Originally Posted by rkwpjv
Cheers John, we will be towing a Jayco Outback camper, I am reading up on the trip lots and taking note of spares to carry, like filters. Also trying to track down a second spare wheel for the trip. Can't wait though!!
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By August as Ally mentions, the road could be fairly cut up and corrugations might be an issue. To some they may be horrific - others will blast over them - read my 2012 post.
Peak season means campgrounds are busy and best to be parked up early particularly if you want to find space for a van. Don't plan on free camping - it is very limited now, and the road is mostly fenced.
Depending on your plans you could go in from the East and park up at El Questro - the road is bitumen to the turn off. Leave the van there and from ELQ you can loop out to the Pentecost and check out Home Valley and back in the day.
Then revert back to the highway, do the Bungles (single axle vans are allowed in but better to leave the van at the CP at the entrance) - it is doable in and out in the day. A little tent and a bit of gear from the van will allow a night or so away for time to explore.
Go up to Fitzroy Crossing and turn north 43k past, do Tunnel Creek and park the van at Windjana, then loop in from the far end to Bell and the other close gorges.
Doing this you'll have done a big chunk of the Gibb and seen the major sites without missing a great deal or compromising the van.
If you plan to go to Drysdale or Kalumburu or Mitchell thats another story - definitely leave the van at Drysdale Station. Mornington will be a long dusty drive.
Expect lots of dust anyway.
If you haven't been up that way before allow time to stop a couple of nights at Parry Farm near Wyndham and drive the old convict road.
At the Derby end - fish and chips and beer o clock on the jetty at sunset is a must.
So much to do and so little time……..