Top end in October- November

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00
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Is october and november too late to do the top end? (gibb river road etc)
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Reply By: Coops - Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00
reckon so !
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00
depends on how much you like mud :)

While it's often still dry, I wouldn't reccommend it as there's always the chance of an early wet season.
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Reply By: Willie - Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00
Lived up North for 20 years. It can start raining in September and the whole place is flooded. Then it may dry off for October and November and start raining again in December. Heaviest rain is usually late January, all of February and most of March. October/November are wet seaon build-up months and heat the becomes opressive. No wonder November is known as 'suicide month'. Out of your airconditioned 4x4 you have to find a shady tree. Wear a hat, take plenty of rope for your winch, take the carpets out and open the bungholes in the floor. That way the water drains out quickly. Seriously though, you can still do the Top End in October/November but it WILL be HOT and the humidity WILL be 95% !! Cheers, Willie
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
95% humidity? sounds like a nice change. It's 100% in Far North Queensland now at 8:00 am.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Nigel, I was referring to the real Top End, the Northern Territory and Kimberley. 100% humidity is rain. Queensland always has to go one better,doesn't it? Cheers, Willie
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Reply By: Member - Geoff - Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 31, 2002 at 00:00
Brendan, Hi! We are doing same. No option. Long service locked in etc.Are leaving Central Coast NSW first week Oct. then quickly to Katherine via central Qld. Hope to do some of Kimberlies before wet season then off down WA coast. May cross paths. Sounds like some wet preparation may be in order,but I have feeling in my bones that wet may be late this year like everything else. Take care. Geoff
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Follow Up By: Brendan - Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00
Geoff

Timing cant always be perfect can it! We have to go as well. We are thinking of heading straight to the centre last week of September(because we really want to see that before the heat) and then call it from there. If it is too hot we might retreat south, but otherwise if reports show things are still dry we will push on - we will monitor weather etc and hopefully humidity will be bearable. The only dodgy bit might be a long haul across dirt - such as the gibb river road. We will have to make a decision when we get there because dont want to get stuck half way (i dont know whether that is possible either yet).

Might see each other on the end of a winch in November!

Good luck

Brendan
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Reply By: Rob G - Sunday, Sep 15, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 15, 2002 at 00:00
Last year Main Roads closed the Eastern end of the Gibb River Rd to all traffic from 1st November, even though it was still passable. Call them to check out this year's situation. Alternatively, the folks at Drysdale River station should know.
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Reply By: Coops - Monday, Sep 16, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 16, 2002 at 00:00
Be aware that if it does by chance persist down with rain and you are on Gibb River Rd then you could be locked in there for weeks until rivers are able to be crossed in order to get out.
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