East of the Alice

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 16:53
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Hello everyone, just starting to research for a trek next year. Planning the east MacDonalds. We have a few questions that would appreciate if anyone can answer them please. We have an offroad pop top van. We would like to visit Chambers Pillar, Glenn Annie Gorge area, Trephina Gorge, N'Dhala Gorge and maybe do the Old Andado track. Wondering if the off road van would do these areas or not. The van is 5.35m or 17"6". Towing with a Nissan patrol 4.2 Appreciate your comments. Many thanks everyone. Greg & Dianne
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Reply By: Hairy (WA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 17:03

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 17:03
Glenn Annie is the only place you would have trouble. It all depends on the river conditions at the time, but I definately wouldnt advise it!

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Follow Up By: Greg & Dianne - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:05

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:05
Thank you for that. So we would be able to camp at Trephina or else where and then travel into Glen Annie?
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 10:50

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 10:50
Yeah. You could camp at Trephina but its a fair drive in to Glenn Annie from there.
You would be better off camping at Arltunga and day trip from there.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:50

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:50
Dead easy access to Trephina - lovely place too, but suggest get in mid morning - places for vans quite limited. As for N'Dhala Gorge - was there a year or three back and access was straight forward for a good fourbie (tight track in and quite sandy) but any van would have been out of the question then.... seems the track in there would change year to year, after it is re-established by staff, post floods etc...... a phone call to the ranger would be an idea (we've had good info from staff in that region).
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 20:45

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 20:45
We drove the track from Mt Dare to Old Andado and back a week or so ago. It was not the place to tow anything less than a full offroad van like a T van or a Kimberley Kamper. The corrugations would shake any other suspension apart. It was worse than the Oodnadatta track which claimed four so called off road vans that we passed in one day. And yes we asked to help. They did not even have radios.

Best check with Jeff at Mt Dare about the Old Andado Track when time gets close.
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