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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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 Creek: 661.58kmTime:5 hrs 36 min
Tennnant Creek to Alice Springs: 506.93kmTime:4 hrs 07 min
Alice Springs to Uluru: 468.62kmTime:4 hrs 20 min
Darwin is a long way and might have to be another trip....
Alice Springs to Darwin: Total distance:1496.73kmTime:12 hrs 14 min
I'm not sure how accurate these trip planners are.....Mount Isa to Townsville is normally 9 hours flat.
Townsville to Mount Isa: Total distance: 903.55kmTime:9 hrs 55 min
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.
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.......
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!