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    Just finished driving the David Carnegie Road from The Great Central Road to the Gunbarrel Hwy.The track to the Gunbarrel is about 180kms.The first 80 or so to Empress Springs is very straightforward with no issues, we ran tyre pressures of 24/28. Empress Springs is a hole in the ground with a ladder to get down , it was dry when we were there. There's a visitors book to make some comments if you wish. From Empress Springs on it's much slower going as the track becomes very rocky with a few sandy sections. We dropped to 22/24 for this section.There's a couple of steep rocky jump ups in the last 20 kms and these were quite closed in with scrub , but with care " pinstriping " can be avoided. There's also , as stated on the Hema map " numerous large washouts" but there's tracks around so no issues.We came across a wrecked camper that had most stuff still intact such as jerrycan and gas holders etc.The track is of course isolated. We only saw 2 other cars. As for wildlife we saw nothing except for 4 recently shot camels. The country is a variety of small trees , spinifex and mulga , so firewoods' not a problem.All in all an interesting rather than daunting track. We stayed at Tjukarilya before starting the trip (diesel $2.52/li). Once on the Gunbarrel we turned west. The GB is a very good graded road all the way to Wiluna.
    Tyre pressures back to 28/30.As an aside we took the gravel to Meekatharra and then on to Mt Augustus. At Mt Augustus there was a Jeep Grand Cherokee that had sidewall punctures to two low profile tyres mounted on 20" rims. On the track from Meeka we got stopped by a bloke in a Commodore who asked if we had a pump to pump up his spare , the spare was showing the steel belts and had too many holes to patch so he went on his way with the sun going down and still 140kms to go to Meeka.

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    Heading that way next month, thanks for the heads-up. Not travelling via the David Carnegie Road in particular but will be on the Gunbarrel and the Great Central Road.