Gibb River Road....water crossings?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 13:07
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Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect in terms of water crossings on GRR in August? Is a snorkel advisable? Thanks in advance......
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 13:31

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 13:31
Dont recall crossing any water oh GRR..that was last year...and havn't a snorkel and never need one either !
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Reply By: maroni - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 15:11

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 15:11
From memory only river crossing is the Penecost and that shouldn't be a problem i am sure other wise the roads would be closed..
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Reply By: Steve63 - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 15:18

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 15:18
Anything could go this year. We normally go in May (this year it would have been closed still) and there can be a lot of water. Who knows what it will be like in August. I've seen plenty of pictures of the Pentacost with no water. It had 700mm when we crossed it a few years ago. Check out the road conditions a few weeks before you go and decide if you need a snorkel then. The Pentacost is currently 450 mm. You need to access the crossing even if you have a snorkel. 250mm and fast flowing on a slippery surface could be just as dangerous as too deep. As we usually travel in April, May June we usually have a back up plan just in case roads are closed or we get to a crossing a decide it is too risky.

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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 16:03

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 16:03
Depending on the Make of your vehicle It mightn't be a bad idea to get a snorkle anyhow. Some of em, Nissan, is one suck the air from under the front wheel arch. You can imagine travelling a dusty road, like the Gibb then hitting a bit of a water crossing. Mud in the aircleaner, blocks things something awful.

Just check where your air is drawn from.
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Reply By: Moose - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 16:31

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 16:31
By August you would normally be fine. Check again closer to date. Snorkel? Some swear by them, others like me have never needed one despite crossing plenty of water. If you do need to cross water that may be a problem and you don't have a snorkel you just have to do some preparation. I guess a snorkel makes it easier.
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 20:34

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 20:34
Petrol or Diseaseill ?

What type of vehicle ?

Do you know exactly where your vehicle air intake is ?

Do you know how to disconect your vehicle air intake from air cleaner temp for a quick water crossing ?

I doubt you will have any problem in August anyway.
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Follow Up By: eazy - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 19:27

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 19:27
NM Pajero V6 petrol - air intake located at bonnet height and handily forward facing to ensure that the max volume of water is scooped in if you are driving forwards!! Quick disconnection should not be a big problem.
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Reply By: mickjp - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 22:50

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 22:50
I went through there last year and could have done it in a commodoor. This year is different.Big wet season. Im leaving this thurday for the GRR when i get back i'll let you know on this post. Im in a 96 hilux diesel no snorkel. Ive been through water that was lapping my windscreen. All i done was put a tarp over the bonnet.Make sure you have extended diff breathers or you'll suck in water if your diffs are hot when you enter the water.
The pentecost and durak rivers are about 500mm deep now, not sure how deep the king edward river is on the mitchell plateau. the kalumburu rd from drysdale river station is still closed, so i dont know if i'll be able to go up there this time. last year it was knee deep.
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Reply By: Member - Tony T (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:50

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:50
Thanks for that Mick- I'm leaving for GRR in a week from Melb. have a safe trip.
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Reply By: mickjp - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 12:38

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 12:38
G'day Tony, Well if your leaving in a week you wont see my reply. But in my opion you wont need a snorkel. Just bring a 6x4' tarp and a few bits of rope and you'll be fine. Keep an eye out for a white hilux twin cab with a silver canopy and a white PVC pipe on roof rack. Say hello if you spot me.
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