Gary Junction Road

Submitted: Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 07:51
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What can you tell me about Gary Junction Road?

I am looking for the shortest route from Port Hedland to Alice Springs next year and that seems to be the one but very little information about it in regards to condition.

Is it safe or should I take the long way around?so many places, so little time !!!
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:14

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:14
Hi Allyn,

That looks like a great trip providing that you can get permits. I do know that the road from Kintore to Alice Springs is normally in good repair as it is graded from time to time. The track to the west from there runs parallel to the dunes and only crosses dunes a short distance from Gary Junction. To get to Gary Junction you can use the Tallawanna Track that runs from Newman and maybe get a fuel drop at Well 23. Then drive north along the CSR to the Kidson Track. Or you may take the Kidson Track from Sandfire Roadhouse and refuel at the Outstation near Well 33. I don't know anything about the latter track. I have read reports every year of 4by groups driving the track from Alice to Sandy Blight Junction, Kintore, Kirrwurra(WA) and Gary Junction. I do not think that you will be able to refuel at Kintore. Your closest refuelling place may be Papunya. You could do it alone if you are well prepared but it would be more fun if you had another vehicle in tow.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:20

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:20
Allyn, go to Google and type in Gary Junction. There is an article relating to the trip. I see that they state that Gary Junction is 900km from Alice or Newman and that they averaged 14.5km/100 L in a Pajero.

Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:36

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:36
getting to the start of Gary is not a problem as we've been out that way a couple of times and there's always fule available these days. I have 300 litres in tanks also so no need for fuel drop if we fuel up at community near Well 33.
thanks for the link I shall read it with much interestso many places, so little time !!!
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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:46

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:46
Willem, a mate of mine (who will read this) is also contemplating the trip and I don't think either of us want to do it alone. I've actually been stranded out there (Kidson Track) and don't want to go through the recovery process againso many places, so little time !!!
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Reply By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:39

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:39
Came through that way last year. Rough as guts in places, but not dangerous, Tallawanna is probably worse, wash outs, corrigations, unable to maintain constant speed, so frustrating at times, however, thats all part of the game and as long as you are aware of the hazards, go for it.
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Follow Up By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:54

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 19:54
Hey Steve
whats Drive Sytems Victoria? Seen you about on this site a bit.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 10:13

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 10:13
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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:44

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:44
Most likely will come in through Rudall River as it's the best and easiest route from Port Hedland and we can refuel at Kunwaritji community (33) before tackling Gary Junction. It sounds most promising at this stage.so many places, so little time !!!
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