camping on tanami

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 08:39
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We've got 100 days to go (but who's counting!) until we head off on six weeks travel up to the Kimberley. I was wondering if anyone could give me some ideas for where would be good overnight camp along the Tanami track?
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 08:51

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 08:51
Vivien,

There are some camp sites along the track, but they seem to be in the wrong place. Too close to Alice or too far.

Rabbit Flat is about the right spot, but we tend to have a bush camp about 15klm short of RF.

The problem with the Tanami that there are not a lot of places that are off the road that don't belong to mining company's or locals and are out of site.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:18

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:18
Thanks Wayne,

I've been reading trek notes with "possible camp sites" but they all seem to be once you cross the WA border.

We are hoping to put in a long day's driving that day but not sure how far ..depends on the road and what we find to stop to look at.

Vivien
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Reply By: AdlelaideGeorge - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 08:58

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 08:58
I camped going and coming on the Track last July. We found a place by watching for indistinct tracks off the Road into the scrub. We camped at the same location in both directions - I don't have the GPS location - I didn't own one then but it was off the the south and within site of a Telsta tower on the northern side of the road - just west of Rabbit Flat. I think just about anywhere would be good but make sure you 'hide' and your lights etc cannot be seen from the road. (I have no fear whatever of indigenous people - only the immigrant maniacs that abound in Australia).
The place we found had had a small round pellets of some kind on the ground - very like the earth on Kangaroo island. I'm no geologist but it looks as if it contains some mineral or another - good to camp on though.
[I should say I doubt if ad hoc camping is 'legal' in the trespass sense - I don't know who 'owns' the land for a kilometer etheir side of the road. It may be legally irrelevant - if you are a bona fide traveller and if you or one of your party are feeling tired (or are actually ill) you may have a common law 'right' to stop and ensure your (and yours) safety by pulling off the road if the land is unfenced - it is unfenced along the Tanami].
Enjoy
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:03

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:03
Pellets...... probably bauxite?

There is some open ground at the NT/WEA border for as camp.

Not sure if Rabbit Flat still has campsites. The owner changes his mind about things quite often...lol
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Follow Up By: rainer - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 00:51

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 00:51
No need to insult immigrants.
Where do you live? Adlelaide ? Interesting spelling!!!!
R. Lohmann
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Reply By: JJ - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 13:08

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 13:08
vivien,
Click on 'Trip Planning' (below Home at top of page); scroll down & click on Travel Journal and find Exploroz Team's journal on the Tanami. Excellent read.
Save on desktop or Print for future referance.
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:19

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:19
Thank's JJ...

Vivien
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 14:02

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 14:02
Best camp spot is over the back of a hill not far past the Granites. You can't camp anywhere near the granites, but when heading north, just past the Granites there is a small hill with a cairn on top. Drive over the hill to a cleared area on the other side. Watch the distant light trails of multi-trailered trucks on the haul road at night.
Best spot on the Tanami road.

Dave O
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 14:08

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 14:08
G'day David,

Think I took a photo from that very spot.



Kind regards
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:07

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:07
Could be, looks the same. That pic is looking towards the Tanami road, correct?
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:10

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:10
Yep, standing on the knoll with the vehicle just turning off the Tanami. Looked like people camped behind the knoll and the track sort off went in a circle back to the road.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:34

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:34
yep, thats the place

:-)
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:24

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:24
David & Beatit...

Sounds and looks like it would be a top spot to camp. Thank you all for your help.
We'll be heading up there about the first week in August. We're heading from Victoria up to the Oodnadatta track and Dalhousie, then to Uluru and Kings Canyon...into Alice and up the Tanami. Looking forward to getting up to the Kimberley and taking our time exploring.

Thanks everyone for the info.

Vivien
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Follow Up By: Harry - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 21:55

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 21:55
G'daye David,
I've camped at Renahans bore and it was ok, but could you give me GPS on that hill just out of the Granites or is it fairly obvious from your descript.
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 06:06

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 06:06
I am away in western QLD, as soon as I get home, I will see if I have the coordinates. It is pretty obvious from the description though.

Heading north, go past the Granites not sure how far, maybe a couple of minutes driving. You will see a hill on the left. It is unmistakeable because it has a rock cairn on top. A track goes left of the hill, and another goes up to the cairn and loops back to the road. The track in is not well defined, you may drive past it, but you shouldn't miss the hill.

David
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Reply By: Member - Fred - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:15

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 18:15
Sturt Creek has great camping spots
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Reply By: Pyalong - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 21:18

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 21:18
About 45kms Shy of the WA border on the south side of the road....see small but well defined track heading south....about a km or 2 down there you will see evidence of others camping there (including myself twice)....and enough firewood for tea/night....worth checking other tracks as you get near camping time I suppose too....Have Fun!!!!

Cheers
Mick.
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Follow Up By: Harry - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 22:00

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 22:00
G'daye Willem,
Big John aint too happy about not going to the centre with you, did you get them permits sorted or are they still grieving you.
So how many sandunes do you contemplate crossing ?
How many days to the Centre
How many days back out ?
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:39

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:39
BEWARE THE FLIES AND THE TYRE PUNCTURING STICK. Camped just past the Granites about 10 years ago. Wife and daughter retreated to the tent as soon as it was half up, while son and I wore onion bags to keep the flies back until sundown. Punctured two tyres in about 20 meters. Just little sticks! We had to bash a line flat before we could leave in the morning.

Magnificent at sunset tho!
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 16:00

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 16:00
Vivien,

Member message EO member - BigKidz and ask them to tell you where the gravel pit was that they camped in last year. Tell 'em I sent you LOL!

:o))) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 18:43

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 18:43
Melissa,

Ok...sounds like an in joke!! Will tell him that you sent me and see what reaction that gets!!

Vivien

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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:07

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:07
Who's this Melissa gal anyway - giving out my secret dustbowl locations!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 10:58

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 10:58
Oops sorry Andrew! I forgot it was one of your super secret "too good to share" spots ;-))).

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Harry - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 21:08

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 21:08
David,
Yep know it, now you mentioned the rock cairn. Was pretty windy when we went up to bo-peep.
Us surveyors can't resist a cairn on top of any hill, especially Cannings on the CSR.
Thanks.
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