Gary Junction Road Condition Report

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 18:19
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We have just arrived in Alice Springs after completing a crossing on the Gary Junction Road (GJR), from West to East. We enjoyed superb weather and pretty good road conditions. The road just after the turnoff from the Marble Bar-Nullagine Woody Woody road was rocky and we had a badly damaged tyre from a sharp rock; this was only 10 minutes after a tyre check so it must have happened very quickly. No other hassles mechanically or any other punctures. (That was our first puncture in years of travel).

Up until Kunawarritji the road was wide and in great condition, but narrowed after that community.

After the NT border the road was much smoother and again wider, due to increased traffic between the communities at that end no doubt, and due to being recently graded.

The stores had a good selection of foodstuffs, if somewhat expensive but you expect that. I bought frozen croissants at Kunawarritji! Made a delicious breakfast. Fuel was readily available. Punmu was the cheapest at $3 a litre.

The pick of the camps is of course Jupiter Well. This is a lovely spot and we spent several days there.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 23:38

Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at 23:38
We might have seen you - we travelled it in the same direction a week ago. Camped one night at Jupiter Well - two Tvans and an Ultimate camped over the first dune. Road was in excellent nick. We refuelled at Punmu and then last monday morning at Papunya ($2.00 a litre). Skipped Alice Springs - came home via Haasts Bluff and Owen Springs.
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Follow Up By: ChrisVal7 - Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 21:20

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 21:20
Yes, we saw you! We were camped down nearer the hand pump, in a golden Landcruiser and Kedron caravan. Isn't that such a nice camp,site?

We also came via Haasts Bluff and the West MacDonnells. Still in Alice Sori HS now, getting ready to travel on the Plenty/ Donohue Highway to Boulia.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 08:52

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 08:52
Yep saw you there! We had the section over the back all to ourselves which was very nice. Came in at lunchtime and stayed the night. I love camping with the desert oaks.
Enjoy your trips east
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 06:54

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 06:54
Thanks for that report. We are camped near Mount Wedge north of Papunya and heading west to Kiwirrkurra today. Can't believe we have one bar of 3G out here about 50kms from nearest community!
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Follow Up By: ChrisVal7 - Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 21:23

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 21:23
By now you will definitely be out of range! When we pulled into Papunya I had the Internet on and checking emails even before we pulled up for fuel!
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