Marble Bar to Gary Junction to Papunya

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Where are the Len Beadell plaques? Any really good camps sites or places to stop and see?

Heading out tomorrow

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 17:59

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 17:59
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Len's Truck at Kiwirrkurra.

One LB marker you might not see is the one about 20 metres north of the big reflector sign at the Sandy Blight Junction.

If you are really keen there is one a short way down the SBJT at the Tietken Blaze Tree (or where it lies sadly rotting on the ground).

I don't think there are any really good camping spots along the road between Gary Junction and Papunya, unless you are prepared to venture well off the road.

There is a track to the north at Mt Webb. The Nyrrippi track to the north at SBJ. Down the SBJT to the Davenport Range. A track to the south toward Kunkayunti at Mt Liebig (great spots in the ranges along here). And a track to the north at Papunya toward Mt Wedge. All have good places to camp.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 18:45

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 18:45
Thanks Bob, and i have finally spelt Kiwirrkurra correctly.

The track you mention - are these suitable for our big rig (F250 plus` 18' caravan)?

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Reply By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:07

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:07
Motherhen,

We found a good camp spot about 30kms west of the NT/WA border ... on the map says Dover Hills. You come upon a large grove of Desert Oaks and there is a track leading off to the left up to a gravel pit...large cleared area. Behind it there is a rocky hill that we climbed in the morning to sit and drink our coffee...it was absolutely beautiful.

Enjoy your trip across the Gary Junction..its wonderful country out there!

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Follow Up By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:09

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:09
and another thing I should add..is Carawine Gorge then the Skull Springs Road to Nullagine is definitely worth doing. We camped beside the road near the turn off to Eel Pool. Then when you're at Marble Bar be sure to check out the Comet Mine we found it very interesting and throw water on the rocks at the "Marble Bar" and the colours become amazingly vibrant and rich.


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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:23

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:23
Thanks Viv, I will record those tips. We loved Comet Mine tour when we went in 2003. We liked Marble Bar.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:41

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:41
Hi Motherhen
I can only give you details from Kintore east. Just Going out not will get back to with waypoint details. There are 2 after Kintore, the first at the end of the SBJ Track and then one before Papunya. There are a few good little spot set back off of the road.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 08:17

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 08:17
Hi MH
Here are the 2 waypoints for the 2 Len Markers after Kintore.

1. Northern side of the end of the Sandy Blight Junction Track, will be on your left coming from Kintore : S23 11 42.0360 E129 33 38.9880

2. North west of Lizard Bore on your right hand side of the road coming in from Kintore and before Mount Liebig : S23 17 55.2120 E131 07 46.4160

The last one would be very easy to miss if your not looking out for it, set amongst a stand of Mulga.

Hope this helps you out.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:24

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:24
Thanks Stephen, I've taken notes of the points

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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 22:45

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 22:45
dont forget swine flu at kiwikurra
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:29

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:29
Thanks autosparky, however hunting for information gleaned that the person who died (other health issues) came from Kiwirrkurra, but probably caught the virus at one of the NT communities which have recorded infections (like Kintore). No infections found in Kiwirrkurra (unless something has changed since i checked it out). We will now probably get fuel at Kunawarritji and Kintore rather than risk running low.

We'll give Victoria the big miss!

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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 09:24

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 09:24
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The Hema map has the Beadell markers noted with GPS info. The one located just east of Jupiter Well is off the track but easy to find if you check the GPS reading. My best camp spot would be Jupiter Well - worth a couple of nights.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:31

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:31
Thanks Peter

I have QPA paper maps and Magellan GPS, not Hema.

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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:39

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 12:39
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OK. I'd recommend getitng the Hema Great Desert Tracks NW and NC sheets. These give you a great overview of the area with all the sites and must see points. I use the electronic version in Oziexplorer as well.

Here's a sample:

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 14:37

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 at 14:37
thanks Peter

Heading off now - see you all when we get to Alice.

When i make up my mind which GPS to upgrade to, i will probably go with one that take OziE

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