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GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018

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GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« on: 14 March, 2018, 05:30:38 PM »
What: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond

Where: Olgas, Uluru, Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs, Finke Gorge National Park, Oodnadatta, the Painted Desert.
   
When: Pretty much the whole of August 2018.

Who:Anyone really

Trip Leader: Howezit (Graham Howe)

Terrain:
1 - Relatively Easy (Beginners)
2 - Moderate to Easy
3 - Moderate
4 - Moderate to Serious
5 - Serious and Endurance


Rating out of 5 will be?: “Moderate to Easy” for the most part, with a possibility of some “Moderate to Serious” in places if there’s any water about.

Distance: Approximately 6,500kms

Description: A full month trip starting with the Great Central Road, via Menzies and Lake Ballard (to check out Anthony Gormley’s “Inside Australia” statues) and visiting the Giles Weather Station before going through Docker River into the NT to visit The Olgas and Uluru. Then it’s via the Lasseter Highway and Ernest Giles Road to visit Kings Canyon before moving on along Larapinta Drive and the Mereenie Loop to the West Macdonnell Ranges and on to Alice Springs before looping back a little to visit the Finke Gorge National Park. Then it’s down the Stuart Highway before doing a small detour along portion of  the Oodnadatta Track, through Oodnadatta and the Painted Desert. Then it’s off to Coober Pedy, Kingoonya, down past Lake Gairdner to Wirrula. Then the long trip home along the Eyre Highway, enjoying the Nullarbor.

If only there was more time........

Car Limit:No limit

Dog Friendly:No

Disclaimer: "WPC and Graham Howe (Howezit) accept no liability for any loss, damage or injury to persons or property arising from your dog attending this trip. While all due care will be taken, no responsibility will be granted. If you or your dog act inappropriately whilst on the trip, you will be asked to leave"

Meeting Point: We’ll worry about that closer to the time

Meeting time: We’ll worry about that closer to the time

Comms: Primary: UHF CH 20. Secondary: UHF CH 18. But we’ll decide on that closer to the time.

What To Bring: Everything you need for a remote, extended trip.
 
Contact: Howezit

Please post here if you are coming along and PM with a mobile number. If we have your mob number we can check if you are running late and organise another meeting point. If you drop out late we can contact you and the rest of the crew can get moving instead of hanging around wondering.

Definites:
Howezit and Debbie (in camper trailer)


Maybes:


Newbies:


Guests:
2004 GU 4.2TD ST Ute, 3" Exhaust, UHF, Lightforce Spotties, BFG All Terrains, Steel Winchbar, Winch, Dual Batts, CC Ultimate IC, 4" Snorkel
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Re: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« Reply #1 on: 15 March, 2018, 08:55:29 AM »
The trip route.
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Re: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« Reply #2 on: 15 March, 2018, 09:18:25 AM »
You'll love it mate, pretty much the trip I did a coupla years back and wish I could come with ya.

Coupla suggestions.
Best Aboriginal Art (as in paintings for ya wall) I saw was at Warakurna (Giles) Roadhouse Gallery.
Prob 50% cheaper than anywhere else and some well known artists plus newbs, heaps to choose from.
Camping ground there was clean and quite nice as well.

I found Kings Creek Station quieter and more 'outback' to stay at than the Resort... but... the Resort is full on, with nightly band/entertainment and a couple of food outlets.
If you want to camp at the Resort get there early, gazillions of nomads descend on the place each arvo, fill the place up, do the walk next morning and bugger off.
After the 'suburbia' of Yulara I liked the Station much better

Painted Desert and Lollipop Lane was worth seeing IMHO. Best time is late/early lighting and you can stay at a Station just before the Desert if you want to do that as it can be late getting into Coober Pedy otherwise

Could fill pages with all the other things but 1/2 the fun is sorting it out yourself so will leave it at that
 
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Re: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« Reply #3 on: 15 March, 2018, 09:42:28 AM »
Best Aboriginal Art (as in paintings for ya wall) I saw was at Warakurna (Giles) Roadhouse Gallery.
Prob 50% cheaper than anywhere else and some well known artists plus newbs, heaps to choose from.
Camping ground there was clean and quite nice as well.
Yep.. gotta budget for some purchases there :)

I found Kings Creek Station quieter and more 'outback' to stay at than the Resort... but... the Resort is full on, with nightly band/entertainment and a couple of food outlets.
If you want to camp at the Resort get there early, gazillions of nomads descend on the place each arvo, fill the place up, do the walk next morning and bugger off.
The current plan is Kings Creek Station.

After the 'suburbia' of Yulara I liked the Station much better
Currently the plan is to forfeit the metroplitan area of Yulara for this free camp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWE4gW5Eyi8&feature=youtu.be

Painted Desert and Lollipop Lane was worth seeing IMHO. Best time is late/early lighting and you can stay at a Station just before the Desert if you want to do that as it can be late getting into Coober Pedy otherwise
Plan is to stay a night at Arckaringa. Is that the one?

Could fill pages with all the other things but 1/2 the fun is sorting it out yourself so will leave it at that
Yep, the more you research the more you find you don't have (will never have) enough time....
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Re: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« Reply #4 on: 15 March, 2018, 01:43:19 PM »
Archaringa... yes

Uluru Free Camp (real name Uluru Sunrise)... actually isn't a camping area.
It's a Day Use Only area... of course there are 24 hours in a day ;-)
http://wikicamps.com.au/showsite.php?id=84062&l=-25221140&photo=2016/276/7551779778.jpg
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Re: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« Reply #5 on: 15 March, 2018, 02:17:27 PM »
Uluru Free Camp (real name Uluru Sunrise)... actually isn't a camping area.
It's a Day Use Only area... of course there are 24 hours in a day ;-)
Yeah.. my alternative was to stay for free at Curtin Springs (84 km down the road) and travel in to Uluru as a daytrip.
I just don't like the idea of that overcrowded, overpriced camping at Yulara..
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Re: GCR Uluru West Macs and Beyond Aug 2018
« Reply #6 on: 15 March, 2018, 08:22:05 PM »
Lake Eyre is only a relative hop step and jump from Oodnadatta may still have water in it after all the rain that went through there.
Love to get out that way again. we will see how things pan out with Lesley