Skip's 4x4
Skip's 4x4

Darwin trip - July 2001

Trip Leader: Dwayne ("Mudslide")

Start date: Saturday July 6, 2001 (1st day of school holidays)

Duration: 3 weeks

Distance: 9000k approx.

Trip Summary: Drive from Perth to Darwin via the blacktop, then return via similar route.

Rough plan: This AWESOME trip is a big 9000k trip, travelling north via Newman to Broome (2 nights), then East to Kununurra (2 nights), East to Darwin where we will spend a week, and do trips to Kakadu and Lichfield parks (camping in the parks). Then back via similar route, except also taking in Tunnel creek, Winjana gorge, Wolf creek crater, Bungle Bungles etc..

Distance estimates - Entire trip:

Date & Time

Travel Description

Km Between
Towns/stops

Total Daily Kms

6 July 0400

Depart Perth Skips House

 

 

 

Travel via Great Northern Highway to New Norcia

137

 

 

Dalwallinu

120

257

 

Paynes Find

174

431

 

Mt Magnet

144

575

 

Cue

80

655

 

Meekathara

116

771

 

Kumarina

255

1026

 

Newman  (may camp on side off road before Newman)

166

1192

 

 

 

 

7 July

Depart Newman head to Nullagine

190

 

 

Shy Gap Turn Off to right (Marble Bar to Left)

100

290

 

Shy Gap

70

360

 

Sandfire Roadhouse (Back on Grt Northern highway)

120

480

 

Broome (Stay at Habbitat Resort for two nights cost 145 per night per couple)

240

720

 

 

 

 

8 July

Explore Broome

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 July

Depart Broome for Fitzroy Crossing

355

 

 

Halls Creek

296

651

 

Turkey Creek

161

812

 

Kununarra (May camp before Kununarra on side of road)

198

1010

 

 

 

 

10 July

Depart Kununarra for Timber Creek (cross border into NT)

228

 

 

Victoria River

91

319

 

Katherine

125

444

 

Darwin

321

765

 

 

 

 

11 July -

Explore Darwin

 

 

12 July

Sites to see Berry Springs, Howard Springs, Mindle Beach Markets (Thursday night)

 

 

 

Crocodile Farm, Fish Feeding at Darwin Harbor etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 July

Depart Darwin Head to Litchfiled National Park

96

 

 

Sites to See Pethricks Rainforest Camp? Wangi Falls, Blyth Ruins, Mt Tulmer

 

 

 

Lost City,

 

 

 

Tjaynera Falls (possible camp)

 

 

14 July

Explore remainder of Lichfiled including Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, etc

 

 

 

Head out of Litchfiled to Bachelor

23

 

 

Darwin

96

 

 

 

 

 

15 July

Explore Darwin Further

 

 

16 July

Sites to See East Point Military Museum, Gunn Point reserve,

 

 

 

½ day Barra fishing tour (approx. cost $60 per head or hirer own Dingy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Jul

Leave Darwin head for Kakadoo National Park (entrance)

178

 

 

Explore sites to Jabiru visit Jabiru visit centre

83

261

 

Explore Malabanibanjbanjdju, Burduba, Muirelia Park & Sandy Billabong to Jim Jim Falls turn off

52

313

 

Jim Jim Falls & Twin Falls 4 x4 only approx 2 hour drive (Camp Overnight)

57

370

 

 

 

 

18 July

Visit Coolinda and yellow waters (have to travel 57Km back up 4 x 4 track from JJ falls)

71

 

 

Barrumundi George

50

121

 

Gunolm Falls

89

210

 

Koolpin George (possible camp or continue out of Kakadoo)

18

228

 

PS Dwayne Birthday Hee Hee

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 July

Leave Kakadoo head to Pine Creek

86

 

 

Katherine

91

177

 

Continue to Mataranka

105

282

 

Head to Mataranka Thermal Springs for swim and lunch

10

292

 

If left Kakadoo on 18 July can camp at Elsey National Park 2km east of Mataranka

 

 

 

Head back to Katherine optional visit Cutta Cutta Caves on the way

115

407

 

 

 

 

20 July

Explore Katherine, do Katherine river George tour etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 July

Depart Katherine head to Victoria river

194

 

 

