Road conditions Gary Junction road.

Submitted: Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 12:08
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We are looking into driving to Alice from Newman via Marble Bar and Gary Junction Road. We are towing a 20ft off road caravan with a Ford Ranger. We have travelled the Gunbarrel and Canning (vehicle only!) in the past, so are not totally inexperienced. However, we do not wish to get into strife with a van.
Has anyone traveled this track recently that can give updated info on the condition?
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 16:01

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 16:01
We did that route in the reverse direction (from Alice) this time last year, current model BT50s towing Kimberley Karavans. It was fine then - just some rough patches. If you've done the Gunbarrel you know what to expect. Drive to conditions and you'll be ok.
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Follow Up By: Member - Archer B1 - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 20:07

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 20:07
Thanks for that Frank. Reassuring to know not too dramatic. Not as rough as Gunbarrel hopefully.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 17:15

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 17:15
We have driven it a couple of times, the most recent in 2008 towing a boat.
It is an easy drive and a much, much better road than the Gunbarrel.
Good scenery, friendly communities and plenty of fuel.
You will not be alone with a caravan out there these days.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Archer B1 - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 20:12

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 20:12
Thanks Peter. So hopefully no sand dunes!
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 21:00

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 21:00
No sand dunes. :)
Sandiest bit I recall was a couple of km like this in 2008. Won't give you any grief.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Archer B1 - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 21:09

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 21:09
Thanks Peter looks great.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 21:38

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 21:38
We had a couple of laps on Gary Junction in June, 2018.

Came up Gary Highway to Gary Junction & overnighted at Well 33, before fuelling up at Kunawaritji, and travelling west to Telfer Mine, then down to Desert Queen Baths. Later in that month, we were heading east from Marble Bar via Carrawine Gorge & Running Waters, camped at 33 again, refuelled again at the community, and travelled through to Sandy Blight Junction where we headed south. Had dinner at Jupiter Well, then camped near Mt Webb.

Road conditions varied from excellent past Jupiter Well, soft sandy sections further East and rougher sections back near Telfer, all mixed in with occasional corrugated sections. We saw a number of vans through our journey on the road, & not all of them motoring sedately. It’s a top drive, with lots to see & emphasises how big WA is!

Was going to post a couple of photos but somewhere in the system is working union hours?

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Follow Up By: Member - Archer B1 - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:07

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:07
Thanks Bob. Yes know well 33, spent 2 nights there three years ago when doing the Canning. Had a bit of trouble with a rear spring needed fixing which Albi at Kunawaritji fixed for us. That year we traveled down the Sandy Blight, onto the Abandoned section of the Gunbarrel, then the Gunbarrel and onto the Canning. We left the Canning half way to poke our noses into Karijini and then into Rudal on our way back to the Canning. Thought Rudal stunning, also walked up to top pool at Desert Queen Baths which was a special day. The trip eventually ended with 10 days on Fraser Island.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:27

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:27
Kunawaritji would be the most expensive fuel of any of the communities on the GJR.
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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Archer B1 - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:32

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:32
Thanks Peter. Yes they know how to charge there. Wanted $100 for a bolt 3 years ago.
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Reply By: My Aussie Travel Guide - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:04

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:04
We travelled this way only in the past couple of weeks and the road was in pretty good nick. There was a grader doing a bit of work along the western end and while the road wasn’t busy, we saw a couple of caravans heading west while we were heading east. There’s also a couple of sandy sections but nothing too serious.
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Follow Up By: Member - Archer B1 - Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:14

Friday, Jul 05, 2019 at 22:14
That’s great to hear ATG. That is up to date enough for me, consider it locked in!
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 at 16:07

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 at 16:07
Drove from the Alice end as far as Sandy Blight Junction Rd last Tuesday and it was heavily corrugated. Very glad we weren't towing. Very little traffic.

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