Epenarra Station to Barkley Homestead

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 20:45
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Anyone know if the road from Epenarra Station to the Barkley Homestead is OK to use??
and what approvals if any are required?
Any comments on road condition would be appreciated
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:08

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:08

we drove through there a bit over 12 months ago.
They close it off if they're mustering through there or if it's too wet.
Drop into the homestead first, don't just drive through there or they might get a bit shirty, or you might get lost.
Coming from the south you go through the gates, turn right at the big shed and there's a bit of a shop just there. You can usually find who you're looking for in there.
Other than that you can google the place and get their phone number.

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Reply By: Member - alnwickhill - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:12

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:12
many thanks.. we will give em a call
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:17

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:17
They were pretty friendly but appreciated us calling in to let them know.
The week before there were some travellers bogged at one of the bores for a couple of days and the bore runner found them in his run.
It's pretty basic heading to Barkly, keep going north but there is on bit that is a Y section that you have to think (keep left).

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Reply By: Member - Timnivo - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:17

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:17
G'day alnwickhill. If you ask nicely at Epenarra, preferably after having spent some money there (we filled up with diesel), they will more than likely let you use this private road. We travelled through there in July last year. It is an easy farm track (2wd) when dry, and you will not be allowed use it if wet. Get good directions from the store as you leave if heading north, as there is a bit of a maze of tracks around the homestead and yards. Coming in from the north it would be difficult to get lost.
If the station is mustering stock around this track it will also be closed.
If I remember rightly this great little shortcut saved us a 470km trip around through Tennant Creek, but it cannot be guaranteed to be available to all, or at all times. Have fun. Timnivo.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 22:39

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 22:39
When we were there it was closed to the public - I suspect they had to do a few recoveries of ill prepared travellers. They were nice helpful people, but we did not ask as we did not want to go that way. I know someone who did, with permission, at that time.


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