part question for trip planning and things to do......
Can you take a van up the Dampier Peninsula? If so, how far?
Will be in region September this year.

Cheers guys and gals.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 07:39

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 07:39
Hi Phill

What type of van are you talking about mate.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:32

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:32
Hi Phil
We are expecting dellivery of our new Retreat Hamilton in July. Its fully self sufficient, plenty of solar, 4in riser and fullly independant suspension.
Judging by the following post though, the height may count against us, as she's pretty tall taking into account her 6in frame.
We had a Fraser previously and she was great on heavily corrugated roads around Mount Augustus. Did around 500-600km on some bad roads and nothing broke.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:36

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:36
I only asked because I though that it would be easier to answer if we knew what the plan was as fer as car and van.

I don't tow any more. Can't go where we want to. Been there and done that.

Enjoy

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:43

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:43
Cheers Phil.
We did have a camper trailer a couple of years back but was too much like hard work, up and down, up and down. It drove my other half mad. LOL. We really enjoy the van and do pack a tent for those out of reach places.
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Reply By: gclan - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 10:01

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 10:01
When we were up there two years ago, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque didn't allow caravans regardless of whether they 'could' get there. I was told this was because they are powered by a generator, and caravan users were always running aircon and tvs etc... and draining their power, so they put a blanket ban on them.

I think several vans made it to Middle Lagoon. It also depends on whether it's an offroad van, and how tightly you have everything in the van tied down ;-)

That was two years ago, so it may have changed.

It's absolutely stunning up there. Have a great trip!


Karen
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:46

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:46
Cheers Karen.
Yeah we can't wait to get going. Our other variable is that we'll be taking our two little Jack Russells with us, and are worried about the amount of places we can go along the Gibb with them.Places like El Questro allow dogs in, but from what I've read, and the info I have got back from them, once in, there is precious little we can do as they don't appear to be allowed anywhere. So.................a dilema!!!
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 11:58

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 11:58
If you do a search here forMiddle Lagoon and/orCape Leveque you'll see discussion on this issue. Can't comment about vans at the top but we saw quite a few vans at Middle Lagoon when we went in with our camper several years back - and several of the vans were nothing like "offroad'' as such and the drivers seemed happy. The trees appear to get a bit close possibly for full height vans (in photos seen recently) - pop tops might fair best - a call to the very helpful owners of Middle Lagoon might settle that issue for you. BTW - if you appreciate natural coastal environments, Middle Lagoon is a fabulous place !
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:41

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 13:41
Thanks for the input Darian. The best advice there seems to be to call the owners. Valuable input, cheers mate. I suspect our height may count against us, as our baby is going to be pretty high.
All the best mate.
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 14:17

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 14:17
This was the road/track into Gnylmarung, Middle Lagoon and Whale Song back in 2011. But all fantastic camping places!
Kevin

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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 19:09

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 19:09
Thanks for the pic Kev - height may not be a real issue for vans but passing another van is going to be funny :-o).....but as to Phil's query - after seeing this pic Phil, if I go back there with my van I'd be covering the side windows with some temporary plastic - the perspex is easily scratched by small branches (I have collected a few minor scratches) - not so the stucco finish on our van though - not sure about the smooth glossy sides on some vans.
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 22:25

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 22:25
Hi Phil,just back from Kooljaman resort where it's $43/dble for power and surprise surprise too few unpowered sites. They won't take a van, only camper trailers and wind up / pull out the bed type Jaycos. You could try Gambanan 15 km up the tar but its $40/dble and you are parked on slashed grass. Only 90km of hard packed sand after turnoff from Broome then the rest is tar to One Arm Point. Be prepared for one of the most boring drives in Oz - nothing but scrub for 200km. Side tracks of 31km to Middle lagoon as shown are sandy but doable. Try Chile Creek as it's only 10km. The new attraction is the Giant Tides Tour at Cygnet Bay pearl farm at $140/hd for 2 hours. See their website............ W
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 22:55

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 at 22:55
Thanks Warrie.
I think it's looking like a no no. Oh well. I am sure we'll find something and somewhere to go.
Thanks for the info, and glad you had a good time.
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