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We are flying into darwin & picking up our campervan and heading down to shady camp for a few days can the camp ground be access by a 2wd
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Reply By: daz (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:47

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:47
There 2 years ago

The road a bit rough but definitely OK for 2wd

Daz
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Follow Up By: stephen m1 - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:53

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:53
thanks daz will take it very easy
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:48

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:48
was an easy drive in the dry season last year, all but the last 15klms was bitumin and the rest was a good graded gravel road. i have no idea what current conditons would be like though, or how accessable it is at the moment.
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Reply By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:54

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 15:54
Hi Stephen It will all depend on how much rain they have had in the last few days, ring the Corroboree Tavern and should be able to let you know. Also do yourself a favour go to Bunnings and buy a Therma Cell Mosquito Repellent and a couple of spare packs of pads. The Mozzies will pick you up and carry you away, never mind all the diseases they carry.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 17:32

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 17:32
Good advice, Remember packing up at 2.oo in the morning once. Just chucked tents,camp gear and all in the boat and hightailed it outta there. MOZZIES LIKE F1-11,s.
Take plenty deet and flyscreen your camper trailer as much as possible. Residual repellant on the camper trailer canvas and screen.
Better to be over prepared than under prepared.
cheers and hope ya catch a barra.
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Follow Up By: stephen m1 - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 17:44

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 17:44
thanks guys str8 to bunnings in the morning.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:35

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:35
i don't remember the mozzies being a problem when we were there, though we were late in the dry season.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 18:55

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 18:55
Yep, two years ago it was a bit rough after the Bitumen but Ok for 2wd.
Go Slow is the Go

BE CROC ALERT.
I counted 27 near the Barrage one night using just a Dolphin Torch.

Good spot to catch a Barra though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 19:45

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 19:45
My son was there last year and caught quite a few good barra.
Even the crocs think it is a good place to catch a barra : )

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:40

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:40
only 27 crocs, must have been a slow night...lol
we lost count how many were there the night we stayed, it was like party lights on the water. hard to believe guys were standing on the barrage fishing in the dark with so many crocs there, even more amazing was the guys who arrived to fish there at night with thier young kids (about 10yrs old). they were throwing rocks at the crocs to chase them off the barrage so they could walk across to the other side, seeing the tide was in meant crocs either side of them whilst they were fishing. i myself was happy to fish from the barrage during the day with the tide out in the river behind me, that meant only crocs infront of me then....lol
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:45

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:45
MORONS.....That is the only word for these mindless dolts that take these ridiculous risks for a fishat the barrage. Then when is one killed there is an almighty uproar and people start demanding a croc cull. Would be better off culling these idiots, rather than an animal that is only looking after its domain.
Fish the barrage....but do it wisely.
Pity the cops werent there to see some of these people exposing their kids to this dangerous act.
Been here 20 years and the total ignorance shown by many southeners can be astounding. So can the complacency shown by locals who should know better.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:15

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:15
Bigfish posted


"the total ignorance shown by many southeners can be astounding"

You do know the vast majority of people taken by crocs are locals dont you?
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 17:41

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 17:41
That wouldn,t surpise me getoutmore...Thats why I also mentioned the complacency of locals.

The southeners are a little luckier as they often swim/wade/bathe at irregular times when visiting. Locals get too complacent and will often go to the same swim hole or get water from the same area day after day. Crocs are as cunning as and can recognise a pattern of behaviour..
Chaop I know lost a few fingers off his hand as for several days he went to the same waterhole and hanging onto the same branch each time would dip his water bucket into the water and fillit. After about the 6th time of doing this a 2 meter croc grabbed his hand and removed a few fingers.
I have been guilty of being a bloody idiot and fishing waist deep in the Magella Ck(kakadu). Wouldnt do it again...lot wiser now (plus heaps of beers made me braver then!!)

Ya just cant be too carefull around any water hole in the top end.
cheers
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 18:09

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 18:09
the first 2 guys fishing there in the dark were locals (we spoke to them before the sun set), they were adament that we were not to come down to the water with torches on if we came back to see how their fishing was going later in the night, as it would scare off the Barra.
the people who arrived around 10 p.m with their kids were a mixture of locals and Southerners. so there was more locals then non locals who were there on the barrage fishing in the dark.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 18:18

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 18:18
And that mate is the sort of behavior that will get you killed.
Idiotic locals behaving like that can give a visitor a real false sense of safety.

An idiot is an idiot, regardless of where your from.
cheers
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Reply By: Searay - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:35

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 20:35
Hi there Stephen,
Roads into Shady are in good condition at the moment. I came back from there last weekend, there is not a lot of water in the river at the moment due to it not being a very big wet season. I would take a lot of mossie and midgie spray as there are heaps out there. Good luck fishing
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