Road from Tanami Track near Rabbit Flat Roadhouse to Kalkarindji

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 16:20
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Can anyone tell me anything about this road. Has anyone been on it recently and what sort of road is it? We are travelling with a 200 Series Cruiser and a Bushtracker caravan. I would be grateful for any information please.
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Reply By: allein m - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 16:59

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 16:59
I have not been on there before but I have seen on the news many areas around there are getting food brought in by air as all the road are flooded so it may take some time for the roads to dry out


they got a lot of rain in the past 3 or 4 weeks all over the norther part of WA
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob S9 - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 17:09

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 17:09
Hi Allein m, tks for your comments but obviously we are not planning on going out there just now. We plan on being up there around the middle of April.
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Follow Up By: allein m - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 17:14

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 17:14
Lette Cook, from Suplejack Station, in the north-west Tanami Desert, says her family are in high spirits after 250 millimetres fell on the property.

now that is a lot of rain in one spot wish we had some here in Broken Hill

Hi that ok I was not too sure when you were going but it looks like if you do get there when it is finally dried out there will be lots of wild flowers that will be nice to see it after a big wet

I found this out
Mon 20 Jan 2014, 2:19pm AEDT

enjoy the trip
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Follow Up By: allein m - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 17:19

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 17:19
We live in a amazing world and it is unreal we seem to either have little or no rain or far too much rain not that often mother Nature gets it just right

Broken Hill was an amazing place after the big wet few years back just after the long drought the menindee lakes were flooded and colors were totally unreal but now we are back into major dry conditions

Menindee lakes are again almost dry again and the darling river again will drop in level again

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Follow Up By: Coenen N & G (WA) - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 13:22

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 13:22
We were up around Kununurra and Halls Creek in April, May last year hoping to do the Tanami road but it rained and the roads were closed and we got lucky because had we managed to go down there we would have been stuck in the desert because it rained enough to flood the entire area and although it was only less than an inch on the Duncan Road that area is so low and flat and has the type of soil that turns to slush with just a small amount of water, so large amounts would just be impassable for weeks.
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Reply By: Member - Greg H (NT) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 18:05

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 18:05
Bob.

Presume you are coming from the Alice end of the Tanami?
Just remember Rabbit is shut.
The Tanami Access Road through to Lajamanu is generally in good to fair condition with track varying from clay to sand and rock with everything in the middle.
The road from Laj to Kalk again is generally in good condition but remember you are coming after the wet so the grader may not have got out yet. Usually April May.

Its a good trip with some interesting country.

Give us a yell when you get to Kalk.

Cheers

Greg
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob S9 - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 20:29

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 20:29
Hi Greg, yep we will be coming up from the Alice. We won't be in any sort of hurry so can take it as easy as the track dictates. Can you tell me how many km's it is from the Tanami to Kalkarindji?
Will definitely let you know when we get to the end of the track.

Cheers
Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg H (NT) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 22:21

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 22:21
Round figures it is about 230km from the Tanami turnoff to Lajamanu then about 115km from Laj to Kalk.
There is fuel at both Laj and Kalk with a great store at Laj.
Where are you heading after Kalk?

Greg
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob S9 - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 22:44

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 22:44
Thanks Greg, really appreciate the info. I take it you are a local? Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that track is pretty much all on aboriginal land in which case is there anywhere you can camp?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob S9 - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 22:46

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 22:46
We are heading to the Kimberley.
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg H (NT) - Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 07:23

Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 07:23
Bob

Been out this way for a short time!
There are places that you can camp along on the Tanami Access Road but I would't along the Laj Road.
There is a campground/caravan park at Kalk.
Message me if you like and we can have a chat.

Cheers

Greg
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 20:13

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 20:13
Bob, we took our BT down from Top Springs on that road in 2010, so I can't advise on current conditions, but the drive was excellent.

Less said about the Tanami the better, though. Expect a high risk of damage.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob S9 - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 20:31

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 20:31
Tks for that. Nice to know at least one BT has done it!!

Cheers
Bob
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Reply By: Member - johnny woofl - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 21:19

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 21:19
Hi Bob,
We did from Darwin to Timber Creek, Victoria River Downs ,Kalkarindji, then Rabbit Flat and on to Alice Springs in Aug-Sept 2013 the road was a dream until we hit the Tanami. We have a 200 series Landcruiser towing a Millard Pinnacle, and do not go fast. In fact it is tempting us to do more of the roads less travelled.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob S9 - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 22:21

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 22:21
Thanks Johnny. There are some great tracks out there aren't there. We thought that might be an interesting route to take on our way to Kununurra as we are always looking for tracks we haven't previously travelled. If your Millard held together I am confident our Bushtracker will be up to the job. :)
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