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Hi all, the Qldrrr's are at Yulara and looking to start the Tanami Track out of Alice within the next 4 days, watching the weather with fingers crossed, has anyone done it within the last week or so and can offer any advice as to current conditions. To date in the last fortnight or so we have crossed the Donahue / Plenty from Boulia, to Alice, West Macdonnell's, Meereenie Loop, Finke River (Palm Valley), Kings Canyon and Yulara to date - what a trip! thanks all and keep safe.
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Reply By: Voxson - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 09:32

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 09:32
Tanami Road
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Section Affected
Between Tilmouth Well and Western Australian Border

Type of Restriction
High Clearance 4WD Only

Details of Restriction
Water Over Road

Motorists are advised to drive with care.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:57

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:57
An alternative route, if the Tanami west of Rabbit Flat is not good, is to turn north at Tanami gold mine and go up through Lajemanu and Kalkarindji.

PROVIDED THE CONDITIONS ARE DRY, the drive is excellent.

You can get fuel at Kalkarindji and go to Halls Creek either from there or a bit further north at Top Springs.

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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:25

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:25
G'day Qldrrr.
When you get to the abandoned station Mt. Doreen ruins, take a few pics for me. I lived there in 1957/8. Should still be few of my little plastic cowboys and indians in the dirt somewhere :-)

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:53

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:53
2 weeks ago , we drove the 210km N.West tip of that road to Halls crk from Bililuna and it was closed at the time to Alice.

Lot of mud water ruts and holes , but it was then re-opened , then closed etc.

For us it was just to be a transport stage drive from Halls to Alice and we had allocated 2 days to get to Alice.

We choose the longer but surer route on main highway via Katherine.

At 2000km + it sure is longer but with 130km speed limit and no road issues
it turned out to be faster and easier and as I hadn't done it before, a few short tourists stops like Victoria river etc made it a good choice for us after beating up the car for 10 days on the Canning Stock Route.

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Reply By: Member - Greg H (NT) - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 16:47

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 16:47
It hasn't rained this way for about 2 weeks now so the roads should be drying out. Keep in mind that the mines need fuel so the roads will be opened as soon as they can and the graders will be on them also. People are travelling on the Tanami now.

Have spoken to Yuendumu, road open, graders are onto it, rough in areas.

If in doubt give Rabbit Flat a call or Yuendumu.



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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 17:12

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 17:12
There was rain forecast for Wed, Thurs, and Friday and they have now forecast storms for tonight. Id play it by ear at this stage.

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Follow Up By: Member - Greg H (NT) - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 21:11

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 21:11
Are we talking about the Northern Territory where it is supposed to be blue skies, warm weather and no rain, or is it that other Territory called ummm ACT!!?? I suppose there is an election on its way so that is probably why the weather is stuffed!!

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Reply By: Member - TJ (VIC) - Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 17:17

Monday, Jul 26, 2010 at 17:17
I was in alice a fortnight ago when it re-opened and we dodged it and headed for Katherine. A guy behind us in the CP had come down it whilst it was closed. I heard two others talking who had as well. The WA end was not closed so they just kept on going over the WA border and into Tilmouth Well. Two 4wd's travelled together and had to assist each other with recoveries as well as coming across the bloke camped behind us who they had to recover as well. When it was opened it was opened to all traffic and we saw B-Doubles turning off out of Alice on our way past on the Saturday when it had opened on the Friday.

The guys I spoke to said that there were sections where the water was over the track for hundreds of meters. It should be all dried up by now but considering the damage that may have been done to it I reckon it would be fairly chopped up. Just my thoughts.

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Follow Up By: wendys - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 14:41

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 14:41
Obviously if there were stupid idiots determined to travel on it when closed, there WILL be damage and it WILL be chopped up and rough! Why do these clowns think that roads are closed in the first place? They should have waited at the border for it to open, or else turned back - that is the responsible and unselfish way to travel.
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Reply By: Member - TJ (VIC) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 15:12

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 15:12
No argument from me Wendys, but I think the problem is that no-one drives out to the WA Border from the NT end to put a sign up saying road closed. It is possible that people inadvertantly access the NT side if the track from WA thinking it's open.

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