Timber Creek

91

285

 

Gregory National Park See Limestone George

25

310

 

Leave Gregory National Park and continue to Lake Argyle (camp in caravan park)

228

538

 

 

 

 

22 July

Depart Lake Argyle head to Warmun (refuel)

267

 

 

Bungle Bungle turn Off

53

320

 

Bungle bungle camp (all 4 x 4 will take approx 3 hours)

55

375

 

 

 

 

23 July

Explore Bungle Bungle National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 July

Leave Bungles head back out to highway

55

 

 

Halls Creek

110

165

 

Turn Off to Wolf Creek Meteorite

16

181

 

Wolf Creek Crater

141

322

 

Head back out to Great Northern highway

141

463

 

Turn Left towards Fitzroy Crossing (either camp on side of road before

272

735

 

camp on side of road before Fitzroy ? or stay in Fitzroy crossing

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 July

Leave camp head to Geikie George

21

 

 

Explore Geikie then head to Tunnel Creek

131

152

 

Explore Tunnel Creek then head to Windjanna George

35

187

 

Camp at Windjanna George

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 July

Leave Windjanna head to Derby

140

 

 

Willare Bridge

42

182

 

Roebuck Road house, head back & turn right to Sandfire Roadhouse

130

312

 

Sandfire Road house

285

597

 

Pardoo Road house, Turn left towards Shay Gap

138

735

 

Shay Gap

60

795

 

Eginbah

60

855

 

Nullagine

150

1005

 

Newman (stay in caravan park? Or on side of road before Newman

190

1195

 

 

 

 

27 July

Leave Newman head to Kumarina

166

 

 

Meekatharra

255

421

 

Cue

116

537

 

Mt Magnet

80

617

 

Paynes Find

144

761

 

Dalwallinu

174

935

 

New Norcia

120

1055

 

Perth

137

1192

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL DISTANCE

 

9013 Km

Fuel Cost Estimates...
WARNING: You may consume even more fuel than these estimates when your vehicle is fully loaded and also when driving off road! These estimates are based on the following assumptions:
1. Average price of fuel is $1.10 per litre (but may be a bit higher at some of the remote stations!)
2. Total distance of 9000k
3. Fuel economy average of 20% lower than normal round town driving.

Vehicle (manual transmission) Avg
MPG
Litres
/100k
Total
Litres
Cost
$    
Hilux T-Diesel 24 ~12 1080 $1188
Landcruiser / Patrol Diesel 17 ~16 1440 $1584
Mid-size V6 Petrol 4wd
(Jackaroo, Pajero, 4Runner)
15 ~18 1620 $1782
Landcruiser / Patrol Petrol 12 ~23 2070 $2277

Required: Must be fully self sufficient. All camping gear, adequate quantity of water and food, first aide kit, spare tyres and parts, etc. UHF CB Radio is a must (we use channel 10). Vehicle must be capable of more than 500k between fuel stops (fully loaded off-road driving!). You WILL be required to carry at least 1 x 20L jerry can. More details soon. Each vehicle must have a minimum of 2 occupants.

Recovery & safety gear: We already have snatch straps, air jack, ropes, shackles, shovels etc, but we still encourage everyone to bring whatever tools and recovery gear they have. We have an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon). Skip's vehicle has a CDMA phone with long-range antenna which will have coverage for a large portion of this trip. We will not need a Sat phone of RFDS radio on this trip.

Starters: 
Dwayne "Mudslide" & family (Pajero V6)
Alan "Skip" & family (Hilux turbo-diesel)
Cameron & Devra (Jilux surf turbo-diesel)

Paying deposit & Cut-off-date:
NOTE: This trip is by invite only. Accommodation for this trip in units and caravan parks has already been book, and so entry to this trip is now closed. If you are able to organise your own accommodation, then you may still be able to participate, providing you and your vehicle are able to meet our requirements for vehicle preparation (see below) and driving stamina! If interested, then please email Dwayne on  dkuipers@tycoint.com . At this stage, no deposits are required.

Scrutineering:
Vehicles will be subject to scrutineering, to make sure they are in top condition for this trip. The club reserves the right to refuse entry to this trip if the scrutineering conditions are not met. These conditions have not been finalised yet, but are likely to include such items as:

   

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