Sandflags, Purnululu and GRR Gorges

Submitted: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 10:53
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Just a quick one, give the tracks into Purnululu and some of the Gorges on the GRR, for safety is it advisable to have a sandflag or similar on the vehicle or is it not worth the trouble. I have one but wasn't going to put it on for the next trip but thought I would get the advice of those more expert in that area than me.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:18

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:18
A sandflag is a very good safety item to have but I wouldn't consider it a necessity for either the GRR or Bungles. Good roads (loosely speakibng of course) and plenty of viz. A good UHF is a must though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:05

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:05
Mike I agree with you regarding the GRR gorges but we found that in Punululu that a sand flag on vehicles would of been handy. I found that we met a couple of vehicles on the steep ridge sections and even travelling slowely we had to take evasive action a couple of times. Some people drive those tracks way too fast.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:28

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 11:28
Mark,

I would agree with Mike O, a sand flag, a must when driving over sand dunes, is not required on "good dirt roads".

What would happen is the flag would start to flap itself to destruction plus the flag pole that you are using would also either bend back or break.

Drive to the conditions, drive with the UHF on scan and drive with head lights on.

Have a safe trip and save the flag for the dunes.

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Reply By: Member - Mark & Michelle + 1 - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 12:03

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 12:03
Thank you both for your comments. I had the same thoughts but thought I would get advice from someone who has actually travelled that area. Headlights on and driving to conditions of course goes without saying (or it should). However living on the Tanami and travelling it often to Alice Springs sometimes I wonder!!!
We are looking forward to the trip up the rest of the Tanami then across to Broome & return in about four weeks, can't wait.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:57

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 15:57
I don't think a sand flag would add much to the visibility issues on the narrow and hard to see sections of the road into Purnululu. As Dunc said, there is always someone coming at you way too fast. Drive cautiously. No visibility problems at all on the GRR.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 16:45

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 16:45
Overhanging branches in places going into Purnululu would quickly wipe out a sand flag. Better to watch for dust from oncoming vehicles and use your UHF radio to call ahead/listen for oncoming traffic. Yes too many vehicles travel way too fast on that road.

No problems on GRR or roads into the gorges. Just travel at a sensible speed.

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