Re: Tanami Desert Road

To: Jonathan K <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Re: Tanami Desert Road
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 06:18:25 +0930
My concern with driving many cars in remote areas is that in the case of a
breakdown, few mechanics would be able to fix them.

A South African birder who recently stayed with us told me that her car was
immobilised by a faulty alarm system.  The problem was that she was in a
park in Namibia.   She was completely out of mobile range and, of course,
couldn't get out of the car because of the lions!

Once in Arnhem Land a steering rod came loose.  We fixed it ourselves with
parts from a wreck on a nearby deserted outstation. However, until that
chance discovery we were preparing to cut pegs out of hard wood and tie them
in with bush string!   We hoped that would get us to the nearest inhabited

on 27/1/08 12:28 AM, Jonathan K at  wrote:

> You'll get up there no worries, I drove it recently and would class it as one
> of the best dirt roads
> in Australia. Although it's not isolated (in season) it always pays to have
> some supplies in case
> you've got to sit out a spell of weather.
> Camping areas that aren't visible from the road are a bit scarce (I dislike
> camping in view of
> roads), I can fill you in on a couple of spots if you're planning to camp.
> Forester's are awesome little cars for short trips. I've seen them in quite a
> few areas that people
> would class as "4wd only" destinations. The best place I've seen one was in
> Purnululu at the
> beginning of the season when the river crossing was 600mm deep, though I would
> guess that the driver
> was familiar with the crossing.
> Jonathan
> ps. Someone mentioned getting somewhere without tyre deflation, quite often
> it's done for the
> longevity of the tracks rather than traction
> pps. montecolina bore is on the strzlecki track (Australia's second best dirt
> road :)) 
>> Gooday birders
>> Can anyone out there tell me if it is possible and safe (or suicide) to
>> drive a Subaru Forester along the full length of the Tanami Desert Road.
>> My next RFI may be for Princess Parrot info so then you will see where
>> this and the swag info is going.
>> Greg Little
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