Review: The Tanami Track

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Just got back to Brisbane from the Kimberleys. Travelled the the Tanami Road on the way over in August.
Left Alice Springs and travelled to Halls Creek. Left Alice at 11:30 am after refuelling, and 1050km later pulled into Halls Creek for a late lunch next day at 2:00pm. Free camped off the side of the road for the night north of Rabbit Flat. Some people took 3 days.
Travelling in a triton 4wd (with 2" suspension lift and upgraded suspension) towing a 4wd offroad camper trailer.
Tyre pressure dropped accordingly.
Fuel - $1.74 at Alice, $2.25 at Tilmouth Roadhouse (good camping) and $1.86 /l at Halls Creek.
Bitumen to Tilmouth, then stretches of bitumen (10 to 20k each) for the next 80km.
Road was medium to poor corrugations, but better than the development road on Cape York. :o)
The poor sections were about the same as the poor sections of the Gibb River Rd or going into the bungles, or Cape Leveque.
Road definitely improved north of the WA/NT border.
Generally sat on about 70 for the corrugations, and 90 on the WA side.
Ran about 26/34 cold on the triton with full load, and 20 on the trailer.
Graders were working south of Halls Creek. This section can be stony and saw a couple of 4wds with stock tyres sat on the road side with flats. We were running LTs and had no car or tyre problems.


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