On the road to Nhulumbuy

Submitted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:35
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Hi all,

Getting ready to head North again and part of the trip will be a visit to Nhulumbuy.

Just wondering if I can get some feedback on the road in and about Nhulumbuy itself. I know that the road is still closed by high rivers but am assured that it will be opened by the time I get to travel it - 2nd week in July. More interested in what I shouldn't miss along the way and those special things and places to experience.

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Reply By: Voxson - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:56

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:56
We have just completed this trip last year..... WOW...
If we didnt know somebody there we would have missed heaps..

The only place we missed was Cape Arnhem......

Save it for next time.

We visited plenty of places where we chose to stay for 3days at a time.

The properties we visited north of Nhulunbuy were almost the highlight..

I will look in later and fill in the gaps if there are any....
I have to blast...

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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 17:22

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 17:22
great place, pity most people seem to think they can see it in a week. How long have you got?
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 19:12

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 19:12
Lyndon,

Which place was your highlight?

I couldnt wait getting back to Goannas....
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 21:01

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 21:01
Lyndon,

Unfortunately we do have only a week but we tend to return to the places that appeal, ie the Daly River (again this year), Kulumburu, Mitchell Falls, Gibb R R (4 times) etc... Sounds like it could be the same again for East Arnhem.

Voxson I look forward to your comments.

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:56

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:56
Going to Arnhem land for a week is a bit like going to the Kimberly for a week, week spent about 7 or 8 weeks there in 2008 and would have spent a couple more had my partner not had a bad accident. As you can see from the lack of reply’s not many people go there. Wonga creek was one of our highlights as was the Koolatong river. Are you travelling with a boat?
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:09

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:09
Yes wonga was great...
We travelled by tinny from that campsite with the rope in the water which stops you being swept away, to all the way past those rocks where you and Chris caught those Barra,,,, then out to the mouth of the river and into Port Bradshaw...
I will never forget that sight....

Michael John,
If you only have 1 week then keep these names in mind,,,,, Wonga Creek , Goannas and Rocky Point....
Oh and Dhimuru to get the permits for Wonga Creek...
If you are ever near the beach at the closer to town spots then the sand flies are generally woeful..
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:04

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:04
I can't say I remember Chris catching any Barra?? :-) Has he been telling stories again? By Goannas do you mean Lattram?
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:38

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:38
Yeah, pretty sure....
Where that crystal clear water flows under those swinging ropes..

And should i say where you caught that Barra......

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Reply By: Hillbill - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 21:22

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 21:22
At the moment the Goyder river is still to high to cross, road is rough on the north end but grader is on the road repairing wash outs and holes.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 23:38

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 23:38
Thanks Andy,

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon NT - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:02

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:02
BIG TIP, don't camp at Deloway Bay(might be spelt different) you will be eaten alive. maccasan is great to camp and the wind keeps the bities away.
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:41

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:41
and when he says eaten alive,,, i dont think that explains it bad enough...

I sat up one night squashing sandflies for hours just from the amount that got in from opening the flap on tent entry....

I still have the squash marks on the laptop screen...
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Reply By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:28

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:28
Many thanks for your replies I have taken note of them all. No I'm not taking a boat this time where we are heading to along the way it will be too rough and only a hindrance. We can't always have it both ways.

Thanks again folks.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew H ( - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:39

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:39
Hi Mike ,
people have been crossing the Goyder River for about 12 days now.
Dont go through the middle its the deepist, currently from what i've heard is on the down stream side in the middle is a tree (paper bark) head towards that and then back to the road on the other side , skirting around the deep hole in the middle . If the chance arrives watch some body else go through.
Remember crocs in habit that river. Yesterdays report was that the current is still pushing/moving vehicles around .
Reports the little Goyder is boggy but no one stuck yet .
From the 200 km to Nhulunbuy area you could nearly put the cruise crontrol on.
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