Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 10:21
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Hi All. Does anyone know if the road is suitable to take a caravan to Windjana gorge and tunnel creek? We would be looking at going on the first part of the Gibb river road from Derby through to Fitzroy Crossing. Thanks.
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Reply By: get outmore - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 10:24

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 10:24
from memory yes no worries
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Reply By: Member - Steven C (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 11:16

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 11:16
Yes, you should be ok, but last time I was there was over a year ago :( , where does the time go ??
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Reply By: Member - Chris P (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 11:35

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 11:35
Hi there. We were there last year too (about now). I would not take my caravan on that road, but ours is a strictly on-road van. The condition was a bit worse than the GRR itself between Derby and Bell Gorge (which was like a bitumen highway this time last year).
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Follow Up By: Kanga1 - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 15:31

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 15:31
Hi there, unless you a have real robust caravan, ( Bushtracker/ Kedron) I would think twice, as Chris said the road between the 2 POI's was a lot worse than the Gibb RR at the end of June last year, real nasty corrugations, Cheers have a good trip, Kanga1........
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 17:02

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 17:02
We took our Bushtracker through from the Fitzroy Crossing end, and continued on the Gibb River Road. I depends on conditions and past traffic as to just how corrugated it gets. You don't say what sort of caravan you have. With rare exceptions (two coromal and two jayco taken very slowly and cautiously), we saw only Bushtrackers on the GRR.

We went around 10 kms from the highway along the Leopold Downs (Tunnel Creek) road before making camp, and as it wasn't far and we were running late due to a delay at the fuel station in Fitzroy, we didn't let the tyres down. We lost one spotlight, and a bottle of cordial splashed half its contents out, most of which found its way out of the cupboard and all over the caravan floor and all over everything that had bounced off the seat and bed onto the floor. What a sticky mess. This was in June before the roads got corrugated badly.

Be aware that Tunnel Creek has been closed due to rock instability at the entrance.

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Reply By: gjcumming - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 19:12

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 19:12
The road is called the Fitzroy Lennard road I think. We traveled it late July 2008. Towed a Jayco Expanda outback. Very dusty. No more stoney than the Gibb. Corrugations were minor at that time. There is a creek crossing or two that would be subject to seasonal conditions. We had no issues and the trip was easy going at reasonable speed. Like all unsealed roads, their condition changes frequently.
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Reply By: Member - Warren R-Silver Sands - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 20:04

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 20:04
G'day Weatho. We were there 2 weeks ago and the road is very good from the Gibb River end. Saw a few vans in there. Can't confirm the bit from Fitzroy to Tunnel Creek though. The whole of the GRR is excellent at the moment.

Hope you have a good trip, we did.
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Reply By: jezza68 - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 21:52

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 21:52
Camped at Windjana Gorge last weekend. No problems along Gibb River to Windjana campsite, however gets a few rough spots on the Tunnel Creek side.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 23:23

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 23:23
Ahhhh god's country. Will be there myself in a few weeks. Personally I wouldn't consider taking a van on this road....period.
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Reply By: VH-GU4 - Thursday, Jun 04, 2009 at 09:32

Thursday, Jun 04, 2009 at 09:32
Take it from some one that lives in the area, yes you can take a van on that part no worries. From Derby it is black top for the first 100km then gravel but well maintained. Road from GRR to Highway is a good gravel road. JUST drive to the conditions, theres no prize for first place out here.
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