Mitchell Falls GRR

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Looking for info on towing a Off Road Camper Trailer & maybe a Bushtracker Off Rd Caravan into Mitchell Falls ?
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Reply By: Wayne NSW - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 22:52

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 22:52
The track from King Edward River to Mitchell Falls is very ordinary and unless you are staying at the Mitchell Falls Camp ground it would be better to leave the Camper and Van at King Edward River.
Check with Drysdale River station as to what the track is like when you go but it is not really suited for towing anything out there.

When ever I take any campers up there we stay at King Edward River and do day trips to the falls and Kalumburu


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Reply By: Phil D1 - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 22:56

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 22:56
It all depends on the condition of the track. The 3 times I have been into the Falls would have been fine for an off road trailer. I towed a Kimberley Kamper in last time without any issues. The other two times we were in a Isuzu NPS Expedition Vehicle without any real issues other than bad corrugations, but the first time there were big washouts and it would have been very difficult to get a Bushtracker through. The track is narrowish in places and you would need to take care with a van the size of a Bushtracker on the bends.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 23:31

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 23:31
Hi Lewis

Best to stay at the King Edward River and make a day trip. The road is often very corrugated and there is no point in taking trailers there and back. Some of the longer Bushtrackers lost their steps on a steep and deep dip.

The last eight kilometres of the road is narrow, and those meeting a caravan are less than impressed.

We were prepared to camp out at Mitchell Falls car park camping area, but at the end of the day we had enough light to go "home" to the caravan at the King Edward River and be in a much nicer place to camp.

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Reply By: Rustynails59 - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 02:29

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 02:29
When are you going up there
We are doing GRR July with a 23 foot off road van
When we do Migchel falls, best leave van at Drysdale Station and we use a roof top tent
You should also consider Cape Leveque but once again, I would leave a van at Broome
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Follow Up By: Member - Lewis Lee (WA) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 08:02

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 08:02
Hello Rustynails59
We will be up that way Mid May. Thanks for the info
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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 07:00

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 07:00
Leave your van/trailer at KER campground. It's a rough road in.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 08:22

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 08:22
We enjoyed the camp "at" the falls, although not as good as the camp at King Edward River. Suggest if you want to spend more than a day at the MF camp, take a tent.
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:38

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:38
WE took our 19' Bushtracker up to the Falls campground in 2010. The KER was running at 850mm and quite fast - checked it out on foot and drove through no worries - much to everyone's surprise!!

I took an identical photo the "Are we there yet" image above and it was published in Caravan World article we did on the trip.

Love some of these little homemade signs...

John and Jean

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:54

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 16:54
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 17:17

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 17:17
King Edward River.



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Reply By: Member - dj880 - Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 21:41

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 21:41
We took a TVAN into Mitchell Falls last September with ease. We had no trouble in or out. Stayed at Drysdale Station first and then Mitchell second night and then back to Drysdale the next night. Road condition that late in the season was very good. They we actually grading part of the road then. Hope this helps.
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Reply By: DiscoTourer - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 01:32

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 01:32
We spent 3 days at the Mitchell falls campground and no issue with our offroad camper trailer.

You would certainly struggle with the weight and length of a bushtracker.

An others suggested, King Edward River is a beauty to camp if taking something heavy.

Brett....
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Follow Up By: Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW) - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 10:01

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 10:01
Great to hear you took the Kavango to Mitchell Falls. We hope to spend three months in the Kimberley next year. Did you find any areas up there that were too difficult to tow the Kavango?

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Reply By: bob&loz - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 11:33

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 11:33
We took our 20' Bushtracker to the falls camp-ground last year without any problems. Its no different to a lot of the roads & tracks we use. Corrugations were certainly better than Cape Leveque road.
We went early in the season in mid May and found the road closed from Drysdale stn so needed to get a permit to travel closed road from the council. This was done by fax from Drysdale. The King Edward was said to be at 700mm so that was OK. On the way in the road from King Edward river to the falls had quite a few 100m stretches of water about 300/400mm deep but the bottom was firm so no chance of bogging or chopping it up.
Obviously at this time the traffic was light. On the return 3 days later there was only large puddles left. I would have no hesitation in taking the van up there again as it gave us the chance to spend time there and explore the area such as survayors pool and Warrander. We stayed 1 night at KE river on way up, 3 nights at falls campground and 2 nights again at KE river on way back.
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 16:31

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 16:31
And don't forget the spare wheel studs!!

After a few trips in my fourby I know have a spacecase that goes on the roof with a bunch of little bits and pieces, even a set of both left and right battery terminals (after a mates shook to pieces on one trip we did).

But you can bet (its Murphys law) whatever breaks will be what I don't have.

All good fun and part of the joys of remote travel
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Follow Up By: Member - Lewis Lee (WA) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 08:16

Sunday, Apr 06, 2014 at 08:16
Hi Mark T6
We have never carried wheel studs but will be from now on ! Especially after watching Micks video above.
Like you say .....Murphy's Law ??
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