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  • enforcer Posts: 0
    enforcer
    08 Jan 2012 02:00 PM

    I have posted this in the Queensland section as a date claimer.

    We'll leave Mount Isa between Sunday 3rd June - Tuesday 6 June 2012. (TBA)

    The plan is we'll hook up with the Hogs and travel with them to the three ways.

    They'll turn right to the Darwin Hog Tri-challenge and we'll turn left and head to Alice Springs

    We'll stay overnight at the Alice and next day for the Rock, Olgas and check out some cave art.

    We have considered going back up to Darwin to the V8 Supercars in Hidden Valley. (probably won't)

    Accomodation will be tight so the departure date will be firmed up soon and more details will follow.

  • DICKOBIGFISH Posts: 0
    DICKOBIGFISH
    08 Jan 2012 03:10 PM
    You will have to jump in REAL quick for accommodation mate. Normally booked out 12 months in advance and if not expect to pay outrageous prices. Personally I wouldnt go anywhere near Darwin when the races are on...way over crowded. However thats me. Pity it wasnt in July -August..thats when we are doin our WA run.
    cheers
  • enforcer Posts: 0
    enforcer
    08 Jan 2012 03:30 PM
    I've heard about the shortage of Darwin accommodation at this time - thanks for the heads up Dicko.

    I'm pretty sure we'll just do Uluru and will confirm this very soon.
  • DICKOBIGFISH Posts: 0
    DICKOBIGFISH
    08 Jan 2012 04:45 PM
    Uluru is a bit of a shithole. Good to visit but personally I would stay at Curtain Springs. 80 klm away but really you only need a day trip to see the rock. Check out your maps and see waht ya reckon.
    Ulluru is way over priced and somewhat disappointing.
    BE VERY CAREFUL RIDING EARLY MORNING AND NEAR DUSK. Hve seen some bad accidents due to roos,cattle and camels.
    Will be bloody cold that time of year too.
    cheers
  • DICKOBIGFISH Posts: 0
    DICKOBIGFISH
    08 Jan 2012 04:46 PM
    Just remembered. The Finke Desert Race is on early June. FREEZING AT NIGHT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. bLOODY COLD DURING THE DAY AS WELL. hOWEVER IT IS A GOOD EVENT TO ATTEND.
  • enforcer Posts: 0
    enforcer
    08 Jan 2012 05:29 PM

    Hey Dicko thank you very much for this info. Its handy to get some local knowledge to give some scope on this. We've been on the internet looking at prices of accommodation in Uluru and you're right its as dear as poison!!! I did notice the further out you go the cheaper it gets. Curtain Springs does look the goods. We've got all the Gortex and associated thermals so the cold shouldn't bother us too much.

    Whats the Finke Desert Race like...have you been there or heard what its like?

  • CHARLIE Posts: 170
    Darwin NT
    Stock Poster CHARLIE
    08 Jan 2012 08:49 PM

    Enforcer why don't you keep going with the ISA mob as they are coming to Darwin for our Nt rally Queen's birthday weekend in June and the cars the following weekend and the challenge will be played out there, it is at the show grounds,so far they are coming from all round will be good.Charlie

  • enforcer Posts: 0
    enforcer
    08 Jan 2012 09:13 PM
    Tough call that one Charlie. We've never been to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock but we haven't been to Kakadu or Darwin.

    I do know that mid year is the way to go. I guess we could extend our itinerary to factor it in on the way back.

    We'll gauge peoples interest in the next few weeks and move from there mate.
  • CHARLIE Posts: 170
    Darwin NT
    Stock Poster CHARLIE
    09 Jan 2012 10:01 AM

    True to climb the Rock should be on your bucket list been there done that,if you come to Darwin you will be more than welcome.

  • enforcer Posts: 0
    enforcer
    09 Jan 2012 03:10 PM

    I agree Charlie...the Rock is definately a bucket list job. Theres a fair bit to see in the area so for now Darwin is out.

    It's also a good time as I'd rather contend with the early morning cold than 45 heat. We wouldn't have to contend with storms etc.

