Sunshine Coast via Kimberley -Pilbara-Home Via Nullarbor

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 07:55
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Hi all

Well I am planing a trip ,Starting Mid April ,I will be away for 90 Days ( allowed) .
My trip plan to date is using 52 Days as per the Link details.Pages 1to 3.
I looking for information & suggestions in reference to places I should see ,and is my time frame to short, in travel time & time spent in tour Areas

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Looking for any advise I can get in reference to this trip as I have never travel this area ,have been to all Capital Cities by Plane.
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Reply By: Joondalupgerry - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 08:40

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 08:40
Hi,
you have a nice trip planned. We've just done a fair chunk of it with a SWB GQ Patrol and poptop. I'd include iMataranka. I prefer the National Park tepid creek part to the Mataranka Homestead which is far more commercial and civilised. There is a small motor camp by the national park..it is limited to about campers, I think it's actually called mataranka cabins.
Don't forget Frans Pies ar larrimah if your passing..its an eccentric experience. The Douglas 'hotpools" bushcamp north of Katherine was a pleasant experience. I presume you have Camps 4..if not I can probably give you coordinates.
Must fly..will look at the other two legs of your trip later and comment if I can help.
We bush camped thru most of your proposed trip and found some delightful spots.
Cheers Gerard
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 08:44

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 08:44
Thanks for your comments,I will be bush camping all the time , & any coordinates would be most appreciated
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Reply By: Member - John Q (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 12:50

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 12:50
I intend to spend 6 months on the road (Brissie - Perth - Brissie) & one option I had looked at was Mt Isa - Barkley Homestead - Cape Crawford (have a look around Borroloola etc) then to Daly Waters.

Apart from that you are covering some interesting territory.

John
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 16:04

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 16:04
Hi John
Thanks for your comments
I shall add these places to my Trip,

Regards

Colin
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Reply By: SKP - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 13:33

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 13:33
Wondering why you are not doing the full length of the Gibb River Road, much nicer (and shorter) than Halls Ck and Fitzroy Crossing
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 16:07

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 16:07
Hi Skp
I shall add the Gibbs river Road, to the trip ,as I have retired & time I have, & I want to see as much as I can,

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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 14:14

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 14:14
While you are at Newman it would be worth while visiting Karajini NP, you would not be changing your otinerary by much
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 16:10

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 16:10
Hi Bentaxle.
I will add this area for sure ,I don't want to miss any thing that you all recommend to me,

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Colin
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 17:12

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 17:12
Hi CLC50

While Karajini is high on the must see list, a loop to the Chichester-Millstream NP (two very different adjacent parks) would come next on my list of things to see in the area.

If you are retired and can your time is flexible, don't have a tight plan, but follow what you like as you get there, and talk to others along the way - the best way to find special spots the brochures won't tell you about.

Although the Ningaloo Coast (from Exmouth) is must not miss, i find the inland route generally more scenic than the flatter coastal route.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bentaxle - Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:52

Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:52
I'd have to agree with you Motherhen on that
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil M (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 12:43

Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 12:43
Hi CLC 50,

While your in the Pilbara, between Karajini & Millstream Chichester, take the private railway road from Tom Price. This is scenic & usually much better maintained than the regular road. You need to attend a safety video at Tom Price visiters centre before getting your permit.

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Reply By: Grungle - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 17:02

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2008 at 17:02
Why not travel North to Normanton and do the Gulf through to Borroloola and Katherine instead of heading West? Nicer trip in my opinion.

Coburg Peninsular and Litchfield NP near Darwin are a must but booking essential for Coburg (6 months in advance).

I would stick to doing the Gibb River Road instead of the sealed Great Northern H'way to the South (however the Bungles are a must). Dont forget Cape Levique North of Broom.

Millstream and Karijini NP are a must as well.

Should be a great trip in the end.

Regards
David



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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 19:59

Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 19:59
Hi Grungle
Thanks for your comments .
I can assure you all information is great fully received & as you will notice in the follow up to the post by HG I was way out in my trip time , I know have to start a new trip plan if I want to see it all & lower my driving time so I live to tour an other day.

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Reply By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:14

Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:14
I'm wondering if you're trying to do too much in the time available. Depends if you want to drive every day. We took 97 nights to go Melb-Darwin-GGR-Perth-Nullabor-Home. Spent a week holed up in a timeshare at Busselton but also dashed home in less time than we planned due to weather. Many places we went to it would have been nice to stay an extra night (Exmouth, Karajini come to mind).

If you want to see how long we stopped at various spots, have a gander at www.nlandgl.com/roundOz

Cheers, Nige
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 17:15

Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 17:15
Hi HG

I sent this trip as a starter & the more information you all are giving me I think , I will be closer to 6 to 12 months to have a good look not the 3 months I started with,besides I am in no hurry .
I just have to watch father time does not catch up to me.LOL
The cities are out for me I love our open country ,the concrete cities are for the birds ,& for the young to get the funds to enjoy our country later in there live.
I will spend a lot of time looking at your web site & an others I may receive & areas to see.

Regards

Colin
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 19:40

Thursday, Jan 03, 2008 at 19:40
Colin,

6-12mths would be ideal!

if you have any specific questions, happy to try to answer.

Nige.
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 07:08

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 07:08
Good morning Nige
I would like to add your web site link to my forum, please advise if ok
Have a look at my forum.
I would put it in 4WD & Caravan Holidays & Members Diaries it is about 3 from the bottom.
It is Called - Australia News - 4WD-Sport- & General Information.
you are also welcome to join we had 42500 hits last year.

Please click below

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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 14:48

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 14:48
no worries Colin...

Some interesting topics, I'll have a proper look tonight!

Nige.
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