sandy blight junction road

Submitted: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:15
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seeking opinion on whether a 20ft off road van can survive the trip on the sandy blight junction road. cheers.
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Reply By: 671 - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:54

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:54
From what I saw of it last winter, the road surface should not worry it providing it is a proper off road van and not one designed just for good dirt roads. There some long sandy sections with plenty of sand hills. They are not all that high and should be easy for any 4wd but some have short steep approaches which could be a problem with a van.

There are a couple of sections on the southern end where the road is a little rougher and narrower with some overhanging trees. They cleared my car easily but I can't remember if they were close enough to touch a van.

Your only real problem could be the sand hills. A 20 footer is a big van and you might end up wishing you had a tow vehicle with tracks instead of wheels.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 13:44

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 13:44
Did this road last year and I would not take a 20ft anything on this road. A very well prepared and capable setup with a very experienced driver would most likely get through but, IMHO it would be a bit irresponsible.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 18:06

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 18:06
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 18:41

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 18:41
It has not changed in 10 years as it was just the same last year. Had lunch under the tree on the right, great spot.
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Reply By: Member - Megan and Kevin D (AC - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 22:06

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 22:06
It's a wonderful trip but I wouldn't take a 20ft caravan along the SBJ Road not because of the surface of the road (alternating between corrugated, sandy and stony) but because when we travelled it in 2009 it was significantly overgrown in many places. The photos I'm attaching don't demonstrate this - we don't seem to have one that does! It does show that it's a beautiful place though.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, May 19, 2014 at 22:37

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 22:37
I thought my friends were unique in taking a caravan through and theirs is a narrow tracking 16' Phoenix in 2009. It took them three days, travelling at around 20 kph maximum, sometimes down to 3 kph, much of it in first and second gear. They also had to go bush around a deep washout; 20' caravan probably could never do that. A 20' caravan is probably also 8' wide, not the 7'6" selected by these outback bush travellers. She said "there were several places our caravan had to pull in its ribs to fit through". She found the corrugations much rougher than the Tanami which they had travelled several times.

Police told them that anyone that needs to be rescued from the Sandy Blight Junction Road will have a cost of $10,000 for a basic one vehicle rescue; a total of $20,000 for car and caravan so be prepared to pay the cost before deciding to go.

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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 20:04

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 20:04
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Don't even think about it.

The main issues are the rough bit along the creek bed near the Sir Frederick Range, the dune crossings at the southern end of the NT section, and the corrugations.

Having said that, if your van can handle severe corrugations, and you don't mind digging furrows in the creek bed, and you do the long 'go arounds' in the dune section, it could be done. But not a lot of fun.

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