Road cons for van Cairns to Normanton

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 08:46
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May/June next year we are hoping to go around Oz on Highway 1 taking around 18 months. All our three vehicles intend to tow a caravan then leave it to get into some serious sightseeing (read Gibb river road, some of the gulf, Strezelecki, etc). We are looking for info on road conditiond regarding the Highway(?) between Cairns and Normanton. Different road atlases give us different info. Are there any other sections of the identified Highway one we should be preparing for.
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:22

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:22
Cairns to Normanton via Mt Suprise, Georgetown, and Croydon is sealed all the way. From Mt Garnet to Gilbert River is mainly narrow and one lane of bitumen with dirt shoulders.
Stone damage to windscreen and headlights as well as paint chipping can be expected.
Road trains also use this road west of Mt Garnet, so be sensible and move right off the tar seal and give them the road. There have been a number of recent accidents involving road trains and smaller vehicles, where the driver of the smaller vehicle (usually overseas tourists in Britz rental vehicles) tried to force sharing of only half the tar seal. It doesn't work!
A great idea is to have UHF radio in your vehicle so that you can communicate your intentions to the road train driver. UHF is also handy with regard to escort vehicles/wide loads - and ongoing general highway information.
There are a few 'cowboys' but you will find that most are responsible professionals who do their job in difficult circumstance. If you contemplate overtaking one - call him up (channel 40) and indicate your wishes. Because these guys are so familiar with the roads that they travel - most will let you know where the next overtaking zone is - so you can pass safely. Don't expect them to drop off the tar seal - they will lose control. You wouldn't want them off anyway - too many sets of wheels throwing rocks at you!
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Reply By: BW - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:40

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:40
we travelled this road last September, and it is very ordinary. I agree about the trucks . Just take your time and youll have no problems
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