NT Roads Open when?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 21:08
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I plan to leave Swansea NSW early May and get to the Northern Territory via Roper Bar end of May/early June with the intention of travelling through Kakadu, to Darwin, Litchfield and Douglas/Daly over the next 3 to 4 weeks, i.e. most of June
Many, if not most, of the tracks to waterfalls, gorges etc are now closed, but are they likely to be open for the above timing ?
I realise that the answer is likely to be, "it depends", but if it really is highly unlikely then I may need to rethink my whole plan.

I would appreciate any well considered guesses, especially from the locals. I have a troopy and we tent camp.

Mal
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:46

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:46
NP Officers are already assessing various roads in Kakadu and LNP. Some are already open. Most, if not all, are usually open by then (June). I would be surprised if they weren't. The rain has eased off in most of the NT already, although some parts of Arnhemland have had a bigger wet than usual. Your best bet is to keep an eye on the NT Gov web site for road updates. They are usually pretty good and keeping it up to date.

I take it that you are coming through QLD to Roper Bar, but which way? Are you coming across the Barkly and then up to Cape Crawford (Heartbreak Hotel) and Roper Bar?
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 23:31

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 23:31
Mal

It doesn't matter what you drive...if the roads are closed they are closed.

Suggest you ring Transport NT or what ever they are called these days (Google it)to make sure the road to Roper Bar is open. It should normally be open by Mid May but if the rains carry on for a while it may be later and towards early June.


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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:45

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:45
Seems like the road is open so you should be OK by late May



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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 00:03

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 00:03
Hi Mal

http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/

Link above gives reports on major roads. When i tried ringing the specified number for information about other (minor) roads last year, all i got was a recorded message giving the same details as shown on this website.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:42

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:42
Thanks for that Motherhen, I nevr loom at these sites unless ofcourse, I am goin that way!


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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:46

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 05:46
My typing is getting worse!!!!...lol
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 15:22

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 15:22
Hi Wllem - that's OK - I can read fast typing very well, as i type that way myself.

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Reply By: Member - Mal W (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 08:56

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 08:56
Thanks to all for the info. I have been looking at the various websites to determine what is open NOW, but trying to get a handle on what may or may not be open in May/June.
We will be comimg across from Normanton, Bowthorn Station, Borroloola, Cape Crawford, Nathan River, Roper Bar, Mataranka At least that is the general plan.

Seems from the comments that we won't be too early, unless of course there is more heavy rain.

Thanks again
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 10:28

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 10:28
That route sees a lot of traffic you shouldn't have a lot of dramas as all of the above have said.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 16:51

Monday, Apr 13, 2009 at 16:51
Mal


Heavy rain is unlikely after end April though it does happen from time to time.

Once the dry season has set in, that's it until November/December

So if the roads are open now they are unlikely to close again


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