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    Camping on the Tanami Track

    Planning to drive from Alice Springs to Halls Creek next June. Thinking about doing it over 3 days and two nights, camping (tent only), at Renahans Bore and Wolfe Creek Crater. Would appreciate any advice if this is a good plan or are there better spots.

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    Wolfe Creek ok. Don't know about the other one but there are plenty of spots just off the road in clay pits dug for road base. Camp well clear of Tanami mine. Too bad about Rabbit Flat closing as it was at a good distance from AS.

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    We were up that way at the end of July.

    Stayed at Renehans Bore - you can get a fair way off the road by going back in behind the A frame so the road noise isn't too bad. There were a few road trains at night going up to and back from Newmont Mine.

    If you are late getting away from Alice Springs, try in behind the ruins of Mt Doreen - there is a waterhole about 1 km in when going in on the southern access track. GPS co-ordinates are 22.2.48.00S; 131.19.55.00E.

    A couple of years ago we found a good spot in a gravel pit on the western side of the road just south of Mt Tanami. The co-ordinates for this were - 20.1.56.52S, 129.44.30.45E

    We were lucky at Wolfe Crater, they had one side of the road graded on our way in and all the road graded on the way out. Usually, it's real bone shaker.

    Don't forget to stop at Newmont Mine - you get internet coverage in the vicinity of the mine!

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    Also if you do get stuck on the Tanami Track near the mine fitters can come help in a break down situation. You will also get internet access near the village. But you can not go to the village as it is beyond a security checkpoint. (I know i used to work at that mine site and had to go out once on a break down, it was easy 20l of diesel for them and they were on there way)

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    G'day Jim,

    There's also Floodout Creek Campground at -21.804818, 131.177503 at least there might be some water near by in the creek.

    Cheers Gaz
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    What surprised us a few years ago was actually how few spots there were on the western part. Some good pointers here, and another one a few km west of Balgo turnoff on the north of the road that leads up a few hundred m to a gravel pit. A scamper up to the nearby ridge for sunrise is well worth it.

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    We stopped at Renahans Bore and Wolfe Ck July this year, both good sites and as stated up the back at Renahans Bore is the best spot. We did see a few people camped on the northside of the road at some of the clearings as well but usually in groups probably for security. Don't bother with fuel at Yuendumu as it is dodgy, fuel at Tilmouth Well is OK but was $2.35/lt and at the other end at Billiluna was $2.60/lt. its about a 3 hour drive from Billiluna to Halls Ck where the fuel is a more reasonable at $1.45/lt.
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    You needed fuel Richo? Should have slowed down a bit, like that is going to happen.
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    I'm planning a trip to the Tanami, and I was wondering about how safe it is for a solo traveler? Will most likely be stopping at Renahans Bore for the evening

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen97 View Post
    how safe it is for a solo traveler?
    You're not from 'round these parts, are ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushbasher View Post
    You're not from 'round these parts, are ya?
    Is that you "Mick". I thought you were dead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushbasher View Post
    You're not from 'round these parts, are ya?
    No, hence my question

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