Traveling the Tanami

Submitted: Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 16:01
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G,Day all.
We have only recently completed the Tanami from Halls Creek Through to Alice Spring and found the road just over the border into NT the worst for about 60+ km the grader was working around the the Tanami Downs ( Quartz Ridge ? ) we towed a 21ft Tanami Trakmaster as of yet have still not seen any Camels and we are wondering if there are such animals in central Aust.

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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 16:47

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 16:47
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 18:29

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 18:29
G'day "H",

we did the Tanami Rd a couple of weeks ago and didn't see any camels.

We went over west by the Gary Junction Rd and saw about a dozen live camels and four, or five , dead ones, plus about a million camel tracks.

We heard on Maccas show, two weeks ago, there are over a million feral camels in Australia.

Here's alink to some facts - camel fact sheet

Hoo roo,
Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - " H " (VIC) - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 18:54

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 18:54
Hi,and thanks for your info I will now google more on those allusive dam Camels and where they Hide,,,,,,,!,,! ?

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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 23:19

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 23:19
Maybe the Tanami is a bit busy for them. We must have passed a dozen vehicles before Yuendumu.

It seems like you'll come across more camels south of there. Saying that, there's a lot of desert for them to roam about in. They wouldn't need to hang around the roads.

Hoo roo,
Steve.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 12:06

Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 12:06
There are plenty of them North of the Tanami too.....probably more south but when you get off the road a bit you come across a few.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 21:38

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 21:38
We didn't see camels on the Tanami either, but they were in plague proportions on the Great Central Road and also lots on the Gary Junction Road. They will step out straight in front of a vehicle and stop, or amble up the road in front of you to slow you to a crawl. They have done so much damage to the environment.

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Reply By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 18:26

Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 18:26
Rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!

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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 12:03

Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 12:03
"yet have still not seen any Camels and we are wondering if there are such animals in central Aust."
Yeah.......there are still heaps around. There has been a culling program but it is all a bit controversial.....
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 13:48

Monday, Oct 01, 2012 at 13:48
Just 2 weeks ago a vehicle hit one on the highway between Caiguna and Balladonia.

Another motorist had to dong it on the head with a hammer to put it out of its misery.

So they are closer to home than the Tanami.


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