Which way to go???

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 13, 2007 at 21:43
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Looking for help on which way. We are not sure which way to go on our next trip. Leaving Perth early April to go around Aus. Our plan 1. was to go via North and would be in NT around mid May. Have been there in July and it was great. However is the NT and the Gulf still too muggy. too many sandfles etc. and still a bit too wet from April rain. We are also thinking of going across the Savannah. Would that still be a bit wet.
Our plan 2. is to go across the bottom and be in SA and Vic around May/June. Too wet and cold ? or is it better around September, Our plan is April to approx. October for full trip. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... We are very flexible, just want to give the new BT a real run.
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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 00:43

Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 00:43
G'day Barrie,

Mid-May is a good time to start in the Kimberly's and NT because wll the waterfalls are running, By mid June Jim-Jim falls in Kakado would probably be dried up. By July Gunlom Falls are probably dry. There is only a small window in the Jim Jim Falls season. They don't open the road until the water over the falls has dropped significantly since the wet and then there's only about 2 or three weeks before it stops altogether. Gunlom Falls is much better anyway, the swimming pools at the top of the falls are spectacular. The camping area is good too. Some of the Falls in Litchfield will also dry up. Try to get to Surprise Creek Falls - the road in from the south is unsuitable for BT but if you camp at Daly River (Mango Farm is best) it's easy to make a day trip to Surprise Ck.

If you do Plan 2 you will strike some cold weather, particularly in Adelaide Hills, Grampians, Great Ocean Road, and of course, Melbourne, and the Victrorian/NSW Alpine regions. It can be frosty cold inland from the Murray, through the tablelands to across the Qld border around Stanthorpe.

I reckon Sept-Oct is too late for the Gulf, NT and Kimberly.

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Follow Up By: Maximus - Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 02:25

Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 02:25

Thanks. We have done most of the areas you mention in July and yes, waterfalls were finished, What are the roads like in May, and sandflies are they a real problem then. Have you done the Savannah ?
If we went this way we would end up in Vic/SA around Aug/ Sept. what is it like then. Better than May/June?? or similar.

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Reply By: Cargra - Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 17:29

Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 17:29
G'day Barrie,

Agree with Tellem re timing as we did the lap last year anti-clockwise from Gympie and found we should have stayed up the top in the latter part of the trip.
We had to wait in Townsville area for 3 weeks in April before it looked like a possibility to get to our target area of the Roper river. Finally got in early May but only from the Mataranka end, Savannah way from Borooloola was still closed.
We have plans to go to Eyre Penninsular in March then up the centre as soon as our spy at Pine creek advises roads open to Roper as we want to load up on Barra again. Hopefully the Savannah way will open by the time we are sick of the Roper then we will follow the gulf track back to Qld. We have done the section between Borooloola and Burketown before and found no problems with sandflies till you get to around Normanton but that's par for the course.
Safe travels, may see you up there.

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Reply By: Silver Fox - Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 22:24

Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 22:24
Just my two cents worth. I visited Jim Jim Falls 4th. July last. The walking track was closed to the falls pool. However I "missed seeing the sign". The walking track was very hard going over large boulders but worth the effort indeed. The last section of road from the good looking camp ground was "4x4" through a few creeks with approx 20 cm water. Easy really. Gunlom visited 19th. July as previously stated a beautiful place. Ranger is proficient and his park is very good. The road in is one of the worst encountered if one is unlucy enough to be before the grader. Apparently according to the grader driver the road in is a Govt controlled and the last bit a N.P. responsibility. The top of the falls is a "must see". My daughter seemed to classify it as a near to a religious experience. I was at Adels Grove in late May and departed there south to Camooweel due to roads impassable north. The message is really. Check locally as close to your travel timing as weather is the key. My trip in 2006 was greatly affected by the late cyclones right across the north of Aus. Rainfall was e.g. on Mitchell Plataeu WA 150% over a good year. The Gulf got records too. The Victoria River had some record. A cyclone went through Arnhem Land 25th April. Hope this is of some use. cheers, Neil.
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Reply By: Jaunty Jordans - Friday, Jan 19, 2007 at 09:20

Friday, Jan 19, 2007 at 09:20
Hi Barrie,
Last year we had a very late Wet, and in particular the super storm/cyclone named Monica had a huge effect on parts of the NT not normally touched by cyclones.
We have arrived home in the Top End just tonight and have never seen it as wet down the middle as it is now. Th Stuart Highway is cut north of A.S. and was only reopened this evening to 4x4s only.
It is worth checking closer to your departure date and having an alternate plan in case, it may be that we get loads of water now and none (well, less) for the next 3 months or it may be that this year is a super Wet where rain continues into almost early June.
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Follow Up By: Maximus - Saturday, Jan 20, 2007 at 03:32

Saturday, Jan 20, 2007 at 03:32

Thanks for the good info. I assume you live in the NT and therefore if ok with you can I send you a note close to our departure to see how things are.

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