Old Gunbarrell Highway
Submitted: Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 19:25
Member - Blaze
Has anyone done the Old Gunbarrell from Warburton
? Do you still need permits and what are road conditions
We are doing the Canning in April and just looking for options for way home.
Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 20:08
Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 20:08
Just at the moment filling out a permit application from Ngaanyatjarra council for a different track and in their literature they sent me they have the Old Gunbarrell highway, it states you need a permit and you need at least two vehicles and no more than five vehicles plus a few other conditions.
You can get the permit application on line from Ngaanyatjarra council Alice Springs
. Phone no. is (08) 89501711, I found the girls there quite helpful.
Hope that helps
Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 22:53
Sunday, Jan 08, 2017 at 22:53
Last time we drove the Gunbarrell (a while ago now) there was no need for a permit from Warburton
(may now have changed). When we drove the "Old Gunbarrell" which heads East from Jacky's Corner we did need a permit and had to meet the conditions as mentioned by Graham above.
Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 07:39
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 07:39
Permits have been in place for a very long time for travel through any roads in that area that are in Abotiginal Lands.
The Gunbarrel and the Old Gunbarrel are two different roads and many people think they are the same.
Reply By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 09:55
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 09:55
travelled the Gunbarrel from Warburton
last year. Intention was Great Central Road
to Tjukayirla, then up David Carnegie
to the Gunbarrel, up Gary Highway to Talawana Track and into Rudall River
NP. As previously mentioned, there are conditions for travelling to 'Old Gunbarrel' but these do not apply to the 'Gunbarrel'.
On reaching Tjukayirla we were advised that the David Carnegie
was impassable due to the heavy rains. We proceeded on to Warburton
for fuel and then backtracked to the Heather Highway
to pick up the end of the Gunbarrel. When we found the turnoff to the Gary Highway we decided that it was impassable and proceeded along the Gunbarrel to Wiluna
. The track was barely visible in places
due to the amount of water laying great sheets. After some fairly challenging incidents, we made it to Wiluna
. We were two vehicles, one diesel 105 Landcruiser and one 80 series petrol both towing camper trailers. I've travelled the Gunbarrel in the dry and found it to be quite an easy run. Speeds may average 20kph so allow enough time.
p.s. we made Rudall River
eventually via Newman
Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 11:06
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 11:06
Here is the map for permits
Note that the section between Mt Samuel and Jackie Junction
If you head east of Warburton
, note that the permit map shows that you should turn north of the Great Central Rd to continue up to Jackie Junction
. This is wrong and pretty much a dead end. We could not get through that way and it looks like private property.
Continue 25km NE out of Warburton
on the Great Central Rd to Mummine Well, then turn left ( North) this is a good dirt rd. It's marked as Private on Hema Maps
but is right and well travelled.