    I brought the below update across from the Queensland thread. We have four going and we're waiting to hear back from Rooster.

    Posted By enforcer on 09 Jan 2012 9:44 AM
    Posted By Fitzy on 09 Jan 2012 8:47 AM

    Trev,

    Not sure if we will make Alice as the first stop as it's just under 1200klm


    Thanks Tom....I got a bit ahead of myself there.   

    I've just double checked the trip planner. (timed travelling at 130 km/h)

    Mount Isa to Tennant Creek661.58km5 hrs 36 min

    Tennnant Creek to Alice Springs506.93km4 hrs 07 min

    Alice Springs to Uluru:                        468.62km4 hrs 20 min

     

    Darwin is a long way and might have to be another trip....

    1496.73km12 hrs 14 min

     

    I'm not sure how accurate these trip planners are.....Mount Isa to Townsville is normally 9 hours flat.

    903.55km9 hrs 55 min


     

  • DICKOBIGFISH Posts: 0
    DICKOBIGFISH
    09 Jan 2012 10:59 PM

    Went to the 2010 Finke. Telstra was a major sponsor and as I was working in Alice at the time I got free passes and entry to everything. BLOODY COLD during the day. Stayed in Alice at night in motel I,m talking minus degrees heremate. They leave their stubbies out in the open to keep cool. No ice needed. I couldnt even drink. As soon as I took a sip it went straight thru me. Coming from the tropics I had trouble adapting! Watching the start and the practice was good. Those guys are absolute fearless. I think Red Cetre Motorcycles have heaps of info about it..Use google to find out more

    The rock and the Olgas are well worth a look...as stated , even to tick it off the bucket list. Alice has a big aboriginal problem involving drunken behaviour, breakins and general anti social behaviour. has turned a lot of people off. (mainly at night) If you do stay in Alice I would definately stay in a goood motel with safe parking. I can recommend the Alice on Todd apartments, safe, clean with all mod cons and reasonably priced. Spent a month camped there. There are some great rides out of Alice so dont just stay a day or 2 .  3-4 nights at least, especially if you do some of the day rides in the area.

    The roadhouse at Kulgera has some good cabins also.  I would seriously consider motels/hotels where ever you can.

    You,ll love the 130kph roads. Just be mindful that there will be heaps of tourists...caravans and older drivers sitting on 90kph.Some sort of a mounted movie camera would be a bonus as would a normal camera.

    The Old Daly Waters pub is worth a stay if you get that far North. Oldest pub in the Territory. Some of the other lads on the forum have visited it.

    NT cops are generally pretty good and you shouldnt have any issues if you stick around the speed limit. Dynamite in towns as regards the speed limit.

    Reckon you,ll love it.

    cheers

  • Magilla Posts: 1519
    Top End. NT
    Motor Head Magilla
    13 Jan 2012 12:32 AM

    Done all you want to do Trev. Hook in mate, you'll love it !

    I doubt very much I'll be up here then, but you never know. I'll be travelling but may be able to fly back and pick up the bike just to make sure the battery is charged......  and a bit of stress relief.......

  • enforcer Posts: 0
    enforcer
    13 Jan 2012 06:54 AM
    I agree mate we could all use some stress relief. I reckon we'll do the Top End at the end of the year.

    How long before you go on your trip?
  • Magilla Posts: 1519
    Top End. NT
    Motor Head Magilla
    13 Jan 2012 09:12 PM

    nothing set in concrete but it will be around April - May. Got to wait to see how the wet season pans out so I can go Barra fishing during the run off, for at least a month before I go. Ah..... a whole month fishing every day....gotta luv it!

  • Humbug Posts: 560
    Darwin
    Performance Poster Humbug
    16 Jan 2012 12:53 PM
    enforcer,just remember that if you come up at the end of the year it is the wet season, lots of rain and muggy. Come in the dry when it is nice and dry and cool,you can do and see more.

    Having said that,so far we are having a dry wet season in Darwin.
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