Outback Way

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 16:39
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Hi All.
1. We're planning to travel from Perth through to Townsville on the Outback Way in October and returning the same way mid January. We're driving a 2 wheel drive Ford Territory towing a camper trailer. I've been told that there is no issue on the Great Central Highway part of the journey with this rig. Can anyone advise on the Plenty highway part of the journey. Should we divert and go through Tennent creek on the black stuff. We will have 3 small children with us and my wife wants some direction.
2. Can anyone give us an idea where we can get GPS coordinates for free camping sites along the way.
Thanks
Mike.
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 17:00

Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 17:00
Hi Mike

Do a quick search on the forum for "Great Central Road" there is a wealth of content and contacts. Also try the link below - has contact info and other useful stuff.

http://www.outbackway.org.au/

Cheers

Chris
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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 21:57

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 21:57
Thanks Chris.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 17:06

Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 17:06
You can get coordinates for campsites by purchasing Camps Australia Wide, getting the Wikicamps smart phone app, or more importantly go to Treks and Places on this, EO, site.

Also check out this other forum report on the Plenty Plenty Highway Condition
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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:02

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:02
Thanks Rod.
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 17:20

Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 17:20
Hi Mike,
well it just so happens that my Brother in law an I have just completed that trip only we didn't go to Townsville we wound up in Gympie for our mother in laws 80th birthday, you are going to just love that Country to bits. The GSR is not to bad when we went through about 5 weeks ago, the graders were out and the corrugation's weren't too bad, there appears to be a lot of camping spots along the way and out on the plenty and Donahue highways you will find plenty of spots to stop for the night, but what we found if we stopped for the night we didn't want to get going in the morning as there is a hell of a lot to see and experience. In all the roads were pretty good, and camp spots were not an issue. Sometimes you can camp by water and other times you may not, but if you have maps that show water courses, and the road crosses the water courses, you can pretty much ascertain where you are going to camp for the night, when you are on the road and you see people stopped along the road and they are going in the opposite direction to you ask them where they camped the previous evening. I am sorry I can't help with co-ordinates for you, as we didn't use them, and your rig should do the trip quite easily. I hope my two bobs worth is of some help to you. p.s you can check out my eotrack me track. I will be doing a blog in the future
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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:02

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Thanks Broodie.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 22:14

Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 22:14
January on the Great Central Road is likely to be HOT and I imagine the Plenty Highway would be too.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Aug 09, 2013 at 15:26

Friday, Aug 09, 2013 at 15:26
Mike,

I'd echo MH's warning about your January return trip.

January weather would be, on average, extreme, or what I call "furnace weather". Even a minor breakdown would be very discomforting for your "little travellers", and I'm sure their parents too.

What about a return down through central Qld, NSW, then across to Broken Hill, Port Augusta and then onto the Nullarbor. Lot more traffic, and more frequent roadhouses etc.

Just check Weatherzone, for maximum temps in January, for Camooweal, Mt Isa and Phosphate Hill. Nearly need to turn on the aircon, after reading them.

Safe trip, whatever you decide.

Bob.

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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:03

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:03
Thanks Motherhen and Bob.
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Reply By: Dean B5 - Thursday, Aug 08, 2013 at 16:37

Thursday, Aug 08, 2013 at 16:37
Just finished the trip from Perth to the Alice, see my blog. Road was in great condition and the grader was working on the worst part after the NT boarder
Bully,s great Central road and beyond adventure
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Follow Up By: Mikeofoz - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:07

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 22:07
Thanks Dean.
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Reply By: Mikeofoz - Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 21:56

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 21:56
Thanks for all your feedback.
You've provided me with some interesting threads to follow and I will also take your other points into consideration.
Regards
Mike.
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