Great central road

Planning on hitting the G Central Rd end of Feb.
Has anyone been over it recently.
We will be travelling Easrt to west.
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Reply By: Rod N - Saturday, Jan 21, 2023 at 19:12

Saturday, Jan 21, 2023 at 19:12
How much extra traffic on it due to the Fitzroy Crossing bridge damage and closure?
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 08:19

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 08:19
Hi Noelene/Peter,

I would be contacting the various roadhouses along the road and asking them. Warakurna, (Giles), Kaltukatjara, (Docker River), and Laverton might be able to give you some up to date information.

Given the recent wet weather in this region, and the fact that the Great Northern Highway is currently closed possibly forcing more traffic onto the GCR, it is not likely to be in great condition.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 12:09

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 12:09
In the 40's at Giles at the moment.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 08:29

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 08:29
Check out this recent report

Great Central Road travel report


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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 10:18

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 10:18
Are you trying to boost the membership on that link?

Can't read it unless a member.

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 10:32

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 10:32
Not trying to boost membership. The question asked was about road conditions on the GCR - an answer is at that site.

I hope I'm not breaking any rules from the site but this is what's said - but having copied it here I accept no responsibility for the info. Anyone using this info should check it and decide for themselves.

The liability issue bbuzz is why I didn't copy it in the first place.

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For anyone who is looking at doing GCR soonish and wanted a report
Just completed Laverton to Yulara today.
2021 SR Hilux towing a 20ft off road caravan.
Road conditions were average but did let our tyres down. There were good and rough parts. Couple of washed out (dry) bits just past Warburton but these are marked. Topped up at Laverton Diesel was 2.05 then we only stopped At Warakurna to fill up our jerry cans, Diesel was 2.90. Did rain a small bit just past Dock River.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 18:14

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 18:14
For those that are not FB users, how do you view Private groups?
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Monday, Jan 23, 2023 at 10:09

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 at 10:09
My point.

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Monday, Jan 23, 2023 at 12:01

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 at 12:01
Join Facebook and you will find some very valuable information and a lot more than here on the forum.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 16:46

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 16:46
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The trouble with FaceBook Stephen is that there is too much information on it. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 17:30

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 17:30
Allan, and a lot of it wrong and /or illegal.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 17:45

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 17:45
"Join Facebook and you will find some very valuable information and a lot more than here on the forum."

And by the time you eliminate all the rubbish there is not much left. The info here is more correct.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 21:02

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It all depends on what you follow Peter, and stick by what I say.
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Jan 27, 2023 at 07:29

Friday, Jan 27, 2023 at 07:29
I'm with Stephen on the usefulness of Facebook.

A question was asked, I provided info, and then I got all this crap about Facebook.

If you don't want to join FB that's fine but don't expect to get the info and don't shoot the messenger.

Makes me think I shouldn't have bothered helping out!

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Friday, Jan 27, 2023 at 08:03

Friday, Jan 27, 2023 at 08:03
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Now now Phil, they are just ….. "Humans being human’. lol


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Follow Up By: nickb - Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 00:18

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Facebook isn't much different to this forum, similar different personalities and questionable manners haha!!!
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Follow Up By: Briste - Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 09:10

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 09:10
+1. I'm as negative as anyone on the general merits of FB and it's usefulness for social discourse. Nonetheless, the FB groups discussing various remote regions and routes are a useful source of information on current conditions. You have to be prepared t filter out some noise, but that's certainly the case here as well.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 09:26

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 09:26
And one great Facebook group, Outback Yonder by EO Member Alan McCall has more information there than he posts here on ExplorOz.

You do not have to filter the information on his site, it’s always full of historical and useful information, so those that bag out Facebook, you are not on the right sites.

Same as my site, South Australia, Reflections Past and Present you will never find and crap on it, only very useful information and places to see and visit.
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Follow Up By: Briste - Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 10:12

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 10:12
Great tips Stephen! Thanks!

When I reluctantly signed up to FB over a decade ago (as the only way I could find to contact someone), I was impressed with its capacity to identify networks of people you may know. But I quickly came to realise that it's a poor way to keep in touch with friends, family, and acquaintances. And FB's insistence on showing you things that yo might be interested in based on its algorithms is mostly very annoying and rarely useful. I've no idea why it suddenly thought that I was interested in Elvis Presley!

IMHO the power of FB lies in its groups. With the demise of Yahoo groups, it's a useful source of special interest groups. I'm bemused that people complain about the low signal-to-noise ratio of FB, and yet tolerate it on forums like this one. Getting this back on topic, the GCR FB group is a useful source of relevant information. Show me a better one.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 10:20

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 at 10:20
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Briste, the FB algorithm probably believes EVERYONE is interested in Elvis Presley.
He hasn't 'left the building'!

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 13:37

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 13:37
If the road is open, that is all the information you need.
More info will generally be conflicting and in any case it will only affect how fast you drive and who cares about that?
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Reply By: Rod N - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 15:10

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 15:10
Check out this site Tjukayirla Roadhouse
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Reply By: Member - David M (SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 16:35

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 16:35
Laverton. Just got in from Alice. Like the wooden wheels.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim S1 - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 17:04

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 17:04
Wow ....... now that IS old. What a beauty.

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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 14:37

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Cool photo! But judging by the warm clothing, perhaps it wasn't snapped recently. ;)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 16:49

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Wonder if the driver had any fillings left in his teeth? lol

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 17:57

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 17:57
We were up in Mossman when a mob of model As and model Ts rolled up. They came from Adelaide in a fairly straight line. They had a few support vehicles with them. The only vehicles that required repairs were the support vehicles.


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Reply By: noggins - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 21:40

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 21:40
The modern "Must Have 4WD er" never seems to recognize that is how the country was developed,
Machines like the "T" and the later "A" model and Chev "4 -6" were the go-to transport of the time.
So unlike the general vehicles of today.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 at 22:54

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That was in the days before 4WDs arrived and the cowboys cut the roads up proving they could get through in any weather.


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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 14:50

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 14:50
It won't help you at the moment, but going on the current Great Northern Highway issues and the cutting of the Eyre Hwy and the transcontinental railway a while back, just maybe there will be added pressure to seal the GCR.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jan 27, 2023 at 07:56

Friday, Jan 27, 2023 at 07:56
Possibly Phil, but the sealed sections of the Great Northern Highway, and the Cape Leveque roads didn’t help much in the recent rain events. Granted, these events are generally few and far between, but they seem to be more frequent of late.

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