road from laverton to uluru

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g'day all,, can anyone tell me the condition of the road from laverton to uluru please Is it a rough sandy track or a good gravel/tar road. Any comments greatly app.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:37

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:37
Hi retired rambler

Good (!) wide, relatively straight, gravel road but can be very corrugated in parts.
Depends on weather and when the graders have been through.

KK
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:41

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:41
Usually a good gravel road used by quite a lot of traffic.

Phone the Laverton Police Station for an up to date report they patrol the road on a regular basis.

My son was stationed there some years back and can tell some interesting stories about who and what have attempted to drive the road as well as stories about the local inhabitants.

He now works at a local gold mine less risks and 4 times the money :-)
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Reply By: retired rambler - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:48

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 22:48
thanks mate..sounds like I might give it a try.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 23:27

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 23:27
Hi Rambler

Do a search for threads on "Great Central Road" - there have been a few recently.

NT side can be quite sandy. Shortly before we came west in September 2008 there were reports of a road train bogged right in the middle of the road. We were lucky it had been graded within a week of us travelling as others who went a week or two later found it back to its bad old self. WA side was usual inland dirt road quality - variable, but mainly a lot of average sized corrugations.

Watch out for camels; they will step out right in front of you and stop - even during the day. They are in plague proportions out there.

It is a lovely scenic drive when you get near the border (coming from the west), and through the Petermann Ranges when you cross into NT.

Worth taking the early morning tour of the Giles weather station (good camp ground at Warakurna Roadhouse).

When in NT you can go to Lasseters Cave; the tiny cave where he sheltered while ill and left final notes before his last fateful journey.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 23:33

Thursday, Feb 04, 2010 at 23:33
Don't forget you need two Permits; one for WA side and one for NT side.

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Follow Up By: lizard - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 02:23

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 02:23
H Motherhen , how's the Bushtracker going ? I still fail to understand why need permits to travel through on a main road , built with taxpayers money . it would really be interesting to view the court case of anyone charged with this heinous crime .
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 12:35

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 12:35
Hi Lizard

Five months away last year, and the BT wants to get out on the tracks again.

Permits; because it's the law. So far they don't cost us anything for these through roads.

Cheers

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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 10:15

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 10:15
We went through there East to West the two days after the cyclone hit Ularu at
Chistmas. 50+mm of rain in a couple of hours, and the next day, the road was good, and only a bit sticky and damp in a couple of places.
Not sandy , good wide gravel and at that time relatively few corrugations
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Reply By: Member - Tom V (WA) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 12:39

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 12:39
Hi Rambler

try - http://www.outbackway.org.au/

cheers Tom
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:20

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:20
Retired Rambler
Dont really matter does it....?
As soon as you leave the Bitumen

just drop your tyre pressures to 20 psi, and go for it..
Nothing over 70km/hr, till you get to Yulara resort, them pump them back up to the propper pressures

Nothiong else required
Cheers Bucky

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Reply By: John L - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:30

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:30
Hi Retired Rambler,
We towed a small off road van through there a couple of months ago (November) and the road was in good condition - a few patches of corrugations and sand drifts around Docker River but 90% smooth dirt

some photos here:

http://splashingpaintblog.com/category/western-australia/

Enjoy the trip
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Follow Up By: John L - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:32

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:32
sorry about that


http://splashingpaintblog.com/category/western-australia/
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Follow Up By: John L - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:33

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 18:33
Try again

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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 19:13

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 19:13
Its about a 1000klms so its all those things ,except for the tar.
I found the most treacherous things about it were the camber. If you get a flat tyre, it can be a bit hairy close to edges where its soft and gravelly.

The other part is that it can change very quickly,like any outback road.
Some sections are hard packed down clay and you can do 100kph,but its risky.

Dont go anywhere at night
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Reply By: retired rambler - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 21:36

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 21:36
thanks all for the info. I had heard all sorts of conflicting reports over the last year. Its good to get some positive feed back from those who have been there cheers......rambler
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