Buchanan Highway, Northern Territory

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:04
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This seems to be a short cut from the Dunmarra on the Stuart Highway to Timber Creek and then on to Kununurra. Has anyone travelled this road recently and can give information on the road condition.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:12

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:12
Several times, but not recently TrevorMR(WA).
It is just another graded gravel road. Can be a bit stoney between graders. Watch out for cattle trucks.
There are some nice camp sites in Jasper Gorge.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Curlynan - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:29

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:29
Hi Trevor, this is part of a friend's travel blog sent to me. The post date was 29 May 2010.

It Reads:
"Next day we headed up to the gravel road called the Buchanan Hwy which goes from Dunmarra to Top Springs then across to Timber Creek. The dirt road was fantastic and actually better than the bitumen. We travelled on the dirt for about and hour then found a gravel quarry and decided to bush camp. The sunset was great although rain clouds seemed to be building. During the night we had some heavy rain and when we got up the next morning everything was wet and the dirt had turned into mud which made an interesting pack up with red mud caked onto the bottom of our shoes like…mud cakes! But we got out of the bog and the road was still ok although there was a few boggy holes along the way. The country again was so green and the creeks were all running. We came up behind some drovers moving a mob of cattle to the next paddock so got to watch the stockmen in action. It was great to see they are still using horses and not trail bikes all the time."

Hope this helps.
We travelled the Buchanan H'way in 2006 and we really enjoyed it. We will do it again............

Cheers
Mish.
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Reply By: Happy Frank - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:42

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:42
This time last year the road was good.Jasper Gorge is very nice.
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Follow Up By: TrevorMR (WA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:15

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:15
Thanks for the info. We are going from WA accross the Central Road to Alice in a couple of weeks and then plan to return to the Kimberly along the Buchanan Highway.
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Follow Up By: Joe n Mel - Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 23:22

Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 23:22
You can turn LEFT at Top Springs and will go through Kalkarindji and come out near Halls Creek, the Buntine Hwy, also a nice drive, some good camping spots but you will miss Jasper Gorge as it is at the Timber Creek end...
It "sorta" goes through the bottom end of the Bungles...
Dont miss the "Daly Waters Pub" interesting stop over....... if ya go that way ..
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