Tanami track

We are planning a trip from SA via The Tanami to Broome in May. Anyone have any updates on road conditions, also good free camp spots for Off road vans.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 16:32

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 16:32
That's a tough one, camp spots on the Tanami, especially the Alice Springs end.

Tilmouth Well has a commercial campground.

Next location, from memory, heading towards Halls Creek, is Renehan's bore. It has a small area where a van could fit.

Then, nearby to the now defunct Rabbit Flat, is the road leading west to Tanami Downs. Where it meets the Tanami Rd is a mulga patch where a van could be accommodated.

After that, it's Sturt Creek watercourse, south of Wolfe Creek turn off.

Then your'e in Halls Creek.

As far as road conditions go, seek out reports from both Halls Creek and Alice Springs.

It's a great drive, plenty to see (if you know how to look), and not too tough if you go steady.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:44

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:44
You could camp at Wolfe Creek, but I think the road in is atrociously corrugated. Suitability depends on your rig's capabilities. Check before you decide.

We camped one night in one of the longer grader drainage ditches - we were able to get quite a long way off the road and were mostly shielded from view by the scrub.

Tilmouth well was fine.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:06

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:06
If you have a mind to, you won't have to pay a cent for a campsite all the way to Broome - there's heaps of spots on the Stuart to pull off the road for the night. My memory of the Tanami is as little bit fuzzier, but we found clearings quite easily a few years back. One of the best places on the remote roads is the sites that road maintenance crews make for their machines and caravans when they are working the area....also the clearings where they scrape up material for road building.....examples of such sites can easily be seen on Google Earth. Being a very dry grassy place though, keep fire safety in mind up there - you want plenty of clearance around your vehicles just in case a spark gets away.
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:16

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:16
We travelled the Tanami in July 2013. The road is bitumen from Alice Springs to Tilmouth Wells. From there it is a mixture of good dirt, moderate corrugations and sandy patches. The sandy patches are near the WA border. The road improves in WA to some extent. Camping spots along the road are few and far between. We stayed at Tilmouth Wells then went onto Stretch Lagoon.Stretch Lagoon is about 15 km south of Billiluna along the Canning Stock Route. Excellent camping spot with good composting toilets. You are supposed to pay at the Billiluna Store. We attempted to do this but there was nobody to take the money. We easily managed the distance from Tilmouth Wells to Stretch Lagoon in a day with time to spare.
I have been told that to camp along the Tanami you can stay in the gravel pits. These are supposedly off the road somewhat and out of sight of the road.
Wolf Creek Meteorite crater has camping but it is very exposed. This is nevertheless worth visiting, however the road in at the time was very corrugated.
We actually overtook a Holden Commodore travelling the Tanami. He was not enjoying the sand too much but he did appear to be making steady progress.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:36

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:36
Make the detour via Balgo in to Mulan and Lake Gregory, then out the back way to Lake Stretch which will take you on to the northern end of the Canning just before rejoining the Tanami at Bililuna - we did it last year, and found it a great side trip.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 22:05

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 22:05
I recall a thread a few days ago about camping along the Tanami. Plenty of places to get off it, and we found places like gravel pits well away from the road, and large rest areas.

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 09:40

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 09:40
Hi Carman's, the Trek note for the Tanami is in the process of being upgraded but for now you can do this. Go into any place in Places and type Tanami into the search again box. It will give a dozen or more links. Or just click on this link to get started. Tanami Road - Yuendumu to Stuart Highway. There are 4 sections to the 1000 km "road" and you can see pix of road conditions and scenery of which there is not much. There's miles and miles of scrub with plenty of spots to pull over and free camp. There won't be much traffic to bother you...... W
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Reply By: cookie1 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 18:00

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 18:00
We went there this time last year and stopped at Mt Doreen ruins past Yeundemu

http://www.exploroz.com/Places/27378/NT/Mount_Doreen_Ruins.aspx#rqc_tabs=2

Stay clear of Aboriginal areas if you are carrying alcohol

The road was really good until just near Balgo with road crews doing an excellent job, the roadtrain drivers are also very good allowing us to overtake when clear

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 22:31

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 22:31
We did not know how to find Mount Doreen ruins Cookie so missed them. I was interested in having a look.


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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 23:00

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 23:00
Long time ago, we inadvertently camped near a stock route about 300m from a watering point near Mount Doreen (we picked the area because that was my mother's name).
At 2am, the cattle started moving past our camp spot in single file and each one took the time to stop and tell its buddy about us as it passed.
At 3am, we moved camp.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 23:06

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 23:06
LOL

I can imagine the bovine conversations Peter. "What is this strange object on our path? It is OK, safe to pass. Tell everyone down the line"

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