Update on Cattlewater Pass

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 10:11
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We are planning a trip to the centre from Bris in July/Aug. We will be traveling in a 2002 Jackaroo with a 4x4 camper trailer. We note indications that the Cattlewater pass is not suitable for trailers. Has any body recently tried the above with a trailer in tow? We have traveled on both sand (beach) & 4wd terrain with trailer in tow.

Any feedback most appreciated.

Regards.
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Reply By: lobinbundy - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 13:52

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 13:52
Wim Hi,

We travelled it in Sept 01 with a Defender towing a Camp/o/matic without any problems. The track is narrow and rough in parts with one short sharp hill. The day we travelled it we did not see another vehicle and there was no recent tyre tracks so I don't imagine it would see much traffic. It is however very secnic and well worth doing.

Brutus.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 14:02

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 14:02
Thanks for the heads up. Nice to see I may have found somewhere a little quieter. Bit concerned with reports of large crowds at most of the places we wish to visit.
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Reply By: RussellV - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 17:08

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 17:08
Hi Wim

I'm interested in Cattlewater pass. Can you please fill us in as to where it is/where it goes to/Map references etc. Quality isolated camping is becoming hard to find!

Thanks

Russ
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim - Friday, Apr 18, 2003 at 08:35

Friday, Apr 18, 2003 at 08:35
Russ.

Turn off from the Plenty Hwy. 23deg 00.900 S 134deg 29.123E.
Actual pass location. 23deg 11.571 S 134deg 35.598 E.
Arltunga Reserve. 23deg 27.330 S 134deg 41.929 E.
Then onto Ruby Gap, Ross River, Trephina gorge & N"Dhala gorge.


Regards

Wim
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Reply By: Tony James - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 20:46

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 20:46
Hi Wim. We towed a camper trailer over Cattlewater pass in July 2000. Not recent I know but wouldn't have changed that much. Took a bit longer than I thought it would, but very do-able. Camped at Ruby Gorge for 3 nights. Wonderfully peaceful there. Thought we were alone but we were not. Ruby Gorge is so big the people just disappear.

When you reach the end of the track there is a wide dry sandy river bed to cross. This was a bit soft when we were there but I didn't reduce tire pressure and still made it across to a lovely camp site on the oposite bank. When you hit the river bed, turn 30 degrees left, about 300 metres theres's a grass covered embankment perfect for a camp site under (near) some river gums just in front of a brilliant red cliff face. This changes colour as the sun moves across the sky.

When we were there, there were a pair of budgies nesting in hollows of a broken branch of one of these trees. Randy little devils provided us with hours of entertainment morning and evenings.

We plan to return to that spot soon.

Happy travelling.

P.S. There is a sign just at the beginning of Cattlewater Pass track (off the Donohue Hwy) that indicates some sections are for extreme 4wd. This section when we were there is right at the end of the track (way up the gorge past the best camping spots) where we walked anyway. I don't think anything woud have got through that section anyway. It was only about 300 metres of bolders along the dry river bed. Don't be put off - the East McDonalds is every bit, if not more, as good as the West.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Friday, Apr 18, 2003 at 07:53

Friday, Apr 18, 2003 at 07:53
Tony,

You have me confused. Where is the Donoghue Highway?

Cattlewater Pass lies between Claraville Station(north of Arltunga) and the Plenty Highway. The track is very much 2wd for a high clearance vehicle.

Yes, the last bit into Glen Annie Gorge, east of Ruby Gorge is very rough. I got hung up there with all four wheels off the ground. Had to fit a chain around another boulder and winch the old Tojo off. We camped right at the waters edge at Glen Annie. Very tranquil and peacefulCheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: GOB vic - Friday, Apr 18, 2003 at 12:54

Friday, Apr 18, 2003 at 12:54
willem donohue hwy is qland end of plentyhwyand i believe a good 4x4 track it takes you into boulia89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Follow Up By: Tony James - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 15:57

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 15:57
Willem,

You're right, sorry. The "highway" is called the Plenty in NT and the Donohue when it crosses the Qld/NT border into Qld. Sorry to confuse you.
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Reply By: Zita - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:03

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:03
Should be no problem with a camper. Only problem we had in 2002 was a fossicker with a generator about 8 k's from the plenty. though we were alone for a while.
Don't be put off by the sand in the creek at ruby gap. Lower the tyre pressure and drive up to the end of the recommended driving track and there are some great camp sites. We had the wallabies for company only when we were there.
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Reply By: Zita - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:04

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:04
Should be no problem with a camper. Only problem we had in 2002 was a fossicker with a generator about 8 k's from the plenty. though we were alone for a while.
Don't be put off by the sand in the creek at ruby gap. Lower the tyre pressure and drive up to the end of the recommended driving track and there are some great camp sites. We had the wallabies for company only when we were there.
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Reply By: Patsy - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 19:47

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 19:47
We travelled it in April 2001 with a 1988 flat tray Nissan Patrol with very heavy slide on camper. We only put our vehicle in 4wd once for safety when driving down a steepish incline. Although we did take is easy - 4hrs from Plenty Highway to Altunga (53kms).
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