Chilling out in Broome

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 10:16
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We've been on the road for 15 days now. Left bitumen at Chandler just north of Marla. Found it again at 80 mile beach 250km west of Broome 8 days ago. With time to kill we decided to have a look at the Kimberley: Derby, Gibb River Rd (closed at Mt Barnett), back to Derby then along bitumen to Halls Creek and the the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu Nat Pk). Back to Broome yesterday.
Places we've visited:
Fregon, Amata, Pipilyatjara, Wingellina, Blackstone, Surveyor Generals Corner, Warakurna, Kintore, Kiwirrkurra, Kunawarritji (Well 33). Lennard Gorge, Geike Gorge, Bungles
Rds used:
Chandler to Amata Rd, Gunbarrell Hwy, Giles Mulga Park Rd, Grt Cedntral Rd, Sandy Blight Junction Track, the Desert Rd, Jenkins Track, Wapet Rd or Kidson Track.
No punctures yet :-) Drop car off at transport depot this am.
I'll upload track files in due course. Specific details available on request.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 10:22

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 10:22
Jeez Bob, Southern Victoria sounds great while you are there. 12.55 degrees outside and a much lower chill factor.

But rain in them thar eastern mountains means a bit of a promise. Gippsland has been enjoying a Western Victorian summer, and we have had their autumn showers............ Bairnsdale with 5" and more I hear in the last 24 hours will relieve them.

Yeh, I guess you could say we are chilling here too, but prefer not OUT.
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 11:39

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 11:39
Good trip Bob, did you take the Lexus Or the Disco & how much are they charging you to ship it home.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 09:37

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 09:37
Bob and Lex
I took the Disco. Going from about 7000 on the odo to 14000 was a good run in for it. The original rear springs are stuffed as I towed the trailer with all the fuel for three acompanying petrol vehicles plus water as far as the start of the SBJT.
The cost of shipping is $1302.40. It seems a lot but when you allow for cost of fuel, depreciation of vehicle, the extra four days it gives you, and the lack of hassle it starts to look like a bargain.
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Reply By: mac1 - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 15:43

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 15:43
G'Day Bob
How /where did you get permission to pass thu Pipilyatjara, Wingellina, Blackstone, Surveyor Generals Corner?
How was the Sandy Blight Junction Track

Cheers Mac
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 09:47

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 09:47
Mac1
getting the permits took many months of planning - four sep lots required. To go to the AP lands (Fregon, Amata, Pip) we had to have a legitimate reason and a sponsor, in our case to visit various art centres.
To visit Wingellina and Blackstone was perhaps even harder- apparently of many requests considered ours was the only one granted, again for the same purpose. While at Wingellina the local administrator, Rob Kopa, arranged for us to be escorted to SG corner.
The SBJT was in reasonable condition. We camped about 10 km north of the start and completed it in an easy day of driving, camping the next night some 30 km west of Kintore. It was in much better condition than when I last used it several years ago.
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Reply By: perf - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 15:28

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 15:28
G'day Bob, I am hoping to be using the Giles Mulga Prak road early July travelling form Warakurna to Fregon how was the condition of the road when you travelled along it. Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 17:02

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 17:02
Perf,
south of Warakurna there was some construction underway which was transforming bits of the road into the best dirt road I've ever seen. Other parts as you head south are pretty rough in places. Once you turn left the WA part is quite rough until you reach Pipalyatjara. From here to Fregon it is well maintained. No big drama at any stage, and certainly not the worst road around.
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Reply By: perf - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 10:00

Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 10:00
Bob,
thanks your reply, you mention earlier about permits, I am having trouble contacting the Anangu Pitjantjatjaraku Yankunytjatjara Land Council for the Giles Mulga Park section from Gov. Gen corneral to the Stuart Hwy, any tips?
I have all the others. We are off in a month, I cant wait.
regards Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 17:10

Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 17:10
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The womans name is Jo
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 11:14

Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 11:14
Hi Bob,

Sounds like a great trip. Are we going to be able to see a trip journal somewhere sometime?

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 17:13

Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 17:13
Melissa,
it was a great trip. I've been flat out since getting back and barely had time to think about it. I certainly will put it all together with photos as soon as I can - althouigh I am heading back to the Alice in July :-) so it might be a little while
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