Kimberley/GRR Update

Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 21:26
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Have spoken today to the lass in the Kununura Information Centre. (We ae currently in town)

The Gibb River Road is in top condition having just been graded where necessary, after the wet season.

The Pentacost River is at about 400mm which will be a doodle for our trip along the GRR starting Monday.

So now is a great time to be traveling the road and there is only about 3 thousand or so other travelers in town at present.
Plenty or grey nomads about but most of them have rigs that will stick to the bitumen, so the only problem we may have is getting a site at Broome at the end of our journey.

Have been looking forward to this part of our holiday and everything looks to be turned on to please us "southerners"
The temperature is in the low to mid 30's wth relatively high humidity.
We used up too much room bringing along coats, jumpers and dooners which we are unlikely to need:-)
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 21:48

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 21:48
Hi Bill

Have a fantastic trip and looking forward to your regular updates.




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Reply By: Gary.L - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 23:51

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 23:51
I believe that the road to Kalumburu is still closed from the Mitchell Plateau up.
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Reply By: baz&pud (tassie) - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 09:04

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 09:04
Hi Sandman,
We currently have a friend (Wesley Hazell) who is driving a 200 series Landcruiser, pulling a Bushtracker, (both with Tassie plates) he's following guys riding bicycles across the GRR to raise money for cancer research and the RFDS.
If you come across him please go and say g'day, he'll wonder how the hell you new about him.
Have a great trip, we did it a few years back and loved it.
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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 09:29

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 09:29
Counting on it.
Im at pardoo station this morning on my way to tge gibb
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 15:39

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 15:39
Bill

Thanks for the info. Heading off for the GRR in a week. Can't wait.


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Reply By: LCCY79 - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 16:35

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 16:35
Hay g'day Sand Man , you wouldn't happen to know if Ivanhoe crossing is open yet , thought they were waiting for a lower water height to inspect the concrete to give it the all clear , as I'll be up there start of June.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 19:47

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 19:47
Ivanhoe Crossing will be closed for some time yet.
An inspection report has been received and planning is under way for repair work later on in the dry season.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 21:58

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 21:58
The info I provided above came direct from the SWEK website.
I drove out to Ivanhoe Crossing today and I'm buggered if I know how any inspection was carried out.
The crossing at the Kununurra side is knee deep at the start and after about 15 metres from the bank the water force eliminates further progress.
The local powers have placed a large boulder in the middle of the road to inhibit vehicle progress from folk silly enough to attempt a crossing anyway.
I have some great photos but I have no way of loading them to my tablet to insert them into this thread.
There were 3 white fellas fishing and a few indigenous folk as well.
One of them told me three Barra around a metre in length were caught yesterday.
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Follow Up By: LCCY79 - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 22:33

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 22:33
Thanks for the reply Sand Man , I was hoping to drive across this time but I'm out of luck by the looks of it , I did a Kimberley trip in 2011 & it was closed then too , nice to here about the barra ill flick a lure then take the parry creek road to Wyndham.
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Reply By: Tony I - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 19:30

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 19:30
Gday Sandman- we're at palm grove in broome for a few days then heading up to the King Edward River, 2nd attempt after last years late May rain. Have a good trip- we're in 150 Prado towing a Challenge CT- say gday if we cross paths.
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Reply By: Member Ray M (QLD) - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 20:29

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 20:29
Hi Bill, I am in Kununurra at the moment also and meant to have left for the Gibb today but the fridge in the van spat the dummy so waiting for a fridgy tomorrow, may see you along the track. We are in silver Prado towing Jayco Destiny with EO sticker and wheel cover. Cheers Ray
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 22:06

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 22:06
Hi Ray,

We are based in the Discovery CP and leaving for El Questro tomorrow for probably one night, before our next planned stop for 3 or 4 days at Drysdale RS.

Would also like to catch up with you along thr GRR and chew the fat for a bit.
I am in a silver Colorado towing a Campomatic CT with an ExplorOz wheel cover on the rear mounted spare.
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Reply By: Member Ray M (QLD) - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 08:40

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 08:40
Hi Bill, if I get fridge sorted today I will be heading for Drysdale tomorrow so may catch up there
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 17:23

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 17:23
Just arrived in Kununurra yesterday after spending a couple of very enjoyable weeks travelling the GRR from Derby.
Graders working but a few sections still a bit rough. The Kalumburu road still closed beyond the Mitchell Falls turnoff but open to the Falls. We opted for a flight from Drysdale. Thoroughly enjoyable and worth the money.
Neville, the guy at Over The Range Tyres patched a couple of holes that we punched on a gorge exploration side trip. Good bloke, very helpful.
Watch out for the Gibb River Racing team driving their 4WD tourist coaches.

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