Tanami Rd & firewood

Submitted: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 18:11
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Afternoon/evening all, I haven't read any reference to the availability of firewood along the Tanami and I'm wondering whether it's worth carrying a box of firewood if the natural resource is limited?

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Reply By: Member - Robyn R4 - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 21:58

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 21:58
I just consulted my photos and noticed that in some there you can see the occasional ghost gums and other eucalypts.
In some photos you can just see very low scrubby shrubs.
On my occasional "comfort stops" where I had to walk in from the road a little, I remember stepping over grasses and low shrubs.
I reckon you should carry firewood if you were looking at camping out.
We stayed the night at Tilmouth Well and it was very nice. It was June, and there was just one other couple. Almost like camping in the bush, with the dry river bed behind us and a few gum trees around...but we had a short walk to very clean amenities and a restaurant with very decent food.
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 00:02

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 00:02
Hi Robyn R4 did you enjoy Tanami track .And have you done Gary Junction road ? I have done TT msny times but not GJR wondering whst its like cheers
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 10:41

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 10:41
Thanks for the info Robyn. Bit hard for the girls when there's a lack of screening veg.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 12:21

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 12:21
No need for cover for the girls Dunc. Hardly any traffic out there.

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Reply By: Michaeljp - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 03:13

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 03:13
You would be able to gather wood within the first 200km of the track. The vegetation thins out after that and it maybe harder to find.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 03:30

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 03:30
From Alice to approx Mt Doreen there is plenty of firewood and opportunities to collect same. Ya gotta love mulga!'

Next worthwhile location with timber for fires, from recall, is the Tanami Downs intersection near the abandoned Rabbit Flat. Again, mulga.

The vast shrub land of the central sections of the Tanami Rd has extremely few trees which will surrender firewood.

It's interesting that black Gidgee and cork wood never seem to have branches to burn.

Then it's a sparse run to Sturt Creek; the last leg of the road into Halls Creeek, from Sturt Creek, has many timbered areas.

So, depending on where you stop and the distances between, you may not have to carry any at all.
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 10:40

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 10:40
Thanks Rick for the info. Carrying a box of wood is no biggy and now I know to collect in advance is helpful. That's one advantage of the full length rack on my Troopy there's usually plenty of space for firewood collection.


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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 14:50

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 14:50
Are you towing a caravan?

Does it have a timber frame?

If you answer yes to both those questions, by the time you get half way along the Tanami you will have plenty of firewood.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 15:01

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 15:01
Nope freezing my but off in a tent. But the Troopy has a big roof rack.

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Reply By: Member - Robyn R4 - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 19:42

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 19:42
Loved the Tanami.
Particularly enjoyed the NT end...not so much the WA end.
I was fascinated with the ruins of occasional buildings and wondered the history behind them...did they have to abandon their dreams or did they find success and build grander buildings that I can't see over the next hill?
We were on our way to the Kimberley and came across the Plenty Highway from western Qld, up the Tanami, around the Gibb and back through to western Qld via the Savannah. We didn't do the other road you enquired about....but "there's always next time" as they say, eh?!
I was waiting for a comment re being a chick and all and having to head bush!
Yep, there's just enough of a rise (watch where you squat because the grasses are typically VERY spiky!!) and you can see the dust cloud announcing oncoming vehicles a long time before they arrive!
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 19:56

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 19:56
My wife knows the feeling and also a sever attack by March flies at the most inappropriate time when tender flesh is exposed.

Getting caught short and being caught out could be a rather amusing topic to raise? LOL

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Reply By: Member - Robyn R4 - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 20:36

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 20:36
Aw, Dunc!
Geez!
You blokes always think it's so funny that woman can't just turn their back and answer the call like men do! Were you helping her with the march flies or were you laughing too much to be of any help?!
I reckon my hubby would be laughing too much and I hope I don't ever have to prove myself right. I don't recall ever being confronted by anything other than my imagination...
I once had to sneak behind the car at Innamincka one night and he still accuses me of christening his tyres and marking my territory!

To any man out there (in EO land) who has a woman who lowers herself (pardon the pun!!) to answer the call in the wild...aren't you lucky you have such a great woman?!

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 21:23

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 21:23
LOL no I got the job of standing behind her waving may arms backwards and forwards like a fan. She didn't get stung but I did.

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Follow Up By: Member - silkwood - Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 14:42

Reply By: birdnerd - Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 19:54

Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 19:54
Hi Dunc, remember to check any wood collected for little critters that may be taking shelter in there, lizards etc. Sorry, no pee stories!
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 22:21

Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 22:21
On to that one Amanda

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