Gary Highway. Need advise on road conditions

Submitted: Monday, May 13, 2019 at 19:51
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My brother and me will travel the Gary Highway in June 2019. We travel from Alice Springs to Kunawarritji, then down the Gary Highway to Everard Junction, then follow the last bit of the Gunbarrel Highway until we hit the Great Central Road. I'm looking for any information regards Gary Highway. How are the road conditions? Best spots to camp? Anything you are willing to share will be greatly appreciated. We have a lifted IZUZU MUX, good tyres, bulbar and side rails. I have done the Kidson Track (Nyangumarta Highway )a few times, first time 2012 when it was completely overgrown in a fully kitted HILUX. I expect the Gary Highway to be similar, also overgrown and washed out but if someone has any more detailed information it would be greatly appreciated!
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 19:56

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 19:56
Top section isn't to bad the bottom section is fairly tough with a fair bit of erosion and the track is mostly overgrown.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 19:57

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 19:57
We did it in a Dmax towing a trailer. Totally doable but the trees and bushs are close to the track edge but apart from that and the erosion and spinafex it's not to bad
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Follow Up By: STALKER793 - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 20:49

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 20:49
Thank you Ivan. Sounds like I will have a few scratches on my new paint by the sounds of it. Can you recall where the worst of erosions are? Would you share any good campsites? Have you been to Veevers crater?
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:58

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:58
"...but apart from that and the erosion and spinafex it's not to bad"

Is this one of those tracks where vehicle fire is a risk? Due to the grass or other vegetation building up underneath.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 14:48

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 14:48
For what it's worth, my advice regarding spinifex is to take a long piece of wire bent to hook at one end & an 8 litre garden sprayer.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 18:40

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 18:40
We regularly checked but the only problem we had was Spinafex rapt around the centre bearing on the tailshaft. Would blacken it but that was all.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 20:40

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 20:40
That's all it takes, just the next step from black!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 21:53

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 21:53
On the Gary last June, the Ranger & Prado both had issues with spinifex caught underneath, and necessitating removal of some guards to completely clean it out. Near Windy Corner.

Both Landcruisers, a 105 & a 79, rarely had enough to worry about, but were still checked at any stop.

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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 01:35

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 01:35
Thanks, Bob.

From what I've read in these two threads, the Gary Highway may be a bit more "sketchy" than I want to deal with.

Now I'm wondering about the stretch of the Gary Junction Road, between Kiwirrkurra and Jupiter Well?
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 05:31

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 05:31
Here you go, Candace.



Gary Junction road is a real highway, with varying surfaces.

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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:34

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:34
Thanks, Bob!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 21:30

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 21:30
Check out thread 138275 as well. Some comments on the Gary.

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Follow Up By: STALKER793 - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 22:44

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 22:44
Thx Bob. Seen that thread already. It has some valuable information.
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Reply By: STALKER793 - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:44

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:44
Did anyone drive the Gary Highway this year? Recent info on road conditions?
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 22:00

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 22:00
I think some of washouts mentioned above were on the northern side of the Young Range, not far north of Everard Junction. Also some further north, and on the track into Veever’s Crater.

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Follow Up By: STALKER793 - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 00:06

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 00:06
Thank you very much Bob. That's great info.
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