Driving East to West

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 15:04
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Hi guys! We are planning to spend to winter months crossing the country from the Easternmost point at Point Byron to the Westernmost point at Steep Point. Has anyone done this? Do you have any useful tips or advice? We are in a 78series Troopy with OME suspension, and we have an offroad camper trailer. We are well equipped with recovery gear and spares, and we carry a UHF radio, sat phone and CDMA. Where should we visit? Where should we avoid?
Thanks for your help.
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Reply By: Member - Mal (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 15:53

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 15:53
Try this: The rocks at the base of Byron Bay lighthouse (bottle of Champagne), Tenterfield, Cunnamulla, Innamincka, Birdsville, Simpson Desert (all six tyres at 15psi), Alice Springs, West Macdonalds, Ayres Rock, Warburton, Gunbarrel Highway, Wiluna, Canning Stock Route, Halls Creek, Broome, Exmouth, Carnarvon and Steep Point.(12th bottle of Champagne). We have done all of this except the CSR which we will do later this year.
We sometimes have a bottle of champagne at BB rocks even if we are going nowhere.
You can use the trip planing service on this site work out your itinery. I'm betting you will be home late. If you want to work out some shortcuts, get back to me.

Do you live on the east coast or the west?


Mal T.
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Follow Up By: Member - Anne - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 16:22

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 16:22
Dear Mal,

Thank you for your advice - we had a great time following your track across the map. We may well follow your suggestions, as it takes us to Broome as well! I agree that starting with a bottle of champagne is a very good idea, but I think I might be on more than the 12 th by the time we arrive at Steep Point! Do let us know your shortcuts.

You may be surprised to hear that we live in Adelaide, but we are starting our travels in the Victorian High Country for Easter, which is why we are travelling that way. We should see a wide variety of landscape.

Happy travelling
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal (Brisbane) - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 11:02

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 11:02
Dear Anne,

"Shortcuts" is perhaps the wrong word! Other ways of getting there, perhaps. Byron, Toowoomba, Winton, Kennedy Development Road/ Plenty Highway, Alice Springs, Tanami Road, Halls Creek etc.

..........Warbuton, Leonora, Wiluna, Meekatharra, Carnarvon etc.

..........Wiluna, part of Canning to Well 24 or Well 33 and take track to the West.

To get to the rocks below the lighthouse you drive up towards the lighthouse and turn left to Wategos Beach on the northern side of the headland and you can then either walk around the rocks from the beach or there is a proper track/boardwalk just up from the eastern end of Wategos. Keep in touch. We might come and have a bottle with you. It's one of our favorite places.

We're leaving Brisbane in August to do the Canning. We havent worked out the route to and from yet but it will include Steep Point, an incredible place.

Have a great trip Anne,

Mal T.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 17:17

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 17:17
Maroochydore to Carnarvon Nov 98. Sadly, early rains thwarted much of the early part of the trip and we had to stick to bitumen: Mt Isa,Tennant Ck, Alice. Once it dried out we headed west through Haasts Bluff, then joined Mereenie Loop, Docker River, GBH, Wiluna, Meekatharra, Gascoigne Junction, Carnarvon. Then south along coast to Perth.
GBH is tough going - much harder than dune country. See dentist before you go :-)
Spend time around Alice if you haven't been there before. Also Uluru/Kata Tjuta will blow you away, even if it is overun with tourists.
The main thing is not a series of specific attractions, but rather the isolation, vast emptiness, and stunning landscapes. When the corrugations are shaking the car to pieces just pull over, go for a walk and appreciate where you are.
Make sure you sleep out in the open so you can appreciate the night sky.Bob
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Reply By: Karen & Sam - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 10:33

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 10:33
HI Anne

We are also intending doing some travelling from the beginning of May and are seeking another vehicle to do the CSR - would you guys be interested in hooking up sometime in May/June to join us travelling either way?

Karen & Sam
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