Gunbarrel Highway in December

Submitted: Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 23:54
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Just looking for some advice from you more experienced travellers. We have European friends who are planning a trip along the Gunbarrel Highway and Sandy Blight Junction Rd late Dec and early Jan. They have travelled in Aust by 4WD many times and have done other similiar trips usually in August. They are no strangers to our deserts. They know it will be hot. Should they go at this time? They are obviously working around the holidays they can get. Apart from the heat is there anything else they should be concerned with? Would the road be in reasonable condition? Is the Wet season a concern at this time? Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 00:50

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 00:50
G'day,
at that time of the year they will have to be fully selfsufficient and best not travel solo.
Any problems and they could be sitting out there for the rest of their holidays.
Those two tracks are always rough.
It's possible but not all that common for it to be wet then, but storms are always on the cards.
Traveling in the deserts during Dec. is very different than during August !!!
Try to convince your friends not to do it unless there is a second vehicle going with them.
Cheers,
Mike
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 08:09

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 08:09
Agree.

You also have to realise that ground surface temperatures may be up around 70C and will be very taxing on the vehicle(s). Any kind of malfunction and your friends will be in real trouble. The temperatures at night will also not drop below 30C and it would be very uncomforatble for sleeping. There will also be no one else out there and should your friends need any kind of assistance it would cost them dearly. NOT A GOOD IDEA!

Nice pic of Savory Creek, Mike
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 21:50

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 21:50
I agree with the other replies. Tell them not to do it. Too hot, too rough, too stupid!! Some poor rescue group may have to go looking for them.
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Reply By: Sophie - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 07:31

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 07:31
Thanks - I will pass on the advice.
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