mitchel falls kimberleys

Submitted: Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:47
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I want to tow an off road caravan (bushtracker) to mitchel falls and port warrenderi last went there in 1996 and i was wondering how narrow the track is and the condition it is in now
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:49

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:49
Not advisable to tow a caravan to Mitchell Falls.
The track is too norrow on the Mitchell Plateau, particularly when you turn off the Mitchell Plateau track, near the airstrip, towards the falls car park. It would be dangerous to you and oncomming cars. You may also have problems on some of the boggy patches.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:30

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:30
Take the caravan as far as Drysdale River Station and leave it there. Use your camping gear to get to the falls
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:38

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:38
You need to get a copy of the Kedron Caravans video 'Journey to the Kimberley'. It would certainly dissuade you from driving the road to Mitchell Plateau let alone tow a caravan.

Their off-road flagship has all sorts of internal and external damage including the rear bumper breaking off and loosing both of their spares.

When we travel to the Kimberly I think we will save money on vehicle damage/repairs and put it towards a helicopter flight there.

www.kedroncaravans.com

Wizard
Prado TD
Gold Coast

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Reply By: Dazmit - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 10:24

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 10:24
Hi

The actual caravan in that Kedron video was a Gazal as they only started their own brand in 2000.

I believe Brian from the Bushtracker forum was there last year & left their van at King Edward river and just drove the vehicle into Mitchell falls. Might be the safest option from what I've heard from others.

Cheers

Darryl
Kedron XC
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:30

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:30
Unless the road has changed since 03 I cant see you would have any worries especialy if those bt are as good as they say. I have seen camper trailers and soft roaders as well as campervans with the only damage to a road tyre that clipped a branch due to dust obscuring vision
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Reply By: figtree - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 12:26

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 12:26
We just returned from Kimberley, been to Mitchell Falls some 4 weeks ago... I would definitely not recommend a caravan there. The road is narrow, quite corrugatted and you have a few creek crossings-one of them was quite deep, pressumably because of muddy bottom that keeps getting deeper. Didn't see any caravan there-for a good reason. A good option would be to leave the caravan at KIng Edward River and drive on to the Falls....

Joseph
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan- Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 14:13

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 14:13
I went only as far as the King Edward River about 3 weeks ago as reports from those comimg back and from scenic flights said there was very little water over the falls.
Stay at Drysdale River as they've got a good bar and the ablutions are very good. You can leave the van there at no cost as well.
When I was there a couple of camper trailers were parked up so I suspect that was what they'd done as well.
Some good paintings by the King Edward River crossing and it's a very pleasant spot to while away a couple of hours with a little refreshment.
Have a good trip.
Alan H.

PS.Check out the burnt out wreck of the Navara and camper on the road before Drysdale Station. I'll try and post some pics.
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Follow Up By: jfr - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:34

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:34
fig tree
thanks for the info I will leave the van at king edward how about the road to kalumbaru is it ok does the helicopter still operate from the falls or drysdale station
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Follow Up By: figtree - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 12:44

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 12:44
The KAlumburu road was quite corrugated between the turn-off to Mitchel Falls and Kalumburu, however, this was probably fixed in the meantime.

Helicopters do operate from the campsite at Mitchell FAlls.
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:21

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:21
Darryl
Can confirm that Brian did not take the BT to the Falls - he stayed with us for a time in Broome subsequently and told us of his experiences.

As a local I would seriously not take anything bigger than a really competent camper trailer - and that includes my OKA.
Collyn Rivers
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:22

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:22
has this track changed significantly since 03?? Where as it was just a typical lightweight 4by track with mediem corregations and a 700mm crossing easily passable with soft roaders, campervans and campertrailers it now sounds like torture track from hell has it changed?
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Follow Up By: figtree - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 12:53

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 12:53
I don't know what it looked like in 2003, but this year this track was full of FAST moving 4WD (usually rented troopies). It would be very dangerous to get there with a caravan-the road is full of drivers inexperienced for this kind of tracks.

The track itself is not too bad for proper 4WD vechicles, but would imagine problems with caravans - I remember one river crossing being a bit awkward (water coming over the top of the wheels and steep exit angle). Because of heavy traffic, there would be difficulties making room to oncoming vechicles if towing a caravan... especially if they are coming fast from around the corner...
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