Any one been to Maningrida, NT?

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We are wanting to travel from Cobourg Peninsula to Nhulunbuy, via Maningrida next year. Has anyone done this? We notice that the maps say 'no access - local traffic only' but we're wondering if it's possible to get permission.
Would really appreciate any information that's out there!
Judy and Peter Lawrence
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Reply By: Bigfish - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:14

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:14
Unless your aboriginal I dont reckon you will get a permit. Some of the smaller communities want the road open but the northern land council has other ideas. I used to travel it a fair bit but had a work permit. You would have to apply via the northern land council. If your aboriginal you have no worries. Also if travelling to Nhulunbuy you must nominate where you will be staying as once again permits are reqd.
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Follow Up By: Judy L - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:31

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:31
Hmm. Thanks for your reply. Is it worth traveling to Nhulunbuy? Sounds like we will have to come back out to Katherine from Cobourg to go Nhulunbuy. We want to head down to the Roper so it seems like we'll be heading back the on the same road from Nhulunbuy also, unless there's a short cut!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:43

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:43
I was at Nhulunbuy a couple months ago, knowing what I know now, I wish I hadn't bothered.
Also remember, no caravans!

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Follow Up By: Judy L - Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 06:15

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 06:15
Thanks Shaker,
We will be towing a 'hybrid' camper. Not a caravan, not a campertrailer! Same offroad capabilities as a trailer but no canvas. What do you think?
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 08:29

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 08:29
I was told by the NLC that I couldn't take an Australian Off Road Quantum & that if I did I wouldn't get accommodation in Nhulunbuy.
So, I bought a Tvan for the trip only to find a Complete Campsite Exodus at the camping area when I arrived, so don't believe all the information that you are given!

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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:20

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:20
G'day, was up that way in July/August and every one I asked said the same thing, no access....... you have to come back out and back in to get from Coburg to Nhulunbuy, it would have made it a much nicer trip had one been able to transit through Maningrida. One thing that may catch you out when on Coburg is the road closures at short notice due to funeral or other ceremony, the road was closed for 4 days while we where there. Great place to visit, will be back again...........
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham D2 - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:50

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 18:50
John - is the road into the Cobourg Peninsula suitable for an off road pop top van?
Graham
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Follow Up By: braggy - Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 07:43

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 07:43
Natioal Park site "no caravans or bikes ", they spoil all your fun.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 21:00

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 21:00
Hi John,
We're hoping to head up that way next year - did you have any problems with permits to Coburg and how far in advance do you reckon we need to apply? What were the highlights of Coborg in your opinion?

Cheers, Geoff
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 22:01

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 22:01
Braggy what bull bleep .

Is the road suitable ? That would depend on your suspension, we tow 2 5 metre boats full of camping gear to Wiligi every year about half way to cobourg, it takes us 5 hours to get all the gear there in one piece.

Can you go across the top, no that would not be possible, when would I book my permit to cobourg, yesterday.

Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: braggy - Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 06:52

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 06:52
Cobourg National park website said other wise, but maybe you know better
http://parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/gariggunak
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 02:17

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 02:17
I was very fortunate when I was living at Adelaide River , Member Noel K was at the time working for a builder in Pinelands and needed a truck driver to drive the fantastic Isuzu loaded with building products over to Ramingining I think 4 trips and one to Maningrida, and another to Murwangi near Ramingining, it was 275 Klms from Cahills Crossing of corrugations, creeks, bulldust, wrecked cars, and rocks and I really enjoyed the drive, I rather that than cruise Brisbane - Cairns, and the scenery at day time was awesome.







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Follow Up By: Judy L - Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 06:20

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 06:20
Hi Doug,
Looks and sounds amazing. We will look forward to seeing a very different part of Oz. Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 08:18

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 08:18
Hi Judy
Yes it is an amazing and beautiful part of Australia, but as everyone else states, getting the Permit will be the issue, the Builders workers and me as driver all had permits ....funny though....no one wanted to see the permit.

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