Recent road report-Tanami road

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:14
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Is anyone able to give a recent report of conditions Alice-HallsCk,
Any horror stretches?If so how prolonged?Where abouts?
Just considering a caravan at this stage so road conditions only please.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:31

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:31
Hi Mary - second hand reports only

We may go later depending on how much time we spend in the NW. Most recent reports i have heard say it's good the NT side and bad the WA side.

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Follow Up By: JimDi - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:10

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:10
We take off on Monday for Tanami, in Alice at present, might see you along track MH. Look for Kedron XC and 80 series.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:43

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:43
Hi Di

We won't be heading any further north until probably some time next week, then following the Gibb RR and visiting other Kimberley attractions on an uncertain time frame. What are your plans when you get to WA?

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Follow Up By: JimDi - Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 at 01:05

Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 at 01:05
Hi Motherhen,
After we reach WA will look around Halls Creek and surrounds then onto Tunnel Creek and Windjana.Then along the GRR to Derby, final destination is Cable Beach for 2 months July/Aug. Then down west coast. Rain predicted for Alice tomorrow.......
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 at 13:47

Saturday, Jun 07, 2008 at 13:47
Hi Di

Rained in the Kimberley yesterday - same system i think heading your way, so mightn't have much rain left in it.

We will most likely leave here some time next week, subject to getting solar panel problem resolved or panels replaced, so probably won't pass you along the way, but call us on UHF 40 if you see us.

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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:35

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:35
was on the Tanami last week and that is correct....... NT side ok Wa side a little rough but nothing too bad as long as you don't use it as a race track. Although we only came down to Alice from Balgo hills.
Drive to the conditions and you should be ok. Saw a few Caravaners taking it easy.
Here is a pic

Tanami rd

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Follow Up By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:09

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:09
Great photos. What sort of camera?
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:38

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:38
Um... it's usually the photographer that makes the photos.

You don't say "Nice painting - what brand of brush?" do you?
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:42

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:42
Hey Andrew...... In my case it is the camera....... I'm just the twit that pushes the button.... LOL
It's a Nikon
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:47

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:47
Intwition - you gotta love it.
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Follow Up By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 05:52

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 05:52
I'm yet to say "nice painting", well except for most of the houses that Brett has painted for us and he mainly air less sprays them! There are hundreds of digital cameras around now and they are getting cheaper and cheaper, like most things electronically operated except fuel bowsers. Trying to decide which one is the best for its anticipated use is the difficult and talking to sales people gives you even more information or dis-information as all they want is a sale. Speaking to users and seeing the results is a much better way. However there is truth in "It is'nt the camera, it's the user and the subject" but you need a camera first.
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 08:58

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 08:58
Take a look in the Checklists and Planners

You'll find a digital camera buyer's guide there which might be of some help. Drop me a note if you've got any questions.

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Andrew.
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Reply By: Bearded Fish - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:46

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:46
My brother did Alice to Halls Creek last week. He said the trip was good and easy.
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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:44

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:44
Did it from Billiluna to Alice last week.

Pretty much as Pete said, but there are some horror stretches on the WA side - big wide washaway/potholes mostly, that get your speed down to 40 or 50, but besides the usual corrugations, not too much trouble. Section around Balgo turnoff was being graded but before and after that there were some bad parts.

Okay at a slow pace for off-road vans, I would say, but make sure nothing is bouncing around in them cupboards.

Does make you wonder how such an important part of Australia's road network can be left by the WA Government to "The Shire" to "maintain"... and does make one happy to be in the NT again ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:51

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:51
when did u go down the tanami Andrew? I think we left Balgo around lunch on wed and got back to Alice on thurs 5pm. I promptly left after checking emails and saying goodbyes. Got back to Sydney sat night......
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:57

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:57
Yet, it's the reverse on the Great Central Road.

Good on the WA side. Crap on the NT side.

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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:02

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:02
We left Billi on Sunday at about 10AM.
Camped out on the road and arrived in Alice about 10AM on Monday. Dropped my friends off at the hairport and mosied on to Adelaide arriving on Tuesday evening.
Tried my best fuel econowise driving and managed 13 l/100 with the trailer, but was stuck on 85clicks - luckily almost no traffic.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 16:06

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 16:06
Hi Gone Bush - Reports (not current) from travellers on the Central still usually say good on NT and bad on WA side. Must depend on when the grader comes through.

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Reply By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 16:27

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 16:27
Many thanks everyone!
Expect to be up that way by by mid July.Keep an eye out for the green Defender- would be great to meet up with some EO folk,
Cheers,
Mary
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