Fuel Stops on the Tanamai

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:23
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Hi all,

Can anyone tell me how many fuel stops on the Tanamai and if they all sell ULP?LPG, and what distance apart they roughly are? We are looking at getting on the Tanamai at Halls Creek, and wondered if it would be safe to take our single axel Jayco Starcraft on it....Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: SoloGirl - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:31

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:31
Hi Andrea,
I've just done the Tanami...
There is fuel at Tilmouth Wells Roadhouse. ULP. 193kms from Alice Springs.
Then at Rabbit Flat you get VERY expensive fuel at 2.10 a litre! ULP. 412kms from Tilmouth Wells.
453kms to Halls Creek from Rabbit Flat.
I found the road itself to be in good condition generally for my 4WD; different sections had different compactions and surfaces. I don't tow a trailer now, but I think I would take one along the track if I did. Just wouldn't go as fast though; you'd probably bounce the nuts and bolts off it!
Hope that helps!
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Reply By: Andrea11 - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:35

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:35
Hi BBB,

Thanks for that info, wow it certainly sounds as though the ppl at Rabbit Flat have the fuel market cornered....Thanks again all info helps...
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:46

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:46
Andrea, when you get there, you will be happy to pay that. No other Choice...:-))
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:35

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:35
ULP Fuel available Rabbit Flat - phone ahead for open times.Yuendumu and Tilmouth Well. Also drop down to Balgo if needed - plus there may be a couple of others down towards Balgo that will have fuel to sell. When ULP was 135cpl in Perth I paid $2.10/L at Rabbit Flat - that's the beauty of travelling in the bush. As for LPG - make sure you have plenty of ULP. I have no idea what type of caravan a Starcraft is but if it is a Jayco Offroad model you will be ok if you just drive to the conditions. The road to Wolf Creek is corrugated. As long as you have a range of 500kms you will be ok. Having driven along the Tanami many times over the last 30yrs it is now a road and getting better all the time - except for the bad bits which are mainly through the section between Halls creek and about 80kms into the track. Be aware of big (really big) trucks and mine machinery - signposted at the mine so slow down. Depending on the graders you get it really easy or not so easy but no longer the track it once was. Have a nice trip and slow down and enjoy it - 4 nights is easy and lets you enjoy the scenery. rgds
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Follow Up By: Andrea11 - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:40

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:40
HI there Maverick,

Thanks for the info, our caravan isn't an off road just you normal stock standard single axel....Do you think it will be ok to take it?
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:45

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:45
G'day Maverick, don't want to hijack this thread, but interesting to hear your comments on the Tanami Track. I Lived at Mt. Doreen Stn as a young'un in the 50's and want to return and sift through the ruins, and just spend some time there. Have so many memories. Your track description is encouraging, as I would be going with a standard Jayco (17ft), probably not through to Hall's Crk. Just to Mt. Doreen and Vaughan Springs, where I think the Stn. was relocated to after our departure. Any thoughts please give us an email.
Cheers from Fred and Christine.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:09

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:09
Andrea,

Have a look at this info about the track.
Click on the link

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When do you plan to do the trip?

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Andrea11 - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:37

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:37
We are planning to do the Tanamai about early August 08
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:49

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:49
Andrea,

That is not a bad time to do the Tanami, but I am a bit worried about the caravan.

That track can shake a good off road camper trailer around. A "2WD caravan" might take a beating.

Wayne
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:14

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:14
If you are searching for information try .... Tanami
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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 22:02

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 22:02
When they advise ringing ahead for fuel at Rabbit Flat, thats exactly what they mean.
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Reply By: Member - Barney Rubble - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 07:52

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 07:52
Gday andrea you have probably seened by now but fuel is also available at billiluna community although not always reliable and like the rest of em expensive its about 200km from the halls creek end
Say gday to my dog zeus for me at sturt creek just past billiluna turn off enjoy ya trip Cheers
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:05

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:05
There is most probably no reason not to take your caravan as long as you take it easy - and that will mean really really easy - however (don't you love it when that word is used).........to give you peace of mind and reduce your stress levels don't take a normal van along the Tanami. Whilst you may be lucky and manage to time your trip with graders doing upgrades etc it just isn't worth the worry (or expense) if something goes wrong. To see your van with a broken subframe or draw bar or axle just sitting there and no way of recovering it - just not good. If you need (want) to have a look at some of the side bits along the Tanami you won't be able to with a standard van - and it's a long way to go just to drive past and think what may be there.
I don't know what your travelling situation is (how many etc) but maybe leave the van and just use the vehicle or try a different route - a poor option I know but at least you will retain your van in one piece. rgds
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Follow Up By: Member RayJen Paj05 (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:16

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:16
I agree with Maverick. When we travelled the Tanami in Aug 06, when the condition of the road wasn't too bad after a wet period and grading was happening on the Western end, our friends with an off-road van suffered weld breaks, they maanged to get to Halls Creek but cumulatively you could get into serious trouble with an "ordinary" van.

Regards, RayJen

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Follow Up By: Dave & Shelley (NT) - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 19:49

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 19:49
Hi mate,

I agree with RAYGEN. I have seen several camper trailers brake welds when travelling the Tanami, especially from Rabbit flat to the NT/WA border. We had to conduct some pretty crazy welds with the batteries to get my mates camper back to Darwin after his axle actually separated from the camper. I would not take a standard van on the road as it will most likely bounce itself to death. Even a small amount of damage is heart breaking and very expensive.

Hope this helps

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