Is the Tanami Rd a realistic option?

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 15:27
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Hello happy campers!

We are doing a trip across (Broome - Sydney) the top mid year and as we only have 9 weeks, bub and I are flying into Broome to meet hubby and the camper trailer.

We have been trying to work out the best way for him to get from Newcastle (3 hrs north of Sydney) to Broome. Can anyone tell us what the Tanami is like? We understand it's less distance but not sure what conditions would be like. We have a Prado with an offroad trailer. Hubby is taking his sister and brother along as extra drivers.

Any thoughts/ experiences would be appreciated.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 15:45

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 15:45
Plenty of recent Threads about the Tanami.

Use the Search function.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 16:44

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 16:44
Just another long bush road. It gets a fair bit of traffic, so it can get corrugated between grades.
We like the Gary Junction Road as an option. More remote, much less traffic, usually reasonable condition.

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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 17:01

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 17:01
If you do use the Tanami just remember to have plenty of fuel as the Rabbit Flat fuel oulet is closed.
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Reply By: outback epicurean - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 18:05

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 18:05
We went across last year in Prado and off road trailer. Plenty of corrugations on the WA side. Did a tyre on a rock. Make sure you have good tread to start with and keep pressure and speed down on rough sections. Not many good camping spots on the track so start looking for somewhere early in the afternoon. Sturt?? creek on the top end is a good spot but you will need somewhere between the end of the bitumen and there. Apparently there is a good camping spot on the LHS close to where the Rabbit Flat road goes to the right but we could not find it?

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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 20:55

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 20:55
I concur with Peter and Margaret's sound advice. The Gary Junction Road is in much better condition, and a shorter route to Broome. Plenty of re-fuelling options at the communities along the way. If hubby takes the best option to Alice Springs, west via the Gary Junction (either turning off near the start of the Tanami, or via the West MacDonnells and the Haast Bluff road) and on west as far a Marble Bar. Go north from Marble Bar on the Boreline road, which meets the NW Coastal Highway south of Sandfire Roadhouse, then on to Broome along the highway. Do NOT drive at night. It is hard enough to get the camels off the road in the day time, and they will step into the road right in front of you. If that happens at night, it could be very nasty.

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 08:59

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 08:59
Hi motherhen: how would that compare with going up to Dunmarra on Stuart hwy , murrangi stock route , buntine hwy to hall crk.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:46

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:46
The Buchanan to Top Springs and the Buntine are both OK.
It is just that terrible drive up the bitumen first. :-(

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 22:29

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 22:29
I guess if coming from Newcastle could come up through central Qld & table lands to Dunmarra Etc

might be easier & Quicker on the black top to get to broom ....

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Reply By: Britt A - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 06:37

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 06:37
Thanks so much for all your replies and advice. We will take a look at the Gary Rd Junction option. I must admit I'm glad its not be driving both ways!

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:04

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:04
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