Coober Pedy to Warakuna Roadhouse?

Submitted: Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 19:23
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We are planning to do the Canning Stock Route later this year ex. Melbourne, is it possible to travel direct from Coober Pedy to Warakuna Roadhouse, if it is are any other permits required other than the permit for Gunbarrel Highway/Great Central Road to Wiluna & maybe the permit for Surveyor Generals Corner?

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 20:45

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 20:45
Not sure what you mean by direct Coober Pedy to Warakurna. Do you mean via Yulara or via Mulga Park? Permit requirements are different depending on the route. Do a search here for requirements for Surveyor Generals Corner- the cost is high.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:12

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:12
I meant Mount Davies Road via Emu Junction.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:51

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:51
Shaker,
Its highly unlikely you'd get a permit for Mt Davies Rd. Its largely overgrown, and is a track that you'd try to do after you'd done everything else, and looking for a challenge. Its no "shortcut"!
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:09

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:09
Shaker,
How long have you got?
If it were me, and my first trip to those parts, I'd go over via the Anne Beadell Hwy and come back via the Tanami or Gary Junction Rd. See a bit of the Pilbara while you're over there.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:13

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:13
6 weeks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:45

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:45
6 weeks is good.
Can I suggest an option to give you a bit of everything:

Melbourne to Coober Pedy, Anne Beadell Hwy (see bomb sites at Emu, and enjoy the isolation, unique vegetation and great desert camping of the GVD).
Restock and pub at Laverton.
Head north along Great Central Rd, then turn left and take the Hunt Oil Rd to the Gunbarrell. Turn left and head off via Carnegie to Wiluna (restock).

Take the Canning up to Talawana track and turn left, and do Karajini (via Newman - restock) then Millstream- Chichester, then Port Hedland (restock) then Marble Bar, then Nullagine, Running Waters, Carawine Gorge, Telfer Mine Road, and down into Rudell River NP, Talawana track and rejoin the Canning.

If running out of time, take the Gary Junction Rd to Alice Springs and home. If sufficient time, take the rest of the Canning and out via Tanami.

This will keep you well occupied for the 6 weeks, and assumes you enjoy the driving. We did most of the above in 6 weeks in 2007.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:04

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 22:04
Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:29

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 21:29
Hi Shaker
This is a no go road unless you are aboriginal and live in that area. The quickest way to Warakurna will be through Yulara and then out through Docker River.

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Stephen
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 15:23

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 15:23
That was Plan A, then somebody asked me if we could go the other way, as I had no idea, I thought someone here would know, & it appears that I was right!

Sop far it appears as if we need 5 permits to do our trip ..... grrr!....
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 15:32

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 15:32
Hi Shaker.
If you still want a taste of that area, travel the Mulga Park Road. Travels just over the Border of the NT, and runs almost parallel with the SA/NT Border as far as Mulga Park Homestead, then swings north up to Curtin Springs. There are some top camping sport along that way.

As for the permits, they are no problems, just do not expect them back the next day. All are free except the Canning Permit which is available on linehttp://www.anfwdc.asn.au/permit/terms_conditions.php

Have a great time, you are in for a real ball.

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 13:22

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 13:22
Shaker

I've done that trip - CP, Annes Corner, MtD Rd, Pipalyatjara.

I'd use the CSR as a warm up.

Lots of luck with permits. Permits for SA (easier to visit Baghdad)

Bob
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:40

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:40
It feels like travelling through the Eastern Bloc countries in the 40's.
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