Tanami condition report

Submitted: Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 20:38
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Drove from Alice to Halls Creek yesterday and today.

Alice to Rabbit flat generally good and 100Kmh comfortable.
Except about 10Km from rabbit Flat the road is cut up from rain and deep tyre tracks.
From Rabbit Flat on it deteriorates with some 100Kmh sections but deteriorating to the WA border. Worse from Coyote mine.

From WA border on the road is much worse with extensive corrugations and some areas where a side track is better than the road.
The worst section is the last 60-70Km into Halls Creek where the road runs throgh a range with bad corrugations and big rocks and rock bars on the road where 50Kmh is uncomfortable. this is particularly so after the Kidman Station.
Regards Philip A
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Reply By: Member - Robert M (QLD) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 21:43

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 21:43
Hello Phillip, I will be going that way in August when I head to Wyndham from Brisbane for the races, what do you call the "Kidman Station"?, the only stations I remember on the road between Billiluna and Halls Creek were Caranya and Ruby Plains. I carted fuel and stores for Mick Quilty at Ruby Plains in the early 70's with my Father. Went past there in 84 after doing the top half of the Canning but didn't stop.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 23:18

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 23:18
Gee Philip, last year the best part was from Halls Creek to Wolfe Creek Crater where they were doing road re-alignments, so the new road must have cut up quick.

Rob, the stations most of the way and around Wolfe Creek Crater are owned by a Kidman company.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 09:09

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 09:09
Hi Mrs Hen.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert M (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 19:59

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 19:59
Hi Motherhen, thanks for that. I know Mick and Cherie Quilty sold Ruby Plains late 70's or early 80's but I did'nt know who to, and I see on maps now that Caranya is abandoned.
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Follow Up By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 20:13

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 20:13
Ruby Plains on the Tanami and Sturt Creek Station to the east of Ruby Plains were Kidman stations in the late 90's and probably still are.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 11:55

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 11:55
Although the homestead is abandoned, it is run as part of the station group (something like S Kidman & Co)

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Reply By: Member - Lance S (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 09:00

Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 09:00
Hi, is it possible to drive from Alice to the W.A border in a day and if so how long would it take. I am towing a c/t with the family.

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