Trip from Alice Springs To 80 Mile Beach

Submitted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 07:10
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After the Birdsville Races in September I want to go across from Alice Springs to Broom via the Gary Junction Road and Kidston Track. It is about 1900 kms I believe and will take about 7 days. I don't want to risk it in a single vehicle convoy as this would be irresponsible.

Is there anyone out there who would like to do the same trip?

From there (340ks south of Broome) I will be heading North to Broome, The Kimberleys then down through Victoria River Downs before going across to Lorella Springs, Borroloola and back to Townsville via the Savannah Way.

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 09:19

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 09:19
Brian
If you get no takers, instead of driving the Kidston Track, just continue on the Telfor Mine Rd, and before Marble Bar you sould turn right on Shae Gap Rd. You will pop out near Sandfire Roadhouse.
That is (should be) an easy single vehicle run.
Just do your homework, carry a few spares and take your time and everything shoould be OK ..
Not Done the Kidston Track,... That part may be a different story.

That's not a bad road (or at least it was reasonacle in 2009)
There are Communities out there, that will offer advice.

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Follow Up By: Member - maccax7 - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 13:41

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 13:41
Thanks much guys . Yea I looked at the Telfor Mine road before and am leaning that way now.

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:46

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:46
Hi Brian,
if you are interested you can see Mick O's video clip (Kidson Track) from June 2009 HERE
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Follow Up By: Member - maccax7 - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 15:24

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 15:24
Thanks Fred, great clip.
Yep as above i am pretty sure i will skip the Kidston.

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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:36

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 18:36
G'day, was out that way a year or so ago, single vehicle supporting four motor bikes, a fairly easy run, lots of overgrown patches, so if you don't like scratches, maybe look at the Telfor Rd. Enjoy your trip. John
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Follow Up By: Member - maccax7 - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 20:58

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 20:58
Hi John, how was the Gary Junction Road?
Much traffic?

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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 22:19

Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 22:19
G'day, from memory I don't think we saw anyone on that stretch, certainly not many. John
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, May 28, 2012 at 17:26

Monday, May 28, 2012 at 17:26
Hi Brian

If you are not into adventure travels, i can thoroughly recommend the Gary Junction from Alice Springs either leaving via the West MacDonnells and Haasts Bluff (bluff itself, not the community) or leaving from the start of the Tanami. The Boreline Road north from just west of Marble Bar is also an easy and lovely drive. I have 2009 blogs in MyBlog on the Gary Junction Road and have also done the Boreline in an earlier trip, both with a caravan. Less traffic means less corrugations. Very scenic drives.

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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 21:40

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 21:40
Hi Brian,

we are travelling the Gary Junction Rd and Kidson Track to 80 Mile Beach in early July with friends.
If you go that way you have to get permits from Central Lands Council, NT, and WAITOC for the WA section.
NTpermit is done straight away on the website. We are still waiting for the WA permit because it is a "restricted"road and they have to talk to someone somewhere about something sometime.

If you haven't looked at Mick O's video of the Kidson Track yet I addvise you to do that. It will give you a really good idea of what the track is like.

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