Using Great Central Road July 1 2004?

Submitted: Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 13:04
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I'm interested in anyone else travelling east from Laverton to Yulara via Great Central road during early July 2004. Also would like to know availability of unleaded fuel along the way. Please respond quickly...
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Reply By: DINGO - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 13:25

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 13:25
Hi i am interested in the trip but it depends on how long you are thinking of taking? Also my days of baby sitting people on trips are long over (i am now 37)
as you can only enjoy yourself fully when every one pulls their weight. i am just finishing the slide on a new Evacool fridge which i am very impressed with. i love the preperation of a trip so much, as well as the trip itself. i sometimes think that as long as you have the right company that you can have a ball camping / travelling anywhere in this wounderful country. But some people just miss the whole point of the beauty of the bush and only want to tell everyone what they have done thinking faster more is best and = winner !!wrong. i am going to go and finish doing all the oil changes now on my old 1990 faithful cruiser in prep of a fishing trip next week. i will check this forum later today and if you are interested then leave some more details and i will respond. Regards Dingo
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Follow Up By: Large - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 22:20

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 22:20
I thought alice was just asking for advice and not a "babysitter". From her post it sounds to me if you are interested, make contact with her. A very spirited response Dingo. Some people only have a limited time frame to do these trips any way. i think you have missed her point!

Alice, enjoy and safe journey...
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Reply By: Davoe - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 13:38

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 13:38
I believe the tjukayiria rd house now sells unleaded if it does it would be the only ulp supplier along the gcr
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg B (WA) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:41

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:41
We were at Tjukayirla on 1st of May 2004 and we only noticed Av Gas and diesel.
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Reply By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 15:02

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 15:02
G'day Alice,
I think Davoe is right.
Take a look at the Treknotes, here:

The Great Central Road isn't difficult, provided I hasn't just been raining, as then it can be a bit slippery in places.

You still have some time, so I suggest you ask again in a week or two if you haven't found anyone to hook up with by then.
Don't take too much notice of THAT other message, most travellers out there are much more helpful and sociable :-)

Have a good trip,
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Follow Up By: don - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 21:25

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 21:25
I have done a serious amount of homework on the Great Central Road and will leave here on July 19th for a one month trip to Cape York, after that it's anywhere in Qld depending on the weather.
Remember that you need permits (2) for the GCR one from WA easy to obtain via email , have been waiting 5 weeks for reply from Central Lands Council, guess Ill follow them upagain.
Driving a Santa Fe with 16ft. caravan so just cruisin, yr welcome to join Don the duck and his support crew(wife Judy) No hasels no hurry.
Don 58,Judy (secret).
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:02

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:02
Don just wondering how much fuel your intending to carry for the trip?
seems its a long way between ulp drinks..
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Reply By: Member - Dave (Pilbara) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 01:12

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 01:12
Check with the local shires as to how far the graders are. we went through in July last year and although the road is classed as almost a highway it was very corrigated in places. the grader was working on one area and what had been done was very good.We ran ito a bit of rain half way over and it turned the road into a mud bath in places.
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Follow Up By: Member - Slim - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 11:14

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 11:14
The Laverton Shire do some good work with their maintenance on this road. When we went through last year WA side was fairly good. I don't think they have a grader on the NT side.
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:42

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:42
Hi Alice my sugestion it to get out there and poke along or even camp by the track a couple of days and take in the beauty and plenty of travellers will come along and you could tag along with some one who you think might have similar interests to you. By the chatter on VKS737 some nights it sounds like some of these roads need traffic signals these days. You wont be alone!!
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 09:49

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 09:49
unfortunatly poking around and bush camping is not permitted along most of the gcr as part of the conditions of the 2 permits required
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Follow Up By: Member - Irene - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 09:49

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 09:49
Hi Alice
We are doing this trip in June East to West, just thought you might find this info on permits needed helpful. Log onto the permits on this great site, fill out the on line permit for WA then in that info on their site is a place to click onto for the Central Land Council permit (NT), you can print this out, finish filling in the details, fax off and tick the box for them to fax back to you. I had both these permits faxed back to me in the same day I think that is excellent on behalf of these departments.
Hope you have a great trip
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Reply By: don - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:51

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:51
Hi Graham & Ann,
Yep, we have about 850kl Tjukayirla to Yalara, I have beefed up caravan suspension, "A" frame and lifted height some 100mm, (could get more if needed) and will carry 60l in main tank, 70 litres in ex Falcon plastic tank(sealed and additional mini fuel pump to t/f) slung under van plus 4 Jerries, if the going gets wet & very difficult I will average about 5k litre (worst case) so have more than enough, also looking to visit friends on Gove Peninsular, so need long range.
Can't afford $1300 for LR tank (still only 80l) for Santa Clause (sorry Fe) so will make do.
Im off in mid July, see you have a similar rig, how are you coping, fuel economy wise?
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