Gosse Bluff NT

Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 14:24
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Has anyone recently been there please. My maps show a bitumen road,but the info center said its extremely rough 4wd only track...

anyone,,, please ??? cheers PJ
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:14

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:14
get a better map.its dirt but, a bit corraated butnot 4wd only
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Follow Up By: rredbeak - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:55

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:55
TY davoe.i get my maps off the net then print out the ones im going to use...looks like i need a better site. Cheers.. PJ
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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:04

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:04
There is bitchumen right to the turn-off. Then the last 500 metres or so is dirt.

I can't remember where the blacktop starts and finishes. It goes at least from the loop road to Tylers Pass.

You don't need a 4wd. I got right up to the crater in my 4 cylinder Corolla.
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Follow Up By: Member - Adam S (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:16

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:16
equinox did you get to up to the crater, or inside the crater with the Corolla.
I would suggest to get inside the crater your Corolla would have to be lifted and locked, unless things have changed since I have been there.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:26

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:26
Adam,

I followed the track that heads inside the crater until its end. (where the walk starts and the info signs are). That was in 2005.

Tracks a bit rough but doable.

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Follow Up By: Member - Adam S (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:51

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:51
equinox both you and the Corolla did well.
I haven't been there for a while.The last time I went, was in the Troopy towing a trailer and I remember scraping things.

But in reality the Corolla has probably got better articulation.

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:20

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:20
are we all talking about the same place? off the Meerinie loop road?
I was there in 03 and t was dirt the whole way but would have been easily do able in a 2wd
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:21

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:21
Track in was more than 500m, I'd guestimate a couple of km. We towed our windup camper in and would agree a 2wd shouldn't have any problems however it is a bit bumpy in spots. Slow and steady (need to really as it's pretty narrow) and you'll be right unless your driving something "slammed" to the ground.

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Follow Up By: Member - John R (QLD) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 21:03

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 21:03
Yes more like 6 km if Google Earth is to be trusted. Certainly access has completely changed from 98 when we were there!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 21:21

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 21:21
Yes - I stand corrected. I must expand my memory cells a bit more when I post.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:21

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:21
I haven't been there for about three years, but I would have thought that a standard car could be driven in, with a little care, without much trouble. It is also worth checking the display on Gosse Bluff in the Museum of Central Australia in Alice. Also worth going to the lookout at Tylers Pass to get a good perspective on the Bluff
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Reply By: rredbeak - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:03

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:03
yes,ill do Tylers pass and the gorges and chasms while we're there. Cheers and TY all.. Cheers..PJ
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:12

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:12
Hi the track from the turnoff is just a bit sandy corrigated as usual.
This photo of the track is about 2 years old.
The sign shows 4WD only probably if it was wet?

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:24

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:24
4wd is necceasay---- If yo drive off the track. At about the sotof that pictre drove up the bank tolet a guy with a CT past and when driving offthe back left bogged down and the front right lifted up as it wasover the bank going back onto the road------ DUH
bit of air out of the rear left and I was on my way
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Reply By: Anthony (Vic) - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 13:09

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 13:09
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We towed our Jayco Outback camp into Goose bluff while on route to Glen Helen
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Reply By:- Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 21:24

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 21:24
I was there on Thursday (22 May 2008) for work.

The road just after Hermannsburg (about the first 15km) is quite corrugated. Quite frankly, it sucks and as long as I've lived in Alice Springs, this bit of road has always sucked!

However, once you reach the Desert Oaks (those funny looking trees) until the Ipolera/Gosse Bluff turn off, it's a much better gravel road. There's about 10km of bitumen after this, all the way to the turn off into the crater itself. The track into Gosse Bluff (its proper name is Tnorala -which is kind of pronounced Noh-RUH-lah ... I won't go into the how to pronounce the Tn sound!) is officially a 4WD track, but unless it's been raining, you won't need 4WD and a soft-roader could do it easily.

I travel this way for work often and my partner is one of the rangers for the Parks and Wildlife Service.
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