The Binns Track

Submitted: Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:01
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Saw this news story.....from reuters news service

14:56 29May08 AAP-New outback track for 4WDs
By Tara Ravens

DARWIN, May 29 AAP - An epic four-wheel drive through Australia's heart aims totarget the Northern Territory's burgeoning self-drive tourism market.

The Binns Track route stretches more than 2,000 kilometres from Mount Dare onthe South Australian border up to Timber Creek, in Western Australia.

It passes through Alice Springs and Tennant Creek as it winds through many ofthe territory's lesser known nature reserves and national parks such as thewestern Simpson Desert, East MacDonnell Ranges, Davenport Range National Parkand Gregory National Park.

NT Tourism's Kon Vatskalis said the project catered for do-it-yourselftravellers with a penchant for hitting the road.
He said the project targeted the 217,000 interstate and 86,000 internationalself-drive visitors each year.

"The Henderson government is committed to creating more four-wheel drivejourneys around the Territory," he said as he welcomed 4WD enthusiasts to thetrack opening in Central Australia.

He said the government had allocated $100,000 to 4WD route development over thelast year.
"Importantly, we are catering to the increasing self-drive tourism market," hesaid.

The track has been named after Bill Binns, who worked for Northern TerritoryParks and Wildlife for 32 years and advocated linking a series of remote trackstogether.

He said the new track highlighted some of the most untouched parts of theNorthern Territory.

"The journey allows visitors to experience the changing vistas of the Territory,progressing from Australia's sandy heart to the rugged outcrops of GregoryNational Park and sub-tropics of the north," said Mr Binns.

"This trip is an outback bush experience. It's really about your feelings ...away from the millions on an uninterrupted adventure."
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:54

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 15:54
It would appear that the NT is a progessive State in terms of increasing access, instead of the reductions we are so often used to elsewhere.
And they've spent only $100K - which means that they haven't done too much and hopefully the track will be just that - remote and not too developed.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 16:56

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 16:56
Australian Geographic had a short article on this track in the last, or one before,issue. It is not a track as such, but a series of connected roads that are already there.The $100K will most likely be for singage only. Vince
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