TRAVELLING TO ALICE SPRINGS

We plan to travel from Queensland through Boulia to Alice Spring and would like to meet up with anyone who might be doing the same. We plan to leave Brisbane approx 1st or 2nd week of June.
Also could anyone give us a few recommendations of where we can camp (TVan) the night either on Station properties or whatever else is available.
Look forward to hearing from someone.
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Reply By: The Landy - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 08:11

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 08:11
A number of possibilities along the Plenty Highway from Boulia to Alice Springs.

Take a look at the EO Trek note on the Plenty Highway, if you haven't already, as it covers the Boulia to Alice section quite well.

EO Trek Note - Plenty Highway

We will be coming the opposite way in late July.

Enjoy...
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Reply By: Member - Geoff B (WA) - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 08:38

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 08:38
We travelled that route a few days ago and we camped next to a dry river ( can't remember the name and it's raining so can't get my diary out,). It was a beautiful spot but there was about a billion flies! Lovely when the sun went down. When you are in Boulia don't miss the animated Min Min display, it was awesome. The coffee there was great too.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 09:18

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 09:18
Rob,

We camped at Bengeacca Ck, just near the junction of Donohue & Boulia-Mt Isa roads. Plenty of room there, and a fair bit of shade.

At the Georgina River, there's a number of spots to choose from. We also camped at Gemtree the 2nd night and found it good. Due to inexperience, we showered late and suffered the consequences:-)

We went across in 2011, and there was a huge body of feed along the Plenty, so would have been difficult to find a fire safe camp anywhere. Both Jervious and Tobermorey have camping sites. Nice people @ Jervious.

Bob.

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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:35

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:35
Hi Rob, we did the Plenty this time last year. Camped at the Georgina River, ok, but dry at that time. Jervious is ok, nice folk as said. If you wish to access Alice via the eastern gorges, turn left before Gemtree on The Pinnacles Road, lovely scenic drive, &
camp at Ambilindum Station..very good camp, grass too. You can continue from there to Artlunga Reserve, Ross River, Trephina etc. A bit rough in spots, but very scenic.
Only about 2 1/2 hrs to Alice from Ambilindum if you don't stop. They have a website
if you wish to check it out. cheers....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:45

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:45
Oldbaz,

Do you know if you can still go down through Cattlewater Pass into the East Mac's?

Cheers
Baz
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:55

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:55
Baz, the answer is no, unless changed recently. It was closed a couple of years ago due to serious washouts, & the local Police got
sick of call outs to rescue stranded travellers. The alternatives are
good as previously mentioned. cheers....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 21:42

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 21:42
We are currently in Alice Springs having just completed the trip from Boulia to Alice Springs. We found the campsites along the Georgina to be very dry and not very attractive in the current hot weather. We went on the Tobermorey Station which has a well grassed campground with shade and basic facilities including plenty of good water. There were about ten other rigs there when we arrived about 4.30pm, delayed by a puncture. We were able to get the tyre repaired and bur fuel at the station which was a real plus! It cost $22 a night per vehicle unpowered - top dollar but we were very glad of it!

You do not need to worry about having company as we kept meeting up with people we had met at Boulia along the track - there are plenty of people travelling this route.
After Tobermorey the road deteriorated with lots of corrugations and dust but manageable with care and appropriate tyre pressures.

There are places you can pull off to camp but they are generally very exposed and not particularly inviting. We went into Jervois Station which has a basiccamp site set up with water and fireplaces with wood - a short walk to toilets and showers. The cost was $15 and fuel was also available. If you choose not to camp there you can shower for $5.

There is also camping with no facilities near Harts Range Police Station. We did not stop there and went on to Gem Tree which is an excellent caravan park with powered sites and extensive areas for unpowered watered sites and good facilities including fuel. Lots of fossicking if you are interested in staying longer.

From Jervois the road was even more corrugated with bull dust holes so it was a slow trip with a caravan but we had no problems.

It was an interesting trip with fascinating scenery but it was demanding and there really weren't many places to linger. We were never short of company. By June the weather should be cooler and easier but keep an eye on the weather - rain will close the road. Good luck! John and Lynne
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