Alice Springs To Marblebar

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:01
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has anybody travelled the road from Alice Springs through to Marble Bar on the Gary Junction road in the last couple of weeks wanting to know road conditions thinking of going thru starting later this week.



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Reply By: cookie1 - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:27

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:27
The Gary Highway is quite overgrown and the spinifex was quite high last week so make sure you stop regularly and remove the highly flammable spinifex from the underside of your car

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:31

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:31
Hi Cookie1,

Don't mistake the Gary Highway with the Gary Junction Road. One is easy, the other not so much.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:32

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:32
Having said that, thanks for the info, Love spinifex :-)

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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:47

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:47
Thanks for that clarification Alan,

Yeah copped some in my finger, fortunately I carry a pack of anti-biotics in my 1st Aid kit, it became quite infected in my finger resulting in it spreading to my hand, antibiotics quelled it within a couple of days but a week later it is still quite ugly.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:59

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 20:59
Yeah, nice to look at but!.......
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 00:11

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 00:11
It is a lovely drive, and I see no reason why it would be any different than when we went through (see My Blogs 2009). It can take some time (like three weeks or so) to get your permit for the WA side. I made a complaint to the Minister who gave the Department a bit of a shake up, so someone with more recent experience may give a better idea of the time frames now. The NT permit is within one working day.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 02:21

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 02:21
Nice route.
Slideshow from 2008 towing a boat.

http://s246.photobucket.com/user/Peter_n_Margaret/slideshow/08%202%20Gary%20Junction%20Road

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Reply By: 213 - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 09:50

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 09:50
Just got back from travelling that route - from Port Headland - Marble Bar - Carawine Gorge - Punmu - Kunawarritji - Kintore - Alice Springs.

Didn't see any spinifex on the road.

The road was good to excellent (for an unmade road) until the NT border then some of the worst corrugations we've ever driven on. The NT government should be ashamed! It's 2014 for goodness sake and from the border to Namajira Drive is just shocking.

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Follow Up By: Gilligan's Island. - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 16:46

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 16:46
thank you for the info George hoping grader has been busy since you have been thru.

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Follow Up By: Sapper D - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:25

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 21:25
George,--About to do that exact trip in reverse in a couple of weeks, and was wondering were those listed places your stops, and if so was that about the most comfortable travelling distance for a day.---I'm in a bit of a hurry to get across to Pt Hedland, and am not sure how long it will take with just overnight camps.----any advice would help,---thanks in advance
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 23:48

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 23:48
The section from the WA/NT border to Telfer (or more accurately the turnoff to Telfer where the white plastic chair sits at the bus stop!) is very good. The grader had been through just before Easter.

80 kph is easy and safe. If its someone else's vehicle then 130 kph seems to be the go.

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Follow Up By: 213 - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 09:42

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 09:42
Hi SapperD

we camped in the bush along the route Sapper (were you really in the RE's?)

Now...I know what the Permit states but my view is that the terms are:

a) internally inconsistent-almost impossible to interpret logically;
b) could result in a driver making dangerous speeds/decisions; and
c)adhering to the rules would really ruin the trip completely after all the journey is why most people do it.

[Just for interest...we flagged down a vehicle after an o'night camp in an area used by road gangs (at least that's what it looked like). I had 'lost' my phone at the camp site and couldn't get the Satphone to register the units I had purchased prior to leaving on the trip. I needed someone with a phone to ring my number and phone so I could locate it. We were only 10kms or so from Kintore and I knew there was a signal. Guess what - the first car that came along contained 4 police officers!

They were great - phoned my phone - which rang - and it was in the closed up CUB camper all the time! I fully expected them to ask to see my permit but they just wished me G'day and carried on.
We also spoke to several aboriginal people along the way and nobody asked for it. I did have one of course.

So...I suspect that as long as people do the right thing - (don't sell alcohol or drugs en-route don't go miles inland to secure/steal precious artefacts etc etc) then the landowners probably would love you to enjoy the land as much as they do.

Of course maybe this is all just me justifying my actions but I hope everybody understands]

Having said all that it took us 5 overnight camps en-route but one of those was 'forced' because we would have arrived at Kunawarritji on a Sunday (no fuel on Sundays) if we hadn't spent the extra night on the road.

Enjoy
George
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Follow Up By: Sapper D - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:35

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:35
Thanks Bob and George, from what you've said I reckon I'll complete AS to Marble Bar in 5 overnighters, assuming no problems. It's a rushed trip, hence the reason for minimum stops
Thanks again, ( Oh yeh George, I was a genuine sapper in he RAE in 1967, not RE ---one's Aussie, the other British0
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