Sandover

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 03:02
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Hi all,

Maybe someone can give me some feedback regarding the Sandover Hwy. I have been looking on Natmap and I believe the shortest distance from Camooweal to the Alice is by this track? I think I'm right in also going via No 12 Kilgour Bore which has a turn off about 40klm's out of Camooweal along the Barkly Hwy. If anyone knows a shorter way with the tracks about the same or no worse than the Tanami please let me know, we intend on doing this about the 20th of April with a boat in tow on an off-road trailer. Also is LPG available at Camooweal, I didn't bother looking last year when we went through as I was driving an oiler at the time.

Any info welcome
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Reply By: JW - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 08:08

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 08:08
Blaze,
From what I have read and heard, the Sandover does not see much traffic and is rougher than the Tanami.
Did you consider Camooweal - Urandangie - Tobermorey and then onto the Plenty?
Just a thought.
THe HEMA map, Outback Qld, does not show a gas symbol for Camooweal but does so for the Isa. Things may have changed though.
Regards
Jon W
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Reply By: JJ - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 09:38

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 09:38
Why from Camooweal, are you coming in from Burketown? No idea of the trak conditions, but for the extra 150odd ks wouldn't it be much safer (and quicker) to follow the tar? specially towing a boat that would probably fall to pieces if there's corrugations.
In 2003 we were advised by a servo in Boulia not to take our Jayco poptop over the Plenty, so would imagine the Sandover conditions to be similar, plus the little used trak from Camooweal could possibly be overgrown. Have you tried RACQ road conditions update?
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Follow Up By: Blaze - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:30

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:30
Tx JJ,

We will be coming down from Lawn Hill, so will probably keep an eye on the weather and ask what the road is like before we leave Lawn Hill.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 09:46

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 09:46
Sandover was not too bad when I travelled there last year. Remote, sandy, quiet, etc, but not tough per se. Normal advice about trailers & vehicles in good nic, drop tyre pressures, travel slowly, etc all applies. Can you repair your own tyres on the roadside, without help?

can't comment on the Tanami - have not been there.

You could go through Qld to & hook up at Lake Nash station, or the way you propose by going west from Camooweal, south to Austral downs, & join the Sandover then.

Cheers
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 10:18

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 10:18
The Quickest and least expensive way for you to travel between 2 points is by Qantas. You can't catch fish anyway so why tow a boat? Oh I forgot, your taking the Yank around for a look at the country side.
Cheers
Des
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Follow Up By: Blaze - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:28

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:28
Now Des, thats not nice. were not driving a Tojo so Qantas isn't the quickest or cheapest, would be if we had one of those big heavy trucks like your's... I guess you have forgotton about next week, she will be an Aussssieee from thursday onward.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 18:11

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 18:11
Noooo how could I forget such a big event. Cant sling off anymore after next week. At least she'll have a piece of paper to prove she's an aussie.
Is your Rig Pick taken in your carpark. It wouldn't take much shovelling to get that mound of dirt.
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Follow Up By: Blaze - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:07

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:07
Nah Des,

It was someones driveway in Berri, near the river. They had 3 allwheel drives in the yard. I guess you need 3 vehicles, to cover all circumstances, Tojo if you want to go up hills, Crewman for a bit of comfort, and the Elaines car when you are short on cash for fuel and can't run the others. ....LOL
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 13:35

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 13:35
If I'm short of cash for fuel, I could always use the crewman, the Toy will cover everything and the suubie so I can travel incognito.
I still think your better off going by qantas
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