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Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:10
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Hi guys - We are traveling from Melbourne to do the Kimberleys (3 weeks) via the Tanami Track and then on to Arnhem Land (10 days ) this coming July. Any advice as to whether a snorkel is needed?

18 months ago we did the Canning and a snorkel was not needed.

Appreciate your advice.

Ian

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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:29

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:29
Nope
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:36

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:36
What sort of vehicles ?
Where are the engine air intakes located on those vehicles and how deep will the Pentecost River be at that time ?
The river may only be 3/4 tyre depth so probably no problem.
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Reply By: Muddie - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:48

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:48
Hi Ian it depends where your going, I crossed the King Edward river on the way to Mitchell Fall in 2006 in late June and it was at 800mm.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 07:05

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 07:05
Ian,

The 4WD track into Litchfield had a 700mm crossing when we were there in July this year. Probably get away with it.
If you have a diesel I'd consider it.
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 09:12

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 09:12
HI Ian,

I think we were on the CSR at the same time in 07. We are also heading to the Kimberley via the Tanami in July. We did some of the CSR again last year on our way through to Rudall River and the Pilbara.

I would get the snorkel done. For better air supply to the motor as well as possible river crossings. As others have said the King Edward River crossing can be high but should be ok by the time we go.

Hope to see you on the track.

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Follow Up By: Member - Lance S (VIC) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 12:29

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 12:29
Hi guys, we are also heading up to the Kimberley, leaving June 26 for 7 weeks. I have a snorkel, but got that with the 4wd when i bought it, least i know if the water is a bit high i am ok, also better with breathing. If its for piece of mind, get it.

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 09:47

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 09:47
July is in the dry

You will not need a snorkel
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Reply By: Member - Turtle (VIC) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 10:18

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 10:18
many thanks for your responses. I should have said earlier I have an 06 Prado Diesel.
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Reply By: dizzy - Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 16:23

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 16:23
Three weeks to do the Kimberly from Melbourne then to Arnhem land for 10 days ??? That is what several tag-a-long groups do. 90 km/h plus all the way.
Take note the speed limit on the Gibb River road is 80 km/h for a reason.
1. To try to keep the gravel road in reasonably condition
2. To try and stop idiots killing themselves.
3. To keep the dust down
We were up there 2 years ago and were stoped off the road having a cuppa, when these 3 vehicles towing trailers went by low flying.
Finished the cuppa and started off again about 10km down the road was a hell of a mess. One of the group that passed us had had a blow out. It turned out that the second vehicle had the blow out and the third vehicle couldn't see what happened in front and plowed into the one in front shoving it into the scrub. Very lucky no one was seriously injured.Two vehicle write offs though.
Suggest you spend more time in the Kimberly and do Arnhem land next year. It is a rugged and beautiful place if you spend the time to look around.
No you dont need a snorkel, however would definately put one on.
1. Less dust up top.
2. Rain, normally not but you never know up there.
Dont forget a spare air cleaner element. Once again you may never need it.

Have fun.

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