advice on NT trip

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 14:18
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Hi i'm a long time lurker but this is my first post so be gentle,heading from Adelaide to Darwin next week for approx 3 months am going to do do all the usual touristy stuff like borollola,kakadu,mataranka,ularu and the painted desert our van is set up to freecamp for about 3 days and it's a 25ft so my questions are is there any free camp spots you can reccomend? is there anything not to be missed on this trip?any cheap no frills parks that are budget freindly? does anyone know if the road to Borollola is sealed? any help appreciated

Ralph
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 14:36

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 14:36
Ralph,

Start by buying a copy of Camps Australia 4 (available in the ExploOz Shop). It is a great guide to free camping and pretty soon pays for itself.

Matt
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Reply By: SOS Mail Solutions - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:31

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:31
Hi Ralph,

Great stuff.

Make sure you have someone looking after your mail while you are away.

Have a wonderful and safe trip.

All the best

Craig B
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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:53

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:53
Ralph,

The road from the Barkly Homestead (Tablelands Hwy) is sealed to Cape Crawford and on to Borroloola. The road from near Daly Waters on the Stuart Hwy (the Carpentaria Hwy) is sealed all the way to Borroloola.

The Savannah Way from Mataranka is sealed to Roper Bar and then is dirt and the Savannah Way via Wollogorang is dirt.

viv
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:54

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:54
sorry should have said the Carpentaria Hwy is sealed to near Roper Bar...
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Reply By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:29

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:29
Douglas hot springs and butterfly gorge.

Jasper gorge.

Cheers

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Reply By: westskip - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 20:30

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 20:30
Hi Bloosted

We'vw just done the road from Daly Waters to Cape Crawford and then down to Barkly H'way. Couple of good camp spoys along both roads. Road south is pretty rough for about the first 100 km then its okay. Diesel at Cape Crawford was 220 cpl and at Barkly 224.5cpl. Good acmping at Mrrayat Creek ( in he creek), Banka Banka Station;Douglas Hot Springs and Copperfield Dam.
Enjoy the trip - we are so far.
John & Helen
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 21:37

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 21:37
Not sure about a 25foot van into the painted desert area. When we drove in I wasn't noting the road too carefully, but you might want some more advice on this section re the van. Again not sure, but I don't think camping is allowed in the PD area. Someone will be able to check this for you.
If you are going through Mataranka, continue north a couple of km then turn right to Bitter Springs. Only a few km off the main rd. Especially good if you have swimming goggles or mask. Just drift along in the warm water looking at what is underneath in incredibly clear water. We always give that advice to friends in that area and they always say it is one of the great points of the trip.
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Follow Up By: bloosted - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 21:59

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 21:59
yeah thanks mate,will leave the van and do a day trip to the painted desert
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