Talawana Track CSR - Parnngurr

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 14:42
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Hi all, can anyone advise what the general condition of the track is, how much maintenance is carried out on this section. We are doing the CSR and are weighing up getting a fuel drop or scooting out to Parngurr to top up with fuel and maybe spend some money locally.

Cheers Colin
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 14:54

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 14:54
Gidday

When I was out there three years ago corrugations between Georgia Bore and Parngurr (Cotton Creek) were right up there with the worst, possibly second only to those we experienced north and south of well 33.The Talawanna Track was only maintained as far as Parngurr. It's abt 130kms from there to Georgia Bore so that's 250km plus of corros you could avoid!

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Rocco
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 15:45

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 15:45
Would have to agree with rocco. If you want to spend money locally you can buy fuel at Kunawarritji.

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Val
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Reply By: Boags - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 16:41

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 16:41
Hi Cookie1
We were out there at the end of school holidays in October last year and the road to Parngurr from Geogia Bore is unmaintained very washed out and not really worth the effort. Best to get the fuel dump and keep heading north or south.

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Mandy
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Reply By: Member - Perry H (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 17:11

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 17:11
Plus last time I fuelled up at Parngurr it was $4/litre cash !! Nice place though.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 17:28

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 17:28
Great profile photo Perry.

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Follow Up By: Member - Perry H (NSW) - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:06

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:06
Thanks Mick, late afternoon Anne Beadell
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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 17:26

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 17:26
Colin, I believe that the Capricorn Roadhouse will be dropping fuel again this year after a brief hiatus. Speaking with them recently, they didn't encounter as many issues with theft of the fuel last year as they had previously but be aware that the theft of fuel out there is an issue. You can only secure it in 200 litre drums and cost may well be around $600 per drum. If you are considering the fuel drop, I'd ring Kate at the Capricorn Roadhouse (08 9175 1535) to ascertain drop times and make sure you time your arrival as close to the drop time as possible.

The Talawana down from Parnngurr is indeed a corrugated unmaintained track but the reality is, it's a lot less worrisome than the Canning heading north from Georgia Bore towards well 23 and it's only 61 km to the Parnngurr turn from where the road becomes a veritable highway. It traverses some interesting country on the way, particularly through the McKay Ranges and puts you within an hour of Tjarra Pool and some of the other Rudall Highlights (an hour or two more to Desert Queen Baths) which are always a great way to spend a couple of days unwinding after the pounding on the Canning.

Fuel supply at Parnngurr can also be problematic depending on the whims of local ceremony. Hopefully the administrators can offer you advice prior by a phone call (08 91769009) but even they are notoriously hard to catch. Prices for fuel are a shocker and I wouldn't be surprised to see them hitting $4.00 per litre this year (no joke) so ring and check.

Covered the track a couple of times in my blogs.


Talawana - Parnngurr to Georgia Bore 2009

Canning to Rudall on the Talawana 2007


Rudall east on the Talawana 2006


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