WA trip Shark Bay onto Uluru Options

Hi All. Im heading over to Perth and up to shark Bay. The wife wants to do Uluru on the way back. Im hoping to get some trek ideas so i can work out a route. Have a camper trailer.

Have done Cape York . Alice.Darwin etc so have experience travelling and studied tbe areas well.

Id appreciate any input you could provide such as hard maps i could purchase. Any reference material you could suggest And links etc.

Im thinking Mt Magnet to Leonora across. Any other routes considered also.

With little experience and knowledge of WA points of interest i thought id smply put it out there. hopefully save me hours hunting for it.

Leaving Perth and will have about 4 weeks to return to Melb. Im a Truckie so im aware my time is limited And will be on the road a bit. Ive called this the recon trek for next years holidays.

If youve done a similar trek id appreciate your input.

Cheers Dave.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 06:33

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 06:33
The Great Central Road {GCR} is the best way back from WA if you are going to the Rock. Some great info on here under the Treks heading.

We did that trip last year and enjoyed it.
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Follow Up By: Smooth - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 15:21

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 15:21
Thanks Tony, as mentioned im a driver with limited recreational time, working long hours and all during the night, ive had a look on the treks page and is the reason i asked for any input, purely to save me hours studying this site with maps i dont have during my required rest breaks and with my mobile/notepad

Harder still when all i have is google maps, by the time you zoom in to what you would consider a town (crossroads etc) you loose ya bearings (not marbles)

Believe me its understandably overwhelming in the treks pages as without a map if you dont have an understang of the major routes, towns, poi,s, cautions,permits,camp spots etc etc etc.

Thanks for your input

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 07:41

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 07:41
Gidday Dave

A great way to get from Shark Bay to Alice is via the "India To Alice" - this is basically going from Marble Bar to Alice Springs via the Telford Mine Road and then the Gary Junction Road.

Its a great track, very picturesque and its not what you would cll technical nor hard

Plenty of fuel (communities) great camp spots (recommend Jupiter Well) - I have done it a couple of times and loved it and have recommended it to a number of people
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 14:33

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 14:33
Beat me to it Kiwi.

Smooth, the Gary Junction gets a lot less traffic so is far less corrugated, is more scenic and I can thoroughly recommend the drive. It is still remote, so you do need to be prepared. It does make a much longer route Shark Bay to Yulara, but it depends on whether you are on a tight time frame, or whether you are touring to see the best.

Check My Blogs (2009) for our trip of what we saw, where we stopped and where to get fuel. I also have Blogs for the Great Central Road (2008).

Coming from further south, if you are into remote travel, incorporating the Talawana Track is an option. We went via Marble Bar not the Talawana.

Note the permit requirements are different for the Gary Junction and you need to apply several weeks in advance, not just a one working day like the Great Central Road permits (Western Australian side). For the Northern Territory side of both roads, it is a simple one working day permit.

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Follow Up By: Smooth - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:07

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:07
Thanks Kiwi/Motherhen

Exactly what i was hoping for. As the wife is doing her maiden outback trip this sounds like a very suitable learning point,

Ill check out the permit for Gary Junction, doing a same route twice it must have been impressive, understanding youve probably done the others too.

Ive looked in the online shop for maps and saw one late last night on WA camper trailer something or other.

Could either of you possibly recommend a map that will be good enough to show poi,s etc. This one looked ok but the map pic was blurred understandably. No stress but with your experience its easier to ask than to shop around for hours which i dont have.

Most Importantly and with respect im not asking you to shop around for me, if what you have map wise suits your experience and needs ill go with that.
Ive spent months planning routes in the past and yes to find that destination points and time frames dont exist the moment you leave your driveway.
Ive spent 6 months getting 4wd/ camper ready and im just about there, we leave in 7 weeks. I just want to mention although I might sound careless or over confident, thats simply not the case. I have the tools for the job, im just looking for a way back from the bay to the rock.

Once again im very gratefull for your input and will most certainly be looking into your trips.

Feel free to PM me with any maps or links you may have.

Stay safe n cheers

Dave
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:18

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:18
You don't have message privileges here Dave, but you can email me from my profile or Blogs for more.

Cheers

Mh
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:36

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:36
Dave

If you are looking to do a bit more 4x4 travelling then I can suggest you take a look at a post I did a while back on the trip we are talking about and you will see 1) a reference to Cathy Savages excellent book Explore Australia




and 2) a trip report I did which has a few pictures in it at

http://www.conquerorforum.com/post/alice-to-india-indian-ocean-that-is-6828760

It is about 4.5mGb
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:38

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 16:38
Dave

Forgot to mention the India to Alice trip is one of Cathy's treks and it is detailed in this book very well with distances, gps waypoints, fuel stops, permits ect ect you couldn't ask for a better set of trek notes
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Follow Up By: Smooth - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 17:54

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 17:54
Im just on Motherhens Blog now and will look into yours also, I am going to become a paid member but was going to do the spend over $100 online shopping and get the instant 12 months.

I dont mind spendin 100 on maps to cover as much of WA as possible, handy reference material when planning for next year.

This is great, thanks Kiwi

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Follow Up By: Smooth - Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 18:03

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 18:03
Thanks Motherhen, I will take you up on that. Ya certainly been around a bit.
If anyone reads this thread Id truly recommend they visit your blogs, very impressive. makes me wanna quit work...

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