Central Arnhem Road

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 at 18:48
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Can anybody shed a little light on 2 questions please?
1. Has the Central Arnhem Road (general conditions) changed for the worse since the mine at Nhulunbuy somewhat closed down?
2. Is the bridge over the Goyder River as good as it seems on you tube?
3. I see the council has relaxed on the caravan rules.
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 at 20:43

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017 at 20:43
This is still on the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation's web site:

Please note that the Central Arnhem Road is NOT recommended for caravans (sturdy off-road camper trailers only). The Northern Land Council will NOT approve a permit to tow a caravan into East Arnhem Land and Dhimurru will NOT issue a Visitor Recreation Permit to anyone with a caravan.

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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 08:59

Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 08:59
Road conditions change all the time, like most remote dirt roads. Depends on truck traffic, wet season and when/if the graders operate. You will not get a permit to take a van as far as I know. The road, if corrugated, would wreck it anyway. Vans are not allowed because of the possibility of them becoming homes for itinerants/long grassers and visiting families. Bridge over Goyder is supposed to be excellent according to locals. I moved out of Gove just before the bridge was built. Any issues I am sure Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
Aboriginal and torres strait islander organisation in Nhulunbuy, Australia will help.

Address: 11 Arnhem Rd, Nhulunbuy NT 0880
Hours: Open 9:30am–1pm Mon-Friday
Phone: (08) 8939 2700
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 10:53

Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 10:53
We flew in to Gove 2 days ago. There are a couple of campers here with Tvans - they said the road in was reasonable good - just a couple of rough sections. They had a big wet this year so road only opened a couple of weeks ago. B doubles are able to use it now. Haven't seen any caravans here.
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Follow Up By: Been-Everywhereman - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 11:02

Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 11:02
Thank you Phil for an excellent answer.
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Reply By: Been-Everywhereman - Friday, Jun 09, 2017 at 23:35

Friday, Jun 09, 2017 at 23:35
Alrighty. I rang Northern Land Council at Nhulunbuy and also lodged a permit application stating I am towing in a large-ish caravan and within just 1 day a permit giving us permission has arrived in my email.
Dhimurru said they couldn't care less either as long as we don't try and take it to any of their quiet camp spots.
All booked and looking forward to it.
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