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Submitted: Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 02:12
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What is shortest route from Alice to Newman?
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 07:54

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 07:54
Probably the Gary Junction Road to Marble Bar and then south.
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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 08:38

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 08:38
The shortest route is Gary Junction Road to Kunawaritji, Canning Stock Route to Georgia Bore and Talawana Track to Newman. This is not the fastest route but is very scenic.

The quickest route is Gary Junction Road, Telfer Mine Road, Ripon Hills Road,Marble Bar, Nullagine, Newman. This route is also very scenic.

Other scenic routes include:

Carawine Gorge and Skull Springs Road to Nullagine.

Telfer Mine Road, Karlamilyi(Rudall River) National Park, Talawana Track, Newman.

I have done them all and they are all worth doing.
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:50

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 09:50
Thanks J C16 will have roughly 1200km range.Where would I need to fuel up ? Wondering whats best map for that drive. ? thanks keen to see Rudall River I read hard to get decent map of the Park..cheers.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 10:03

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 10:03
Plenty of fuel from communities along the Gary Junction Road. Kunnawarratji is the most popular and probably the most expensive.
HEMA is hard to beat.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:35

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:35
Westprint in Nhill used to have a map of Rudall River NP.
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Follow Up By: Member - JOHN C16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:41

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 11:41
I agree with Peter's comments.

My understanding is that fuel on the Gary Junction Road as far as Punmu is supplied from Alice Springs. Fuel costs reflect the distance transported. From memory, typical prices for diesel are:
Kintore $2.00
Kiwirrkurra $2.80
Kunawarritji $3.40
Punmu $3.20

Kunawarritji is always the most expensive. Partly because of distance but also because they have a captive population of travellers on the Canning who have few alternatives.

Kintore is a relative bargain.

Hema maps are accurate and include community phone numbers and store opening hours.They are adequate for Rudall River.
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 20:45

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 20:45
Thanks JC16. Interesting about fuel.Maybe times have changed.I worked at Balgo Hills and asked the tanker driver why fuel at Balgo was only 10cents dearer than Alice Springs.He told me there is no delivery charge.Rabbit Flat up the Tanami Track was charging 70cents more! Which he also supplied.
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Follow Up By: Member - JOHN C16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 22:03

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 22:03
Very interesting comments about fuel. Last year diesel at Balgo was $2.08 and at nearby Billiluna $2.60. The manager at Billiluna told me the extra 52 cents was due to transport. Perhaps it is another Canning surcharge!
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 23:29

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 23:29
Your best bet is to fill up at Alice, then top up at Papunya, Kiwirrkurra and Kunnawarritji. or Punmu.
That'd help reduce the cost.
It's a good road through and not much traffic.

Steve
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 23:42

Monday, Apr 04, 2016 at 23:42
Thanks Steve whats rough distance from Alice to Newman .I haven't got any maps yet.
I Worked in Simpson Desert in 80's .I see you looking for someone to go with ..
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 06:41

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 06:41
G'day LAZYLUX16,

we drove from Alice to 80 Mile Beach and that was about 1650 kms.
Through to Newman wouldn't be more than that.

Steve
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