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Old 02-04-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Buchanan Highway

I'm just doing some very early pre-planning for a trip next year and wondered if anyone has done the Buchanan Highway.
There's a fair bit of info in a few other places but it's nearly all 4x4 related and opinions of road conditions vary so much according to the type of vehicle.
I realise it can change a lot between now and next year and the weather etc. but at this stage I'm just looking at opinions from a bike point of view.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Yeah Russ. Just sussing out all the alternatives. Seriously thinking of doing half a lap with the OCR in the middle of it. Time will pass very quickly methinks. 18 months to go
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:39 PM   #4
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Sounds like a stunning trip in the making.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:44 PM   #5
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Sounds like a stunning trip in the making.

Finally listened to the big BMW/KTM/ etc etc etc rider. If I don't do it now I'll never do it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:13 PM   #6
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Rode it in May last year. The Buchanan is good... east of Top Springs was like a highway. West of Top Springs, still good but a little stony in places.

Top Springs


I think this is Victoria River (this pic in May, by August will be almost dry)


Gregory NP track was closed. We were told by someone in Kununurra that Gregory NP is closed more often than opened.


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Old 02-05-2013, 01:21 AM   #7
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Rode it in May last year. The Buchanan is good... east of Top Springs was like a highway. West of Top Springs, still good but a little stony in places.

Top Springs


I think this is Victoria River (this pic in May, by August will be almost dry)


Gregory NP track was closed. We were told by someone in Kununurra that Gregory NP is closed more often than opened.


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Thanks mate. That's a good start. Just looking at it as an alternative to the Tanami at the moment. The Buchanan looks doable on my own whereas the Tanami might be a bit more risky.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:40 AM   #8
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Thanks mate. That's a good start. Just looking at it as an alternative to the Tanami at the moment. The Buchanan looks doable on my own whereas the Tanami might be a bit more risky.
They are both easy
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:52 AM   #9
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Did the Buchanan Hwy in 2011 and it was a great ride we were coming from Kununurra and did the ride to Top Springs in a day. As someone has already mentioned it is a good "highway" with some corrugations and stony stretches but quite scenic in places. I'd recommend the ride. The stay at Top Springs was good too. Camping behind the pub, with a decent meal and breakfast available.



A nice spot on the Buchanan

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Edit: The Tanami is just long and corrugated. That was how we got to WA and returning by the Buchanan. We did take the road north (off the Tanami) through Lajamanu and ending up at Kalkarinji on the Buntine Hwy, before heading for Marella gorge and then up the Duncan Rd to Lake Argyle. All these roads were fantastic, with a lot to look at and some nice high speed dirt in places.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:24 AM   #10
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Thanks WH, looks ok.

Next question How many of the roads up there am I going to need permits for.
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Hi Clancy,

No permits in any of the spots I have mentioned. We rode into the Bungle Bungles and there was an entry fee. I'd recommend El Questro for a couple of nights. Camping was $15 per night and theres a lot to do there, and there is a great bar, entertainment on some nights and a fire pit.

Make sure you do the ride from Kununurra to Wyndham on Parry Creek Road and then from Wyndham to the Pentecost River crossing on the Gibb River Rd using the track along the King River and you wind your way between the Cockburn Ranges and the Pentecost river on some sensational track. The last few K's was hard going in some bulldust and sand, but the rest of the ride is well worth it. Make sure you use "the Marshes" track.

A good source of local info is LC8TY, an inmate here.[IMG]




Here's a shot of the Marshes ride.

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Old 02-05-2013, 05:03 AM   #12
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:11 AM   #13
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No permits in any of the spots I have mentioned. We rode into the Bungle Bungles and there was an entry fee. I'd recommend El Questro for a couple of nights. Camping was $15 per night and theres a lot to do there, and there is a great bar, entertainment on some nights and a fire pit.

Make sure you do the ride from Kununurra to Wyndham on Parry Creek Road and then from Wyndham to the Pentecost River crossing on the Gibb River Rd using the track along the King River and you wind your way between the Cockburn Ranges and the Pentecost river on some sensational track. The last few K's was hard going in some bulldust and sand, but the rest of the ride is well worth it. Make sure you use "the Marshes" track.

A good source of local info is LC8TY, an inmate here.[IMG]




Here's a shot of the Marshes ride.

Cheers WH

Thanks again I want to have a look at the Ord river dam while I'm up there too so I'll cover that bit fairly well. Not interested in anything east of the Stuart There's going to be enough ground to cover as it is. It's early days yet but I'm just trying to get a better idea of where things are and what roads connect it all together.
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You are one lucky SOB, Clancy.

The next 18 Months of planning will be exciting enough. What follows straight after that will be sensational.
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