Desert Road WA-NT

Submitted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 23:39
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Hi, has anyone done Desert Road from Gary Junction to the NT border or beyond?

Ive looked around the net and there doesnt seem to be much on it.

On Google earth it shows a couple of settlements along the way,anyone know their names?
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 23:58

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 23:58
Not quite sure what you mean Ross. My map book only has the Gary Junction Road, and there is lots of threads here about that one.

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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:39

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:39
Have a look on Google earth with the map overlay. Desert rd peels off and runs to the east from the junction.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 21:47

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 21:47
Hi Ross

The other replies have all taken it that you do mean the Gary Junction Road, which we will be taking with our caravan in a few weeks time.

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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 18:04

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 18:04
Is the road called the Gary Junction Road or Gary Hwy?
I can only see a Gary Hwy and a junction where the Gary Hwy and Desert Road and some other unnamed roads meet.

Desert Road comes close to Kintore ,which looks like a good place to refuel

Sounds like a great trip. Looking forward to a rport on your return : )
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 18:20

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 18:20
Hi Ross

I use the very comprehensive QPA Roads and Tracks Western Australia (available from the ExplorOz shop and many other outlets), and it is called the Gary Junction Road all the way until it meets the Tanami Road. The Gary Highway turns south from Gary Junction and meets the Gunbarrell Highway at Everard Junction.

The group my son was with re-fuelled at Kintore, but i don't know if it was petrol or diesel, or if they had pre-arranged availability. Some travellers do call ahead with an ETA and their fuel requirements when travelling through the desert communities, to make sure they don't have long waits.

A friend who visited us last week (on the road full time for around four years now) said they always phone ahead, and would rather wait well out of town than in the community if it is going to be a few days before supplies arrive.

Permits are needed for part of the NT side. I'm not sure about the WA side yet.

Lots of threads on the Gary Junction Road, including a couple of very recent ones. I expect to find it easier than the Great Central Road (due to less traffic and less corrugations).

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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 23:41

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 23:41
Thanks for clearing that up Mh and the tips on phoning ahead. Makes good sense.
I will need to get some maps for that area and Im also thinking about GPS.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 23:48

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 23:48
Yes to both a good map book and a GPS before venturing into the desert Ross.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 07:01

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 07:01
The Gary Junction Road (and its extension) from Marble Bar to Alice is a low stress drive with not much traffic.
We used that road in 2005, and again in 2008 towin a boat.
There are some pics in the link below.

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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:03

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:03
Just remember to stay out of the area during heavy rain.

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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:44

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:44
Is fuel or any services available from any of the settlements along Desert rd or are you on your own all the way
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:16

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:16
Kintore and Well 33 are definites. Have purchased at Kiwikurra in the past.

Bob
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Reply By: Sawtybt - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 15:08

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 15:08
We drove from Alice to Marble Bar in 2007. We filled up at Papunya and again at Kunawarritji near well 33 on the Canning.




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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 21:56

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 21:56
My son returned from Alice Springs on the Gary Junction a few years ago and they refuelled at Kintore. I'm not sure what fuel, as he was travelling with someone else.

If you need ULP, you may need to find out ahead of time if they carry ULP (Opal), or just diesel.

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Reply By: geoff.will0 - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 23:06

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 23:06
Should be plenty fuel at the main Communities.Kiwirrkurra and Kunnawarritji (well 33) are the main remote ones. Phone ahead esp if you want Opal.Kintore has a multi-jurisdiction Police Station (NT & WA). Phone them and stay safe. Best web references are via the Aboriginal and Church sites. My son and I did a loop thru the deserts with Len and Ann in late ’92 and I’m off back to Jupiter well again next May (there used to be a Telstra phone there !) I drive an unmodified 18 year old carby Patrol without any problems- but plenty of jerry cans and water.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jun 07, 2009 at 00:16

Sunday, Jun 07, 2009 at 00:16
Ross Hi

We just got home from traveling the Gary Junction rd, it is in very good condition 60 - 80 km/hr but drive to the conditions it will be fine.\

Kunawarritji = $3.20 per l
Kintore = $1.65 per l
for Diesel

you need to check times as the times on hema maps are wrong, some as Kintore are only open ever hour so line up, Kunawarritji we waited an hour while they had lunch, everyone has to eat,

we made up a day and a 1/2 than planed.

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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Sunday, Jun 07, 2009 at 14:52

Sunday, Jun 07, 2009 at 14:52
Thanks for the info. I am really begining to look forward to this trip;)
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