Plenty Hwy & Tanami Road

Submitted: Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 17:49
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Has anyone traveled along the Plenty Hwy and the Tanami road in the last few week's what are the road's like, we are leaving brisbane around 15 may for the plenty and heading for Hall's Creek.

Thanks Kevin.
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Reply By: boggedathome - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 21:41

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 21:41

We came down the Tanami from Halls Creek to Alice about 2 weeks ago.

Road conditions are quite variable. The section from Alice to Tilmouth Well is easy BUT watch out for the road trains servicing the Granites. From Tilmouth to Rabbit Flat, badly corregated in places with some sand patches and the odd stretch of bitumen, one of which was 10k long.

Some good sections exist north of Rabbit Flat to the WA / NT Border however as you get closer to the border the road narrows and becomes real drama though. WA side of the border, patches of bad corregations but the road gets better as you approach the Wolfe Creek Crater turnoff. Between the turnoff and the Great Northern Highway its in very good condition but watch out for the dips at creeklines. As far as camping goes not much is available along the track. We stayed at Rabbit Flat (bush camping) which was quite OK. I have also put a bit more info on Trek Notes for the Tanami.

Cheers and enjoy !!
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Reply By: Member - Kevin - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 21:51

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 21:51
Thanks for info boggedathome,

Was wondering what your thoughts are on towing an offroad Goldstream camper trailer along the track, is it possible and do you think it will slow us down much. Also how long did it take you?
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Follow Up By: boggedathome - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 22:15

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 22:15

It was very quiet out on the Tanami when we came through...however we did see a couple of people towing campertrailers and were travelling along well. We don't have a trailer but provided yours has the equivalent of heavy duty / off road specs I can't see you would have any problem. We had planned to do it in 3 days but ended up doing it comfortably in 2 days.


Brendan and Jill
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 21:48

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 21:48
We travelled the Plenty a week ago (last Tuesday). Sections are pretty rough, esp the the Donohue near Tobermorey. The hard embedded rocks of the Plenty tend to shred tyres if you travel fast. We sat on 80 comfortably but you could go faster. Oncoming vehicles tended not to slow down and we were showered with rocks several times. We turned north at the Bundy Hwy to cut through to the Sandover Hwy, so missed the the most westerley section.
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