Kimberley here we come!!!!

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 17:58
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G'day all,

I have nearly finished packing, everything but the kitchen sink, we won't starve. We head off about 4am tomorrow morning for 8 weeks.
I would like to thank everyone for all there ideas and suggestions over the last 12 months to give me more of an assurance and confidence for our trip. Hopefully we will see many EO members on our travels.

Thanks again,

Lance
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Reply By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 18:08

Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 18:08
Have a great and safe trip Lance, take lots of snaps, keep a diary, share it with us on your return.

Oh...and Bunnings are having a special on kitchen sinks if you still want to try and pack one. : ))
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 20:48

Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 20:48
Lance,

Have fun and travel safely. The Kimberley last year is the best trip I have done to date.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 20:58

Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 at 20:58
Yep just spent 3 weeks up there and Broome is a big let down is all I can say.


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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:59

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:59
Yes, the place is an absolute mess, has been let go over time as it was a beautiful place to spend plenty of time, now I only go in there for a quick rest and refuel etc

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Friday, Jun 26, 2009 at 04:05

Friday, Jun 26, 2009 at 04:05
Go Lance.

I see by your Itinerary, we will miss you by just a couple of days, at Derby.
That's a shame.
Anyway hopeyou have a safe trip, that's the most important thing.

Cheers
Bucky & Lyn

ps, will try the radio when we are up there, anyway
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Reply By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:14

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:14
Just getting home from a doing just on 5000kms in the Kimberleys. That does not include getting there and back. Not game to add up the fuel bill. The best part was a track around the Cockburn Range next to the Penticost River. The track is called the Karunji Track. Down to 5KPH for a lot of it. Other times doing 80K on the wide flat swamp flats. Sand, gravel, toght corners, holes and good rocky creek beds.

Its on private property and we checked with the staff at Emma Gorge resort first.

Its not advertised nor is it maintained. Take care on the swamp shortcut not to get off track and bogged.Enjoy

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 12:27

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 12:27
Phil,

We're interested in doing the Karunji track so just wondered if you were towing. Thanks for all the info on the Gibb River Road etc we'll be up there in August...sorry to hijack your post Lance and if you read this hope things are going well!!

Viv
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:39

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:39
Is that the track that starts not far from the Boab Tree near Wyndham at a turn off to a Station Stay place whch I cant remember the name of.
Goes straight ahead at the turn off through two brokenish gates

If so we started off on that about 3 one afternoon thinking it would take us back to the Gibb the short way
After two horrendous creek crossings and corrugations that needed headlights we gave up and retraced back to the Wyndham road,

After reading your trip we are VERY glad we did
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 19:53

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 19:53
Thats it Graham. We took about 4 hours to do the whole 130K. Its quite fater on the mud flats across the swamp "shortcut". Not the best place to break through the top layer of dried out mud though. Had a ball. But most of all got some terrifiic photos of the Cocknurn Range from all sides.

Its a pity you didn't get to do it all. The range looks great from the western side.

We also got buzzed by a helicopter rounding up cattle. Waited until we were given the okay to proceed. They were quite helpfull also with a few directions hints and what to see.

Maybe next time.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 19:57

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 19:57
Hi Viv.

If you read Grahams post and my response you will see why I suggest NOT to try it with a trailer unless you are either well experienced and self sufficient or have company.

Ask if you can leave the trailer at Emma Gorge resort while you do the track. You never know. They may agree.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 20:32

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 20:32
Jeez thanks for that Diggers Rest is the name of the station stay at the Wyndham end.
A guy we met at the Boab tree told us that was the short way back to the Gibb.
It was about 3.30 when we turned back so we are verrrrrrrrrry glad we did as we would have been in the middle at dark.

Scary stuff.

Cheers.


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