What months to travel

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 20:44
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Hi,

Looking at taking off 3 months to go across the centre in 2009 from CQ to northern WA. From there go south doing all the N.P. and across the bottom to S.A. Try and do most of S.A. and either head home via inland or up through Vic and N.S.W.

Trying to decide Feb to April or March to May. Trying to get the best weather both temp and rain, or lack there of.

Any suggestions welcome.

Thanks
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Reply By: kingswoodwagon - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 22:12

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 22:12
Hey,

Feb is half gone, unless your a jet at organizing trips - I'd go for a March start.

The later the better for the north. Its hot, wet and likely to be disrupted by cyclones. Saying that - there are still plenty of people traveling around.

Good luck.





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Follow Up By: Austravel - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 23:40

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 23:40
Damn that should read 2010.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 08:01

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 08:01
Austravel,

March to May could still be a bit early. If next year is any thing like this you might have trouble crossing the top end because of the rain.

Even April to June would be better but the later the better.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 09:56

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 09:56
For the top end you're right but I'd be going no further north than Broome. Probably no where near there and more so up to the Pilbara at max. Thoughts were that it would be pretty cold around Vic and NSW in April/May but wasn't sure.
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Reply By: kingswoodwagon - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 11:24

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 11:24
You'll be better off doing it the other way round - south in the feb/mar and across the top in may. That way you'll get the best of the weather.

cheers again

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Reply By: stumbly - Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 20:35

Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at 20:35
Hi Austravel,
I work in the pilbara and this time of the year is either hot, wet & hot or humid & hot!
The rains have just started and the tom price to karratha rail access road is closed to public traffic till it drys out.
I would suggest autumn/ early winter for the Pilbara or spring maybe?
mid/ late winter can get bl...dy cold up here aswell....

cheers, Keith
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 09:43

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 09:43
Thanks Keith,

I was a little afraid that would be the case. So what would be the earliest month in the year I could get in and it still be worth sight seeing the area??

The second half of the year would be better but it's not an option so need to pick 3 months between Feb and June. June's getting way to cold anywhere on that circuit and if to early a chance of rain.
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Reply By: stumbly - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 19:48

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 19:48
Hi austravel, probably april/may. Would still be fairly hot ( at least you could have a swim in the gorges!) and will still be nice and green after the rains - cyclones should have finished by then...

Try www.tompricewa.com.au for a look or contact the info dept. on 08 9188 1112.
The weather patterns are changing a bit up here or seem to be. (el nino? el ninya? global warming? )

All the best with whatever you decide and don't forget the fishing gear!

Keith
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 22:49

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 at 22:49
Thanks for the info.
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