Great central road

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we intend to travel the great central road from laverton to alice springs later this week , any update on road conditions would be appreciated.
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Reply By: The Hob - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 at 07:30

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 at 07:30
We did the Docker river road from the Olgas out to Lasseter's Cave (near Docker River) and back a couple of weeks ago.

It was very corrugated with odd patches of bulldust.

Need to travel slowly with low tyre pressure or evrthything will be shaken.

Alan
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Reply By: Maximus - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 at 20:26

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 at 20:26
We did it back in April. Lot of road work being done along the way. Road reasonable except for NT side. Very rough, so slow done and let tyres down. Docker River camping was quite interesting. Flush toilets in the middle of no where.
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Reply By: Sooty & Sue - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 at 23:57

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 at 23:57
Did the GCR over 3 nights from 28 April. The 40/50k's Ayers rock side of Docker River was very badly corrugated. The WA side was fine. Don't expert much out the Warburton and Warakuna Roadhouses and you won't be disappointed, the bathroom was especially bad - no pressure and not very tidy. The first roadhouse on the WA side from Laverton, starts with Tju.... is excellent. It is clean and tidy and the people running it are lovely, will even deliver cooked meals to the van for the right price. They also have two 14month old emus they have raised from chicks, they are entertaining especially if some one is silly enough to try to eat in front of them! :-)

Have fun and look out for all the burnt/wrecked cars on the side of the road! Giles weather station tour is worth doing at Warburton but you need to check the times.

John
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Follow Up By: Motherhen & Rooster - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 08:57

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 08:57
Hi John & Sue

We'll just look for your wwiiddee tracks.

Motherhen

Hoping to be heading out the Duncan Road in a few days time
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Reply By: Kiwi1 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 02:45

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 02:45
We did the GCR two weeks ago with a Phoenix. It's generally good from Laverton through to Warakurna, with patches of corrugations. Deteriorates on the way to Docker river but OK with tyre pressures and speed down. We ran some sections with our left wheels in the sand alongside the road. Long soft sandy sections after Docker river where you'll need low tyre pressure (we ran the van at 26psi) and to keep up your momentum. In some places it could be hard to get a heavy van going again if you had to stop. A low loader had been bogged just before we went through - he was retrieving a couple of dead 4wds when we saw him. Expect to find a few locals broken along the way - one lot had been there two days with no water (we fixed that) and no spare (we passed a message to the roadhouse).

The road edges are well marked from Laverton to Warburton, with a blue box every km or two. The local road authority puts their name on the boxes - "Stanley Fruity White Moselle", I think.

We took 5 days, camping roadside along the way so can't comment on the roadhouses - there's no traffic at night so nobody will bother you. The campsite 1km before Docker is a good one (especially after we spent an hour collecting and burning the rubbish that others had left behind) and worth staying a day or so - fireplaces, toilets and a (very) cold shower. The dingoes will howl you to sleep.

Watch out for camels: they'll watch you come to a standstill before deigning to step off the road. Somebody hit one at Uluru and wrote-off camel and vehicle.

Michael

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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 08:32

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 08:32
Hi Muddy and repliers

We will be returning to WA along the GCR eventually. If it sounds too bad then and if we are ahead of schedule, we could go via Gary Junction road. Well that is after we make it into NT. Looking promising - solar panels whould reach Kununurra tomorrow. After our loop around to Purnululu, we still plan to go via the Tanami.

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Follow Up By: Mobi Condo - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 19:07

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 at 19:07
MH - We are sure you will enjoy your Tanami experience just as we did - 50% tyre pressures all round (it what the fuel road train guys do) then we averaged about 35 - 40kph, but then we did have a good road for the majority of the trip.

It seemed to us like the bad corrugations are around the settlement in & out track junctions where one 'puts um foot down quick on the little pedal' to get to speed on exit or 'puts um foot down quick on the bigger pedal' to slow down to enter.

There was just so much to stop and look at and take a wander&ponder about that we wished had spent a week instead of just 4 days/3 nights doing the 1000 or so k. Birds, flowers, varying grasses, animals, vistas where we though twe would see the 'cavalry chasing the injuns' etc. All this mostly to your selves as well!
Have a great journey - Cheers - Ian & Sally
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Follow Up By: Motherhen & Rooster - Thursday, Jul 24, 2008 at 08:05

Thursday, Jul 24, 2008 at 08:05
Thanks Ian & Sally

It is amazing how much more you see, and how enjoyable the trip is travelling slowly watching the ever changing vegetation and seeing the wild life. We love outback travel.

Mh
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