Carson River Track
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Carson River Track

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The Carson River Track could possibly be one of the toughest 4 wheel  drive challenges that exist in Australia. The photographer of this image spent 5 days with some friends and 2 4 wheel drive cars and only managed to make it 104 kilometres up the track from where it starts at Home Valley Station. The track winds its way through a remote part of a region of Australia known as the Kimberley. This region is famous for its spectacular gorges and large river systems. For part of the year the region is accessible with 4 wheel drive vehicle, for the remainder of the year, during the wet season, roads may be closed and or impassable to any traffic.
Here the Carson River Track crosses the Forrest River for the last time before the track takes you through the now closed Aboriginal community of Oombulgurri. The river crossing seen in this image took this group of travellers around 5 hours to make it the 600 metres from one side of the river to the other. Much of this time was spent surveying and road building, the actual driving over the newly formed “track” was not exactly fast either, with low range gears selected and in 1st gear the going was extremely slow, the cars had to be guided along the route by one of the party as the rocks being driven over, if they hit the wrong part of the car could mean disaster for the expedition.
Please let this photo come as a warning to anyone thinking of travelling on this track. I have on quite a few of the tracks that are generally thought to be tough in Australian standards, please be aware that the Carson River Track is in a league of its own and really does not compare with anything that I’ve experienced before in Australia. Keep in mind that this track sees very little traffic and the track may be difficult to follow in many places, heavy rains during the wet season is likely to wash parts of the track out and make travel over these parts of the track impossible without first building a new route to travel over. If your car breaks here and you can’t fix it then it will likely have to remain there forever. Please contact me (find my email address on my profile page) if you’re thinking of trying to travel on this track and I can supply more advice.

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