Gunbarrel and Great Central

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Has anyones done these recently? I am hearing horrendous tails of the road conditions. Any real and relevant feedback appreciated.

Thanks John
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Reply By: Silver Fox - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:11

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:11
Try ringing the roadhouses or Caravan Park in Laverton and Warakurna, (Giles). I found them helpful last year. Tjukayria roadhouse had a young couple from Darwin running it who were good value too. There's a good flat campsite 90 kms east of "Tj" too. Another ok camp is at S 24 51'.898 E 129 03'.724 "Kaltukatjara" 5 kms E of border. The road from Laverton to Warburton was perfect then. East of War' was horrible due to " funding delay from Canberra". Don't bother counting car wrecks for amusment. There are too many. cheers.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:33

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:33
Thanks for that

John
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Reply By: surfy53 - Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 18:19

Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 18:19
Hi John, are you heading out that way and when, if you are can you please post an update on the road conditions as we too will be heading west next month sometime.
Chris.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 23:24

Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 at 23:24
Will do,
Recent rain took out the road (Gunbarrel) just west of Carnegie' statiom, they managed to get through on motor bikes but the postie had to turn back on his weekly mail run.

Unless work is done we will head southon the back tracks to Cosmos Newbery and go east on the GCR from there. Latest info on the latter is that is very good to the NT border and the NT side is crappy - due to 'lack of federal funding' but it is only a couple of hundred to the tar near the Olgas.

Will post some info when we have crossed.

John
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Follow Up By: Pixellator - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 08:53

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 08:53
G'day Grumblebum
I read about recent Access Closure on several roads in the desert areas in the Westprint Friday Five yesterday.Westprint Friday Five
Have you experienced any such difficulties with Permits?
BobH
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Reply By: Silver Fox - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 07:06

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 07:06
Be aware there are a lot of mobs of camels around thereabouts. I had experiences of some drifting across the road in front and distracting one whilst more were coming at you from the other side of the road. Saw one juvenile which had collided with a vehicle. I don't think that would be similar to a wallaby strike. I also don't think the carcass would necessarilly go under a vehicle without a lot of noise etc. There is a nice view of the Olgas as you come over a rise heading east. safe travels & enjoy.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Pixellator - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 08:49

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 08:49
Hi Neil
Ain't that just the BEST view after all the dust and corrugations. I think the bitumen starts just around that corner in your bottom image.
Concur with the camels comment- definitely a camel:car ratio of about 100:1 !
All the best
BobH
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Follow Up By: surfy53 - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 18:53

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 18:53
Thanks for including the photo's. I bet you are having a ball. Is it starting to get cold in the evenings out there? The road conditions don't look too bad. Enjoy.
Chris.
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Reply By: Silver Fox - Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 23:44

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010 at 23:44
Forgot to mention the middle pic is of Len Beadell's blazed tree for the "Gunbarrel" and Rawlinson Range in view too.
That view of the Olgas was SOOOO good after all the corro's. The only downer was the huge number of b tourists at the Olgas and their annoying behaviour. Then all the signs of restrictions : "NO STOPPING" etc. One knows one is back into so called civilization..........
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Reply By: Frank Aus - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 04:47

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 04:47
Is there any updates on the Uluru to Giles and the Gunbarrel Highway??
I have a friend who is about to leave and do a little prospecting.
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 21:35

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 21:35
HI Frank Aus,
The Gunbarrel was closed last week and there is no fuel at Carnegie - track was washed out. I have heard that the Wiluna Shire may be putting a grader out skip grading (just the bad bits) on the Gunbarrel. The Great Central is open as far as I know. Its usually good from Laverton to the border and crappy the other side.

Mail man will do a run to Carnegie tomorrow so I may have more info soon.

Tell your friend to look out for our Bt as we also do a bit of prospecting. Our vehicle rego is 1CRY 001

Cheers John
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Reply By: Frank Aus - Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 08:50

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 08:50
Thanks for that John, I wish i could get the time off to go as well,
what sort of detector do you have? i have a 3500 and trying to work out something better for the batteries.
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 23:23

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 23:23
Hi there,
I am running an antique SD2200 - set up to run off a Lucky Lark Lith Iron battery (Reeds Prospecting in Perth).. I have to set to run at higher than stand voltages at around 7.3v. Its pretty good and recently found a 0.28 gram round bit at about 2"

It will only run mono coils a fairly quiet ground, I would laove a 4500 but cannot justify the $$ for the amount of time I spend detecting...... maybe when I find the bit 'gunna' bit.

I have had the Lucky Lark 12v battery for about 4 years it has never missed a beat and is far superior to the old lead 'bricks'

Cheers John
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