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Stuey

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When I was heading home from our weekend camping trip I saw a 490 driving down the highway heading to Darwin. Didn't get to see what state they were from. Anyone on the forum in Darwin at the moment?

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Hey Stuey

Can't help with the 490 near Darwin. But I was pulling out of our street in Alice the other evening heading to work only to see a 4X4 pulling out from the Gap View with a Conqueror in tow.

Have spotted heaps of Conquerors in and around Alice the last couple of months. Good to see them visiting the NT. With a bit of luck mite be able to catch up with one of the conqueror family one day. Maybe around a camp fire.

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Hi DTKK

Sorry for not contacting but we were in the Alice on 2,3 August but since a couple of other people in our convoy had a number of issues to resolve in only 2 days, we were a bit flat out, so did not contact.

We are now back in Canberra after about 13,000K.  Great trip, Canberra, east coast to Port Macquarie, Katherine, Kununurra, Gibb River road, Mitchell Falls, Horizontal Falls, Cape Leveque, Purnululu, Wolfe Creek, Tanami to the Alice and back home. Total trip 15.08 L/100K, Prado plus 490 TVM just under 5 Tonne.

490 behaved beautifully all the way and on some of the roughest roads we have ever encountered, way worse than the Central Arnhem highway (not counting Gibb River road and Tanami which are very easy).

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Hi DTKK

...east coast to ... Katherine, Kununurra, Gibb River road, Mitchell Falls, Horizontal Falls, Cape Leveque, Purnululu, Wolfe Creek, Tanami to the Alice and back home...l


My wife and I are planning a 3-4 month round trip from Brisbane up through the Kimberley next year. I was wondering if you came across any places unexpectedly that you hadn't heard about beforehand but which you wish you had of and/or that you had spent more time there?

And any general advice or suggedtions? We're planning on leaving home mid-May and getting home mid-August or so.
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Hello Stuey,

It might have been us, we camped down near adelaide river on the weekend
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Hi Doc

There wern't any new places that we missed but we were a bit dissapointed with Cape Leveque. 

VERY rough road (100k and makes Gibb river road look like a super highway) in and not too much at the end.  At some of the beaches you had to pay to get access, others you needed a permit. We booked at the Cygnet bay campsite, $45 for a powered dusty site (ours was 20 metres from their service area with traffic starting at 6am?).  They had a pool (1 k away from camp site) but no real access to the ocean.  Food, grog ok but not much else if you are looking for the bush and beach etc.

In that area I would probaly look at Prices Point instead, much closer and not so commercial (I think Kiwiangler mentioned this some time ago, but I didn't listen).

regards, Klaus

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Thanks Klaus - is Prices Point and James Price Point one and the same? We too had read similar reports about Cape Leveque and had thought we might spend up to a week using Middle Lagoon as our base. From there we could (in theory) go and visit the likes of the Beagle Bay Church, Lombadina (to do the kayaking and traditional mud crabbing tours in particular) and Munget (mostly for the cafe more than anything) as well as visits to some of the other campsites (more for a sticky beak than anything else).
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Hi Doc

James Price Point is the same place. 
The Beagle Bay church is worth seeing, BUT it is after the 100K of VERY rough road.  This road is graded with a hollow in the middle, in places with a gradient of one metre from the edge down to the middle.  The 490 trailled well but other vans had trouble keeping up on the slope.

Going mud crabbing is worth doing as we have heard (but not done).

It is all doable if you know what you are doing and pick your way carefully.

Enjoy.

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Hi guys,
Our family has been travelling for 3months now in our 490 and Burgandy 100 Series LC. We spent about a month in and around Alice in Jul-Aug and have since then spent some time in Darwin. We are sadly now on our way back South through outback QLD & NSW.
We saw a few other Conquerors in Coober Pedy, 1 in Dalhoisie and 1 Cameron's Corner.
Too many big white boxes, and not enough of us out there!

It's a great big country out there to explore, Happy Travels!
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Saw what appeared to be another 490 (though it might have been a 440 - hard to tell as I only noticed it at the last moment) towed by a white 70 series 'Cruiser heading towards Darwin from Litchfield.
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