MITCHELL PLATEAU .WA

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 22:58
ThreadID: 134055 Views:2782 Replies:8 FollowUps:4
This Thread has been Archived
HAS ANYONE TOWED A LARGE OFF ROAD VAN INTO THE MITCHELL FALL AREA IN WA.IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 23:20

Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 23:20
The short answer GG is if they did, they shouldn't have :O. Caravans are no longer permitted on the Mitchell Plateau Road past the King Edward River campground, which is an ideal place to stay, and leave caravans for a day trip or overnight tenting at the Falls campground.


Motherhen

Red desert dreaming

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

AnswerID: 607252

Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 23:46

Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 23:46
When I was there in August a lot of people also left vans at Drysdale River. Given the state of the road beyond there I reckon it was a good decison.

Cheers

1
FollowupID: 876964

Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 00:37

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 00:37
Depending on how much rain fall there has been, you may be having a few problems crossing the King Edward river with a caravan.
And as said before, forget about taking the caravan along the Mitchell Falls track.
Best to leave your caravan at either Drysdale River Station or at the Drysdale River camp ground
1
FollowupID: 876965

Reply By: Blown4by - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 00:06

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 00:06
Mate notwithstanding the previous replies, there are some very deep, albeit dry, creek crossings at the Mitchell Falls end. These have very steep approach and departure angles so if your van has any sort of length to it, in all likelihood it would become a sort of permanent 'Bailey Bridge' structure spanning one of these deeper ravines anchored by gravity at either end with the wheels sitting in mid-air. Apart from being rather inconvenient for you it would also block the road.
AnswerID: 607255

Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 00:41

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 00:41
In 2008, a group of caravans went there (oncoming traffic hated them) and a number of them sustained some damage from the deepest of the those dips. Eventually taking caravans was stopped.
Motherhen

Red desert dreaming

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 876966

Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 06:42

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 06:42
In June I spoke with a guy in Kununurra who does RV repairs.

The Gibb alone is enough to cause grief. Shocks, springs, spring hangers, stub axles; structural welds in some cases. And labelling a trailer as offroad isn't enough.
AnswerID: 607259

Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 08:05

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 08:05
We visited the area in August 2013. I realise it is some time ago, however based on comments here it would appear nothing much has changed. It seems that the road is "graded occasionally". You can see the grader, three large tractor tyres, somewhere near the beginning of the road.
Our group towed Tvans and although none suffered structural damage a number of shock absorbers needed replacement when we returned to Drysdale Station.
The road is severely corrugated. People approach it in two opposing ways. The first way is to keep tyres at blacktop pressures and drive like there is no tomorrow. The result is frequently vehicle damage. The alternative is to lower your tyre pressures and drive to the conditions.
Mitchell Plateau is definately worth a visit. Take the helicopter to the falls area in the morning and then take the rest of the day to walk and swim, there are about 4 swimming places, back to the camping area.
As you can gather from all the comments posted here take great care driving the road.
Robert
Landcruiser 200 Altitude Diesel + Tvan Murranji

Member
My Profile  Send Message

AnswerID: 607264

Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 08:48

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 08:48
We saw a couple of mid-sized high quality off-road vans at the Mitchell Falls camp ground when we were there, but the vast majority of (sensible) people choose to leave their vans at either Drysdale Station or King Edward River, both of which are great spots for a bit of R&R.
Wildmax
2018 Hilux pulling AOR Eclipse
Black Wolf 210 tent

Member
My Profile  Send Message

AnswerID: 607266

Reply By: Member - G G 4 7 W A - Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 11:44

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 at 11:44
Thanks all for you replies we are most likely going there at the end of June ,I paid a lot of money for my van so I better look after it and enjoy the caravan life with a little work.
AnswerID: 607274

Follow Up By: Top End Az - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 23:05

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 23:05
I wouldn't take a van as far as Drysdale station unless the road has been freshly graded, let alone Mitchell Falls. That Kalumburu Rd is a shocker. Plenty of damaged vehicles, camper trailers and break downs. Mitchell Falls well worth the expedition and experience, but yeah, wouldn't be taking a new van up there.
0
FollowupID: 877150

Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 07, 2017 at 10:37

Saturday, Jan 07, 2017 at 10:37
Drive carefully and as the locals say " Beware Fritz in Britz"
well worth the trip despite the restrictions.
Ross
AnswerID: 607311

Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 21:43

Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 21:43
Better remove all the pics in Places from our 2010 trip to Mitchell Falls. Our Jayco Dove was legal then but now not so. See here: https://www.exploroz.com/places/14015/wa+mitchell-falls-road--port-warrender-rd
We could debate the merits of camper trailers vs well built vans of similar size which it seems the WA Parks have dismissed. What's going on up there. In 2005 vans were not allowed into the Bungles but in '13 we could. It's giving with one hand and taking with the other. The tracks are equally atrocious.
A bouquet to the forumite whose sage advice we followed on the Mitchell falls track. " Stop every 20 mins to give your passengers a break and your shocks time to cool down. We took 4 hours to do the 80 km with 2.5 hrs driving time at near 30 kmh. Front shocks on Pathy warm, rear hot and van shocks sizzling but survived the trip..... W
Warrie

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

AnswerID: 607372

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)