Walcott Inlet (Derby)

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I am planning a trip to Walcott Inlet for October and was after any information, locations and advice regarding travelling to this area so late in the season.
All information is appreciated.

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Reply By: nick riviera - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 13:27

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 13:27
yep it will be hot :)
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Reply By: joc45 - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 14:05

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 14:05
Keith, This is a fabulous trip, a must-do for the Kimberleys.
Been there during a Sept, was ok. Just hope you don't get rains in Oct - getting back across the Calder River could then be tricky! In fact quite a few black soil patches at various places all the way from Mt Elizabeth station or Charnley River Station (aka Beverly Springs) which could get quite sticky in the wet.
Been a while since we were there, but I recall the track at the lower reaches of the Calder was pretty rough. The other jumpups on the way in are pretty rough in places, and you'll need a fair bit of clearance.
Camping: Not much shade down at the Walcott for camping, unless you call boabs at Lone Dingo shade, and no fresh water. We made base about 10km back from Walcott on the Brockman river, and had a reasonable source of fresh water there, plus shade. Good camping at Bachsten creek, and if you're not in a hurry, try anywhere in between Mount Elizabeth or Charnley Riv and Bachsten, tho from either takes a day's drive to Bachsten. Wouldn't recommend a trailer as they'll get trashed on the jumpups. A lot of this area is croc country, so watch out. Work out your fuel requirements - we got about 18mpg in a GQ diesel, and 10mpg in a petrol 60-series Tojo, in pretty slow going.
Mt Elizabeth station has a lot of info on getting there, and charge a fee for access. A phone call to either them or Charnely River Station would bring you up to date.
Cheers, Gerry
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