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We are planning to travel from Perth to Alice Springs around the 18th December. Can anyone advise how conditions will be at that time of year?
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jun 05, 2009 at 00:03

Friday, Jun 05, 2009 at 00:03
Getting hot.

Road conditions vary depending on when graded, but corrugations build up again quickly as it gets a fair amount of traffic.


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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Jun 05, 2009 at 07:43

Friday, Jun 05, 2009 at 07:43
Most likely VERY hot and dry. Lots of dust and flies.
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Reply By: ozwasp - Saturday, Jun 06, 2009 at 17:21

Saturday, Jun 06, 2009 at 17:21

I've been across the Great Central road in June and also worked out south west of Warburton in late November through to Christmas on Drill rigs. I can tell you now that it will be low 40s in December everyday and you will have tropical storms coming through every few days, so expect flooding/ bogging conditions.

For your own safety, stay to the main track and take a Sat phone or have an EPHIRB. In mid 40 degree temperature you will need at least 10L of drinking water per day per person (i was drinking 20L a day working outside there) and most importantly a car with a good cooling system. I wouldn't go that time of the year in a car that is older than 10 years, as you run the risk of having your car overheat.

Tell someone reliable when you leave and when you're due.

Regards, Will

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Follow Up By: Undies - Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 00:07

Monday, Jun 08, 2009 at 00:07
Thanks Will, sound advice we are trying to be as prepared as we can so your experience is appreciated. We are travelling in a 2004 Landcruiser & this is the first leg in a 3 month trip so we will make sure the vehicle in top shape before we take off.
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